When working in the small business sector, networking and different business strategies are key. The perfect place to meet, connect with, and learn from different industry professionals is a small business conference. There are many different options of conferences, summits, and expos in 2017, so finding the right one for you and your small business is crucial!
Small Business Conference in 2017
1. Small Business Expo January 18, 2017 – November 9, 2017
Held in 18 major cities, the Small Business Expo is the largest small business conference of its kind that provides information for small business owners or entrepreneurs who are starting a small business. The expo provides the opportunity to browse through hundreds of vendors that can help a small business grow as well as attend workshops and seminars.
2. Startup Grind February 21-22, 2017
Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating and connecting 400,000 founders in over 200 cities. The Startup Grind summit features successful local founders, innovators, educators, and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great small businesses and companies.
3. South By Southwest March 10 – 19 2017
The SXSW Conference provides an opportunity for global professionals and small business owners at every level to participate, learn, and network in the film, music, and art industry.
4. 1st Latin American Governance, Risk and Compliance Summit 2017 March 20-23 2017
A summit for Latin American small businesses to develop a risk framework, set the risk appetite, and deliver business growth. This summit will provide the opportunity for small businesses to learn how to incorporate this culture in your organization more deeply and easily. The summit will share methodologies in different companies and countries as delegates work together with speakers to build a common ground and discuss the best practices to define excellence in risk.
5. Growth & Success March 21, 2017
This educational and networking event is dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs at all stages who are stuck in the daily grind of building their small businesses so that they may get solid advice and guidance. A panel of experts in various disciplines and many business coaches will share their tips on topics including growth, marketing, management, and small business success.
6. Social Media Marketing World 2017 March 22-24, 2017
Join the world’s leading social media experts as you discover actionable tips and strategies that will improve your small business’s social media marketing efforts.
7. Next Generation Customer Experience March 27-29, 2017
The Next Generation Customer Experience brings together senior level customer experience executives across all industries to discuss the latest customer experience strategies. This summit is for the small business that wants to develop a cutting-edge CX strategy or benefit from focused networking.
8. Launch Festival March, 2017
The Launch festival offers a convergence of some of the most talented movers and shakers in the realm of social innovation and technology. The festival aims to inspire entrepreneurs and give them the necessary tools and support to launch their new ventures.
9. Tech Cruise 2017 April 16 – 23, 2017
Tech Cruise is a seven night tech networking cruise onboard the Royal Caribbean ‘Oasis of the Seas’ Cruise Ship. With small business owners able to networking a relaxed environment, it is the perfect place to build a professional network, find business partners, generate new ideas, and learn in the technical realm.
10. Young Entrepreneur Convention April 21-22, 2017
A convention made by young entrepreneurs for young entrepreneurs in the small business realm and beyond. A convention that provides resources and connections along with specialized training sessions to help get the next generation of entrepreneurs up and running.
11. 99U June 7-9, 2017
A conference for creative small business owners who want to make or are making their dreams a reality. This New York based conference mixes socializing with networking and creativity with pragmatic, real world insights that transcend the small business sector.
12. WBENC National Conference and Business Fair – June 20-22, 2017
The largest conference for women business owners in the U.S. The WBENC National Conference and Business Fair is attended by representatives from the Fortune 500 and the U.S. Government,Women’s Business Enterprises,, and select partner organizations whose missions align with WBENC’s vision of expanding women’s business opportunities in the marketplace.
The conference aims to provide education and training to minority contractors in the small business sector in building and construction trades. Helping them work with public and private sources in the design and implementation of technical training in construction and building trades, designed to enhance the competitive viability of minority contractors.
14. America’s Small Business Summit 2017 September 11-13, 2017
America’s Small Business Summit is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s annual small business event that empowers entrepreneurs to become a voice for small business. The summit gives small businesses access to the experience and perspective of hundreds of small business owners facing the same challenges you face while giving you the tools, strategies, and best practices to compete successfully in today’s rapidly changing business environment.
15. Asian Small Business Expo – September, 2017
A business-to-business Expo that engages the Asian small business community. The expo helps the growing economic force of the Asian small business market find mainstream connections.
16. Smart Workspace Design Summit October 12-13, 2017
An international summit designed to help small businesses and startups develop work space trends to boost productivity and creativity. The summit offers a workplace transformation in closing the gap between HR, IT, and real estate for your developing small business.
17. Pubcon November 6-9, 2017
A social media and optimization conference is supported by the industry’s leading businesses, speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors involved in Internet marketing, search engines, and digital advertising. The conference offers an in-depth look at the future of technology presented by the world’s top speakers.
These different conferences and networking events are a great way to meet other small business owners who share your similar concerns and challenges. You can choose to attend one conference or mix and match different expos and summits that cater to your exact small business needs. Through all of these events, you will be able to find different improvements in all fields that feed into your small business and allow you to strengthen and grow your small business.