If you’re looking for a reason to take a day away from work so you can learn something new, Texans get March 3rd off for Texas Independence Day. Still, regardless of where you live, you don’t need an excuse to ditch the workplace for a day or two to declare yourself independent from doing things in the same old ways.
People who take time to learn more about business or their industry are making a valuable investment in themselves and their companies. The networking opportunities alone make it worthwhile. So, check out the following events to see which ones might help you take your business over the top.
Events Around the Country
What it is: A two day experience comprised of transformative presentations, panel discussions, keynotes that will change your life, and collaboration forums led by top industry entrepreneurs, business professionals, and media personalities.
When and where: March 6 – 7, 2020, New York, NY
Why it’s worth attending: This summit, which sells out every year, promises that participants will leave with revitalized souls and sharper mindsets, while empowering them to take the next big step in their personal and professional endeavors.
Cost: $125 – $250
What it is: The first of seven small group training classes that discusses the basics of starting and running a successful business.
When and where: March 11, 2020 (multiple dates available), Chicago, IL via a Webinar
Why it’s worth attending: Armed with a laptop, notebook, and list of your questions, this interactive session provides what you need to know to start and run your business, including naming your business, choosing your business set-up, financials, and much more.
What it is: An event that is geared towards the growing community of entrepreneurs, artists, creators, and innovators, from those in the beginning stages to those who are years into their ventures.
When and where: March 12, 2020, New York, NY
Why it’s worth attending: In addition to hearing from an experienced entrepreneur, who now provides legal services focused on startups, participants have the opportunity to grow their networks with like-minded people. Complimentary beer, wine, soft drinks and pizza will be served.
Cost: Starts at $5
What it is: A workshop that guides you toward a clear picture of where your business will be in 90 days as you build a step-by-step action plan.
When and where: March 20, 2020, San Francisco, CA
Why it’s worth attending: You leave with a ready-to-implement action plan to use for the next 90 days in your business. You can spend one day each quarter to develop new plans into the future, one quarter at a time.
Cost: $155 – $695
What it is: A free workshop that provides a roadmap for new entrepreneurs who want to acquire a business or franchise.
When and where: March 24, 2020, Charlotte, NC
Why it’s worth attending: Intended for individuals who have a strong interest in business ownership and have liquid assets of at least $100,000, the workshop covers a long list of important considerations, including a proven buying process, choosing between buying an independent business vs. a franchise, financing options, and much more. This is an educational event that does not sell to participants or ask them to openly share private information. Register early to ensure a seat at this limited-seating event.
What it is: A one-to-one consultation program to help you and your startup or business.
When and where: March 30, 2020, San Francisco, CA (location TBA, check back)
Why it’s worth attending: The 30 – 60 minute sessions are customized to address the unique characteristics of each participant’s business, and goes into explicit detail on fund-raising options and other related business information.
Events in Austin
What it is: A two-day event that provides an opportunity to see and compare all business ownership options under one roof — and attend free seminars to learn about franchise ownership.
When and where: March 1, 2020, Austin, TX
Why it’s worth attending: Provides in-person contact with the hottest businesses so you can ask questions and obtain information in a no-pressure environment. Free seminar topics include Legal Advice, How to Choose the Business for You, Financing Options, and more.
What it is: A panel discussion that recounts mistakes made and lessons learned. Snacks, dessert, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are offered.
When and where: March 3, 2020, Austin, TX
Why it’s worth attending: Individuals who are taking on a startup venture can avoid errors by learning from the experiences of the panelists and by networking with other attendees.
What it is: A general overview of the potential steps in the City of Austin’s development process.
When and where: March 10, 2020, Austin, TX
Why it’s worth attending: Helps attendees identify the processes that are relevant to their business location and how to navigate the steps in a timely and efficient manner.
What it is: An 11-module class that delves into the definition of ethics and explores how they apply within the workplace and pertain to business and social responsibilities.
When and where: March 13, 2020, Austin, TX
Why it’s worth attending: Since a company’s ethics influence all levels of business, this course helps participants to understand how they apply to customers, employees, suppliers, competitors, and more.
Cost: $695 – $995
What it is: A workshop that covers the SBA 7 (a) loan guaranty program, explaining the loan process, eligibility, rates, and other financing alternatives.
When and where: March 24, 2020, Austin, TX
Why it’s worth attending: It provides the opportunity to learn directly from an SBA Lender Relations Specialist/Veterans Representative about an alternative to financing your startup or growing business.
What it is: A course that provides practical, step- by-step instruction on how to develop a business plan for a start-up business or for those seeking to expand an existing business.
When and where: March 31, 2020, Austin, TX
Why it’s worth attending: It provides the opportunity to learn how to develop the document that is often considered essential to the financial institutions or private investors that you need to fund your venture. This course counts toward the six-course requirement needed to earn your Business Skills Certification.