This week’s list has some excellent opportunities for growing companies to learn and network over the next few months.

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The Way I Work: A Network and Learn Business Series
Multiple Dates and Cities

Aug 3: Columbus – Presents Ross O. Youngs, CEO of Algaeventure Systems
Aug 10: Dallas – Presenter TBD
Aug 11: San Francisco – Presents Eric Ryan, Co-Founder of Method Home
Sep 14: Chicago
Sep 23: New York

The evening will include an interactive discussion based on the Inc. Magazine column ‘The Way I Work’, followed by a moderated question and answer period. You will have the opportunity to network with like-minded entrepreneurs in your city over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.


Finding and Funding Growth
August 3, 2010, 2pm EDT, Webinar

Marilyn Landis of Basic Business Concepts and Diane Helbig of Seize This Day Coaching bring you a 3-part, action oriented webinar designed to help small business owners grow their businesses.


Web Design for Startups
August 5, 2010, New York City

This event will provide an overview of essential design topics for web entrepreneurs, provide an overview of working at a startup for designers, and connect designers and startups. Panel topics include:

* What are the essential web design disciplines and why is each important? – graphic/visual, interaction, information architecture, print, branding/identity, user experience, research, usability testing, etc.
* Examples of startups with successful web design. How were these design efforts staffed/resourced?
* Startup design prioritization – how to know which design tasks are essential at which point in a given startup.
* In-house vs. outsourcing design – can you find a designer to do everything? What are the costs of hiring a design firm?


Business Across Borders
August 5, 2010, San Francisco
August 18, 2010, Houston
August 19, 2010, Los Angeles

At the Business Across Borders event series, brought to you by Inc. and DHL, you will have the opportunity to meet leaders from America’s fastest-growing international companies. These Inc. 5000 self-starters are running some of the most exciting and diverse organizations in the world. They will distill their expertise and equip you with the tools to grow your company and increase your profitability. The evening will include interactive events, a panel discussion, extended question and answer session, and a generous timeframe for you to network with like-minded entrepreneurs in your city.


Building and Sustaining SMART Businesses: Access to Capital Forum

August 6, 2010, New York City

This Forum will focus on all the essentials to be SMART about understanding how your business can prepare for access to capital. Panel discussions include Setting Your Foundation, Building Your Network: What does this have to do with capital? and Pursuing Capital. Sponsored by Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center, Internal Revenue Service, Small Business Administration, Capital One


MarketingSherpa’s Email Marketing Essentials Workshop Training
Multi-City Tour

Using Case Studies and research as a basis, every tactic discussed during the course has been proven. This one-day workshop is based on MarketingSherpa’s Best Practices in Email Marketing Handbook. You’ll receive a FREE copy ($497 value) to be used as your textbook during the course that you can take back to your office for future reference.

August 10, San Diego, CA
August 13, Phoenix, AZ


Western Regional Business Matchmaking
August 17, 2010, San Jose, CA

Presented by HP, American Express OPEN and American Airlines in cooperation with the California Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the California Small Business Development Centers, the Business Matchmaking Western Regional Face-to-Face Event will be hosted at the Doubletree Hotel San Jose located in San Jose, CA on Tuesday, August 17, 2010. Participating firms will receive advance education and tools to prepare for face-to-face meetings with buyers from federal, state and local government agencies and major corporations.


The Science of Presentations With Dan Zarrella
August 19, 2010, 1:00pm EDT, Webinar

Want to master the skill of presenting? Reserve your spot today for this free, live webinar to learn how a scientific approach toward presentations can turn you into a marketing star, and you’ll also receive the complimentary eBook with original survey data.


Maximize Your Success – SCORE, HP & Intel: Small Business Workshops
Multiple cities & dates

SCORE, HP, and Intel provide real insights and simple solutions to help you increase efficiencies, boost your productivity and grow your business.

You will get essential advice on technology-based solutions and marketing strategies that can help your small business, including how to better understand and target your customers more effectively, rethink your marketing in the digital age, and manage your own marketing can reduce costs and increase sales.

8/18: Nashville
9/14: Chicago
10/14: San Antonio
10/20: Minneapolis
10/27: Washington, DC Area
11/16: Tampa


Brooklyn Trade Show
September 14, 2010, Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Trade Show is creating countless opportunities by bringing together premier businesses from Brooklyn, NYC, Long Island and the greater metropolitan area with national corporations, entrepreneurs, non-profits, government agencies, business advocacy groups and the media.


