October 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 October 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.

September Business Events

The Folio Show

What it is: An event for magazine and digital media executives that includes strategies and tactics in deploying smart marketing, creating compelling content, powering up events, streamlining production and ad ops, and boosting sales.

Where are when: October 9-11, New York

Why it’s worth attending: Conference tracks, networking, and a look at new technologies give those in media a chance to see leading trends.

Cost: $150-$4,170


Listening to the Voice of the Customer

What it is: A training workshop that introduces Voice of the Customer market research and teaches participants to use it to accelerate innovation in business-to-business markets.

Where are when: October 11-12, Chicago

Why it’s worth attending: Learn how to analyze customer interviews to extract customer needs, select the best research methodologies, and use quantitative methodologies to prioritize needs for product development.

Cost: $1,495-$1,795


Cyber Security Chicago 2017

What it is: A cyber-security conference that includes seminars on all facets of cyber security and risk mitigation, from perimeter firewalls to the latest threat intelligence solutions.

Where are when: October 18-19, Chicago

Why it’s worth attending: Hear from industry experts on how you can build stronger defenses against cyber-attacks & how to recover if your systems are breached.

Cost: Available with login


Chief Learning Officer Forum

What it is:  A conference that will include keynote presentations, case studies, panel discussions, and discussion groups focused on a range of topics including: employee engagement, talent management, analytics and data, content curation, change management, diversity and inclusion and organizational change.

Where are when: October 24-26, Boston

Why it’s worth attending: Network with and learn from leading minds in the learning and development industry about best strategies to promote engagement, leadership development and retention of the current and future workforce.

Cost: $595-$2,545



Austin Area Events


Small Business Expo

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

Where and when: October 3, Palmer Events Center

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


The ABCs of Networking

What it is: A seminar focused on helping business owners find a way to turn connections into long-term and mutually beneficial relationships.

Where are when:  October 4, Austin Business Journal

Why it’s worth attending: Learn to think differently about your interactions with clients, prospects and other people in your business community.

Cost: $45-$125


B2B Marketing Forum

What it is: An event that will examine new tactics and innovative approaches that align marketing and sales to grow long-term, profitable client relationships.

Where are when: October 5-6, JW Marriott Austin

Why it’s worth attending: Build new relationships, share best practices, and gain direct insight from other peers attending and working on the same priorities.

Cost: $2,250-$2,550


Making Central Texas Work: Regional Growth Solutions

What it is: Hear from regional experts on how to manage growth and what’s next for our region.

Where are when: October 30, JW Marriott Austin

Why it’s worth attending: What is the future of transportation, land use, water and electricity? Improving traffic and transit infrastructure is a regional issue that is directly related to growth, development and the success of the region. Learn about how Central Texas is facing these challenges, and network with business leaders.

Cost: $65-$75




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