May Small Business Events

Small business events are a great way to broaden your knowledge and network, whether it’s within a specific industry or among more general group of business owners and entrepreneurs. Here’s our selection of March events taking place around the country, as well as in ChooseWhat’s hometown of Austin, Texas. Click on each event’s title to be directed to a site with more information.

May 2017 Small Business Events

Connecting Everything While Everything is in Motion

What it is: An open forum exploring the new age of data collection.

Where and when: May 2, Santa Clara, CA

Why it’s worth attending: How do we connect “everything” to “everything” when the nature of “everything” is changing so fast? What is the cost of adopting a fast-follower strategy? What types of skills, capabilities and mindsets do organizations need to rise to capitalize on opportunities while mitigating risks? In this future-focused and provocative conversation, Anthony Scriffignano, SVP/Chief Data Scientist at Dun & Bradstreet and Inderpal Bhandari, Global Chief Data Officer at IBM, will explore these questions and more.

Cost: $45-$70

Experiential Marketing Summit 2017

What it is: A training conference focused on emerging trends, best practices, and case studies in marketing.

Where and when: May 3-5, Chicago

Why it’s worth attending: Instruction from brand leaders, workshops, keynotes, and master classes all make this a hands-on event that will maximize your learning.

Cost: $1,745-$3,595

EntreLeadship 1-Day

What it is: A 1-day event drilling down on the essential foundations of business.

Where and when: May 10, Dallas

Why it’s worth attending: This one-day expo offers a wide range of workshops, seminars, and presentations from top industry experts, plus a chance to network.

Cost: $99-$320

Small Business Expo

What it is: A nationwide B2B trade show, conference, and networking event that takes place in 18 U.S. cities, including Boston this April.

Where and when: May 11, New York

Why it’s worth attending: This one-day expo offers a wide range of workshops, seminars, and presentations from top industry experts, plus a chance to network.

Cost: Free

HealthTech Conference

What it is: The NJ Tech Council’s 7th annual HealthTech Conference will bring together senior-level healthcare professionals and entrepreneurs to learn about cutting-edge innovations and foster dynamic conversation addressing how healthcare is being redefined through technology.

Where and when: May 16, Madison, WI

Why it’s worth attending: This event, aimed at professionals from senior and executive-level decision makers in healthcare and healthcare tech to entrepreneurs introducing wearables, apps, and data analytics products, will examines how transformative technologies are intersecting with healthcare delivery.

Cost: $20-$100

Austin Area Events


Small Business Festival

What it is: An event geared toward small business owners that explores topics including financing your business and expansion, marketing and social media, economic trends, and sales strategies.

Where and when: May 3-5, 800 Congress Ave.

Why it’s worth attending: Hear from CEOs, founders and business experts through keynote presentations, panel discussions, and interactive workshops on topics crucial to help small businesses grow big. Network, receive 1:1 business coaching and celebrate local successes with like-minded self-starters.

Cost: $99-$297

2017 Commercial Real Estate Awards

What it is: An annual event that recognizes projects – and the individuals and companies behind them – that exemplify best practices in the commercial real estate industry.

Where and when: May 10, Four Seasons Hotel, 98 San Jacinto Blvd.

Why it’s worth attending: This is a great opportunity to network and learn what industry pros have to say about the biggest projects and trends in Austin.

Cost: $185-$4,900

Risk: Analyzing and Addressing the Unavoidable

What it is: How can you make a rational economic decision when you don’t fully understand the nature of the risks you face or have all of the tools necessary to quantify, analyze and address them? This talk by McCombs Distinguished Senior Lecturer Britt Freund and UT Bureau of Economic Geology’s Chief Energy Economist Michelle Foss explores the nature of risk analysis and discuss strategies for effectively addressing certain types of risk, using the oil and gas industry as an example.

Where and when: May 5, AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, 1900 University Ave.

Why it’s worth attending: You’ll learn how people make difficult decisions when risks are unknown, what biases affect decision analysis, and how a corporation’s culture affects how people make decisions.

Cost: $25

Austin A-List

What it is: The A-List Awards, presented by the Austin Chamber and South by Southwest, celebrate and increase visibility for Austin’s most innovative startups.

Where and when: May 25, ACL Live at the Moody Theater, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd.

Why it’s worth attending: A fun event with lots of networking.

Cost: Available upon request

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