September 18, 2010 – Seattle, WA
September 24, 2010 – New York City
October 23, 2010 – San Francisco, CA

BizTechDay is one of the fastest growing business and technology conferences where inspiring entrepreneurs share practical business and technology strategies. Their goal is to inspire, educate & connect entrepreneur through the power of real-time interaction. Their purpose is to bring innovative and practical ideas and help grow a new generation of entrepreneurs. If you’re in one of these cities, or nearby, this is a must-attend event.


High-Growth Startups Featuring the Founder of Gilt Groupe
September 20, 2010, New York City

Hear Alexandra Wilkis Wilson (HBS ???04), Founder of Gilt Groupe, discuss her experience as an entrepreneur in the exciting world of fashion.

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson is a Founder of Gilt Groupe and its Chief Merchandising Officer. She has twelve years of international experience in the luxury goods, retail and finance sectors. Most recently she oversaw retail operations at BVLGARI overseeing 15 North American stores. Prior to that Alexandra managed Leather Goods Sales Planning for Louis Vuitton North America.


New Marketing Experience – Chicago
September 21, 2010

Imagine a world where you can take your One Big Idea and tap over 100 other participating conference attendee and experts and each of their One Big Ideas. All in a structured, fast-paced and highly interactive one-day program under the direction of Chris Brogan and the team from New Marketing Labs.

Bring your One Big Idea – and submit it to us on the exclusive New Marketing Labs’ My Big Idea website. The ideas will be packaged and turned into six dynamic sessions where many of the limited audience will get to present their idea. Participants get the full set of ideas in e-book format.


Inc. 500 | 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony
September 30-October 2, 2010, Washington, DC

The 2010 Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony celebrates Inc. magazine’s revered ranking of America’s fastest-growing privately held companies. The momentous event brings together current Inc. 5000 honorees and alumni of the list to recognize the remarkable achievements of these companies and the great contributions they have made to the global economy.

The event offers educational sessions, rousing keynotes, important networking, and unforgettable special events. The conference culminates in a black-tie gala dinner and awards ceremony in which all current year honorees are recognized. The Inc. 500 | 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is open to honorees, alumni, and other growth-minded entrepreneurs.


Winning Strategies for Business Conference
October 5, 2010, Long Beach, CA

Create infinite possibilities for your business. Go further and achieve more. This full-day conference event will show you how with proven tactics to impact virtually every aspect of your business. From start to finish, discover insightful ideas, straightforward solutions and fresh perspectives with over half-a-dozen business strategists and experts leading the way.


BlogWorld Badge BlogWorld & New Media Expo
October 14 – 16, 2010, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV

This is the world’s largest New Media event where you can learn about content creation, distribution and monetization strategies, step-by-step techniques and bleeding-edge tools.

Monetization Superpanel- while there, be sure to check out this extended 2-hour session. Moderated by Jim Kukral, this panel features Jeremy “Shoemoney” Schoemaker; John Chow;  Darren Rowse;  and Anita Campbell (of Small Business Trends) — who will be sharing their secrets for monetizing a blog. Come with your questions and apply to get your blog and monetization ideas critiqued.


Inc. and Winning Workplaces present Competitive Cultures Conference:Leadership Strategies for Building Great Companies
October 27-29, 2010

Together, Inc. and Winning Workplaces will identify and honor those benchmark small and mid-sized businesses that offer truly innovative, supportive environments, thus achieving significant, sustainable business results. In the June issue of Inc., Winning Workplaces will name the top private companies that foster a productive work environment and satisfied employees. Join Inc. and Winning Workplaces for three days of exchanging new leadership strategies at the Denver Marriott City Center from October 27 through 29, 2010.


3rd Annual Women’s Empowerment Series Conference
November 6, 2010, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Join some of most successful entrepreneurs and professionals, who deliver their business, sales, marketing and leadership expertise and story to assure the continued growth and success of businesswomen.’s ‘ Anita Campbell will be speaking about “5 Ways to Conquer Fear and Spark New Profits in Your Small Business.”
Register here.


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