There are dozens of opportunities every year for entrepreneurs to fine-tune their business chops and bounce ideas off other professionals. These opportunities come in the form of summits, conferences, and conventions, and are often the source of the latest and best business practices.
One of the most significant events of the year is the Small Business Summit. This summit, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, is an opportunity for “over 900 small business owners, managers, and entrepreneurs from across the country to learn, engage, network, and grow.” It’s comprised of sessions and workshops held by the nation’s top educators, innovators, specialists, and entrepreneurs.
Another event dominating the conference space is the Small Business Expo, an event centered on helping small business owners, startups, and entrepreneurs take their businesses to the next level. This event is hosted in 10 major cities each year, making it accessible to almost every entrepreneur. Some experts consider this event the largest business-to-business trade show of the year.
While many business owners attend conferences that are entirely centered on small business, some of the more savvy conference-goers prefer attending events that are a little off the beaten path. SXSW (South by Southwest), for example, brings together the best minds in music, film, and business to discuss innovation. The Interactive division of the conference is notorious for helping business owners sharpen their marketing skills.
NMX: The Media Revolution is another fantastic event that brings bloggers, podcasters, and social media marketers to Las Vegas to discuss the latest strategies and tools for disseminating information. Any business owner looking to master their communication strategies should be at this conference.
Finally, there’s the fantastic Launch Festival being held in Sydney, Australia, this year. This festival features events like Founder & Investor Speed Dating, where 50 exceptional founders meet with 50 early-stage investors. During the main event, 30 investors, founders, and growth experts will teach entrepreneurs how to scale their startups.
The aforementioned events are the cream of the crop. Attendance at these conferences can be a useful tool for entrepreneurs looking to leverage innovative ideas for the betterment of their businesses.