Events for Every Entrepreneur ― Winter/Spring 2011

These exciting and informative conferences, forums and meetings are designed to help you with all aspects of your home-based or other small or medium- sized business, distributorship, licensee opportunity or franchise.   Check out what’s going on in your region of the country this winter and throughout the coming spring:

Note:  The Nationwide category contains events that are being replicated in various locations, whereas the remaining singular events are sorted by region of the country. 


Tory Johnson’s Spark and Hustle National Tour, February through May, 2011

Various Locations (Northeast, Central, Midwest, Southeast and Pac West Regions)

Intended for women business owners to provide them with an affordable weekend retreat where they can learn what to do to transform their fledgling or floundering businesses into profitable ventures.  Dates and locations:

February 3-5, Los Angeles, CA

February 10-12, Tulsa, OK

March 10-12, New York, NY

March 24-26, Dallas, TX

April 7-9, Chicago, IL

May 12-14, Boston, MA

May 19-20, Orlando, FL

Northeast Region

Small Business Administration (SBA) NYS Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Various Dates, January through June 2011

Various New York State-Area Locations

Vast array of topics to assist start-up and established small business entrepreneurs, including business plan basics, veterans assistance, fast track to success, finance, online entrepreneurship, social media marketing, accounting, marketing research, legal clinic and so much more!

Mid-Atlantic Region

Small Business Conference 2011, April 7, 2011

JW Marriott Hotel, Washington, DC

Addresses the unique needs of small businesses in the government IT marketplace.


The Dow House, Trenton, NJ

Priceless Professionals presents “The Best and Biggest Entrepreneur Networking Expo in New Jersey.”

America’s Small Business Summit 2011, May 23-25, 2011

Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC

U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s annual event unites small business owners, managers and entrepreneurs from across the country to learn, network and discuss common legislative and management concerns.

Southeast Region

2011 Small Business Summit, January 7, 2011

Guilford Technical Community College- Small Business Center, Jamestown Campus, Jamestown, NC

Also sponsored by the Greensboro and High Point Chambers of Commerce and the Guilford Merchants Association.  Learn about how to fund your start-up, growing your company, researching competitors and customers, finding government contracts and more!

Franchise Expo South (FES), January 14-16, 2011

Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, FL

Join thousands of entrepreneurs and business owners at the FES, the premier franchise expo serving the Southeastern U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean.  Learn about hundreds of proven franchised businesses at every investment level.

SCORE QuickSTART Series Workshops, January 15, 2011

Port Charlotte, FL

First of six weekly sessions for the nascent entrepreneur (0-18 mos. in business) providing an overview of how to launch a new business in Florida.

Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2011 GROWTH Conference, January 20, 2011

Atlanta, GA

Start a new chapter in your company’s achievements this year with everything you need to know to identify and seize incredible opportunities, as well as tackle tough challenges.

2011 Small Business Institute Annual Conference, February 17-19, 2011

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, Bonita Springs, FL

Features small business and entrepreneurial best practices, as well as field-based student consulting.

TPG (The Pinkett Group LLC) 2011 Small Business Conference, March 19, 2011

Doubletree Guest Suites Galleria, Marietta, GA

Designed for those who are interested in starting a business or who currently own one that want to expand their business networks with other small business entrepreneurs and learn about business opportunities, products and services.

Southeast Entrepreneurship Conference, April 1-3, 2011

University of Tampa, Tampa, FL

Two-day, intensive program is designed to take a student from nothing to an established business in no time flat!  Receive expedited, one-on-one attention from consultants and experienced entrepreneurs.

Transitions 2011: Family Governance, Legacy, Wealth and Generational Change, April 7-8. 2011

Grand Bohemian Hotel, Orlando, FL

This conference created for family companies by family companies features three powerful half-day sessions focused on delivering information and ideas you can put to work now for your family company.

2011 Business Expo, April 20, 2011

Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC

A tried and true Triangle tradition, Expo is a proven way to showcase your company and provides foot traffic, maximum visibility and countless leads.

2011 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo, May 22-25, 2011

Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel, Atlanta, GA

Rethink your business today!  Build networks and explore new growth opportunities while attending this one-of-a-kind, high-power conference of hundreds of deal makers.

