Trick or treat? New business leads? …or is startup funding what you need? October is around the corner and once again small biz and startup communities throughout the country have organized enough worthwhile events to keep you busy learning, connecting, and growing all month long. Be sure to check out the following list to see what sweet retreats lie ahead.
Events Around the Country
America’s Small Business Summit
What it is: Small business leaders and experts from across the country team up to share their strategies and best practices with developing entrepreneurs and small business owners.
When and where: October 2 – 3, Washington, DC
Why it’s worth attending: A variety of trending business topics will be covered, such as cyber security, branding and marketing, social media, talent acquisition, mentorship, and business growth strategies.
Cost: $200 – $275
Small Business Day – Atlanta
What it is: Atlanta’s largest startup launch event designed to provide you with the momentum and financial backing to bring your business idea to life.
When and where: October 6, Atlanta, GA
Why it’s worth attending: The goal of the event is to launch 500+ businesses in a six-hour timeframe – to boost the number of locally owned small businesses in the Metro Atlanta Area. Successfully complete the Small Business Day Startup process and receive $1,500 in Startup Resources. There are only 300 tickets left for those interested in entering the startup process challenge – register while you still can!
QuickBooks for Business
What it is: A 1-day crash course for businesses interested in using Desktop QuickBooks to manage accounts – presented by an expert QB instructor.
When and where: October 13, Doral, FL
Why it’s worth attending: Learn how to use QuickBooks to organize and simplify your financial record keeping. Sign up ASAP as there are only 18 seats available.
Cost: $299 $197
2018 League for Entrepreneurial Women
What it is: An annual conference hosted by The League – An advocacy initiative that supports entrepreneurial women in the Greater Philadelphia region.
When and where: October 16, Philadelphia, PA
Why it’s worth attending: Hear first hand from keynote speakers on how to oppose and confront the growing business challenges female entrepreneurs face, as well as where to find resources to support their growing business interests.
Small Business Expo – Los Angeles – October 18
Small Business Expo – San Diego – October 25
Small Business Expo – Phoenix – October 31
What it is: A large scale trade show, conference and networking event for small business owners, entrepreneurs and startups taking place in several of the most vibrant startup hubs and tech cities throughout the US. ”Hosted in 20 major cities across the Country, Small Business Expo is the #1 Business to Business Networking Event dedicated to helping Small Business Owners take their business to the next level.”
When and where: October 18, Los Angeles, CA – October 25, San Diego, CA – October 31, Phoenix, AZ
Why it’s worth attending: A great networking opportunity for those seeking business partnerships, new talent, investors, or inspiration. Take advantage of the 25+ business workshops and seminars packed with information designed to help you and your business grow.
What it is: FUND is a conference designed to connect small business owners with investors, both seeking new business relations and growth opportunities.
When and where: October 24-25, Chicago, IL
Why it’s worth attending: Experience the amazing support system for entrepreneurs in Chicago. Pitch your business ideas to investors and peers and receive valuable feedback that can greatly assist in making pivotal business decision.
Federal Small Business Conference
What it is: A conference for small businesses interested in entering the federal marketplace.
When and where: October 31 – November 2, New Orleans, LA
Why it’s worth attending: There are many things to consider before pursuing a government contract. Discover if this is the right step for you and your business, learn best practices on entering the federal marketplace, and discover how to develop your business once you’re in.
Events in Austin
Get the Funds for Your Business
What it is: A class organized by Economic Growth Business Incubator. EGBI provides growing small businesses with tools to grow their business through education. This class is meant to help small businesses locate funding to stay afloat in the marketplace and promote growth.
When and where: October 1, Austin, TX
Why it’s worth attending: This class is 1 from a series of 8. If you are interested in attending further classes on small business growth and development, visit EGBI’s website to register for their Connectors Series at a discounted rate: http://egbi.org/biz/
Intro to the Austin Startup Scene: Female Founders & Women in Tech
What it is: An enlightening panel discussion led by 3 of Austin’s startup scene success stories: Capital Factory co-founder and managing director Mellie Price, Optimizely’s VP of Product Management Claire Vo, and YouEarnedIt’s CEO Autumn Manning.
When and where: October 2, Austin, TX
Why it’s worth attending: Whether you are interested in getting a job at a startup, seeking a co-founder, or looking for advice on how to meet investors and mentors, this event is sure to answer any question preventing you from diving into the Austin startup scene. If you have specific questions for the panelists, especially (but certainly not limited to) those concerning obstacles facing females in the startup and small business scene, you can submit them when you RSVP for the event.
Payments Education for Small Businesses
What it is: A seminar designed to educate merchants on the variety of payment methods, such as electronic payments: cards, ACH, and more.
When and where: October 4, Austin, TX
Why it’s worth attending: Taught by an expert in payment systems, the seminar will cover relative topics, such as: How merchants view their payments, What is payment management and why it’s needed, and Which payment methods your business should accept and why.
Small Biz Financials to Achieve Growth
What it is: A class for those who would like to improve their understanding of small business financial statements and learn how to maintain a detailed financial plan.
When and where: October 9, Austin, TX
Why it’s worth attending: Brian Marshall, the class instructor, serves as Director of Entrepreneurship for BCL (Business & Community Lenders) of Texas. He will cover financial topics, such as Source and use of funds, Demystifying business financials, Income statements, balance sheets and cash flow statements, and Financial analysis activities.
Small Business Administration Resources
What it is: An informative session for those interested in benefiting from SBA resources and programs designed to help small businesses start, grow, compete and succeed.
When and where: October 23, Austin, TX
Why it’s worth attending: Seeking small business support? The SBA has a nationwide network of partners who are prepared to help entrepreneurs and small business owners build their small business dreams into reality.
Google: Help Customers Find You!
What it is: A course that will teach you how to use Search Engine Optimization to naturally move your site to the top of the list on search engines such as Google.
When and where: October 25, Austin, TX
Why it’s worth attending: Course instructor, Greg Bright, will use real world examples to simplify the process and break down exactly how affective search engine optimization can be. Included with the course is a copy of Bright’s latest book, Play Google’s Game, containing 101 tips and techniques for high ranking and growing businesses online.