Mid-South Region

Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce EXPO 2011, March 16, 2011

Chattanooga Convention Center, Chattanooga, TN

Hundreds of business, civic and community leaders will tour this showcase of the latest products and services from the Chattanooga business community.  Don’t miss Chattanooga’s only business trade show of the year!

FUTURALLIA 2011: 16th International Business Development Forum, Mary 18-20, 2011

Kansas City, MO

Business matchmaking at its finest, FUTURALLIA gathers more than 800 entrepreneurs from more than 30 countries for two days of pre-selected and pre-arranged one-on-one business meetings.

Midwest Region

Fourth Annual EntreFest! Conference, February 24-25, 2011

Hotel Julien, Dubuque, IA

Provides small business owners with the opportunity to spend time working on their businesses in a fun and informal setting through tools, information and networking.

SAME (Society of American Military Engineers) Midwest Small Business EXPO 2011, March 16-17, 2011

Hilton Chicago/Northbrook, Northbrook, IL

Geared towards construction, A/E, environmental and related services, offering participants great networking opportunities, technical learning sessions, as well as one-on-one meetings with prime contractors and Federal agency reps.

The Self Employment Expo, April 2, 2011

Oaklawn Hilton, Oak Lawn, IL

Introduce your franchise, business opportunity, independent contractor information and business products/services to hundreds of people and find out why nearly 50% of exhibiting businesses return to this exciting event year after year.

8th Annual Women’s Business Conference, April 21, 2011

Plaza Hotel and Suites, Eau Claire, WI

With an anticipated 300+ participants, specifically targets female entrepreneurs who are starting, expanding and/or working to improve their businesses and offers networking opportunities, business-related educational sessions and one-on-one SBA counseling.

Western States Region

International Franchise Association (IFA) Annual Convention, February 13-16, 2011

MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, NV

Learn best practices, engage your peers and chart the future at this year’s 51st annual IFA convention of franchise business professionals.

25th Annual Reservation Economic Summit (RES 2011) and American Indian Business Trade Fair, March 14-17, 2011

Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, NV

The premier gathering of American Indian and Indigenous Entrepreneurs, tribal entrepreneurs, tribal representatives, corporations and government agencies.  Two days of business information and training geared specifically for native entrepreneurs, tribal enterprises and organizations wishing to do business with American Indian businesses.

SPREE 2011: The Specialty Retail Entrepreneur Expo and Conference, April 12-14, 2011

Sands Expo and Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV

Retailers, specialty leasing managers or prospective entrepreneurs looking for the newest concepts, locations or services to start or grow your specialty retail business, as well as exhibitors seeking new sales opportunities, SPREE is for you!

Pacific West Region

Small Business Administration (SBA) Event Series, Various Dates, January through March, 2011

SBA Entrepreneur Center, San Francisco, CA

Covers a far-reaching range of topics, including start-up and brand building, low-cost business resources, starting a business in San Francisco, financing, business law basics, effective websites, taxes and SBA certification.

NextGen Conference 2011, January 12, 2011

Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

Brings together young, aspiring, as well as established entrepreneurs with more experienced business owners and venture capitalists.

LtdEXPO2011: A Conference for Entrepreneurial Women, January 13, 2011

Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, CA

Especially for women entrepreneurs!  Launch your dream business or take what you’ve already accomplished to the next level by connecting with all the resources, tools and people who can help you.

WaHB (Work-at-Home Business) Expo, March 5-6, 2011

Del Mar Fairgrounds on the Ocean San Diego North, Del Mar, CA

Find a wide selection of business models and programs specifically focused on growing the at-home business movement, as well as products and services catered to the home-based business owner.

Keeping the Promise: Meeting the Needs of Disabled, Veteran-Owned Businesses, May 23-24, 2011

Los Angeles (LAX) Marriott, Los Angeles, CA

Two-day exposition designed to ensure disabled, veteran-owned businesses are given a chance to grow, therefore providing for their own financial stability.

2011 Biz@Home Conference and Expo, June 18-19, 2011

Hyatt Regency Valencia and Santa Clarita Conference Center, Santa Clarita, CA

Featuring opportunities, products, services and information for existing and emerging home-based business entrepreneurs.  For more information, contact Gary Buterbaugh, High Impact Event Resources at