The Ultimate National Events Calendar 2015 / 2016’s list of nationwide events, conferences and activities is sure to have something that most any entrepreneur or small business owner will find helpful and compelling.

Each year we put out the Ultimate Opportunity Calendar of events. This year, we’ve enhanced and added to the description intro for each event and tried when possible to add an image for a visual representation.

Please make sure to bookmark our site and check back with us frequently, especially in the early spring when our Ultimate Small Business Conferences and Events Calendar update will be available for 2016 too.

Meantime, just page down to the region or regions of the country you’re most interested in, and let the planning of what to do in 2015/2016 start…


National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration ― May 4th – 8th, 2015

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.

As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) & Online Small Business Learning Center — Year-Round

A list of monthly ongoing virtual and in-person events on a whole range of topics to assist small business owners with everything from marketing and taxes to business management and strategic planning…and everything in between. Filter by topic, by date, by district/region of the country and by area of interest.

Vis-à-vis the Online SBA Learning center you can find online training classes, videos, engage in chat sessions and have access to a whole host of other tools and resources, all designed especially for the small business owner. Plus, see how your business stacks up against the competition and find out how you can obtain the counseling, mentoring and training services you need most, all at little to no cost and in your area.

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation — Various Cities Nation/Worldwide — Year-Round

A society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities. The mission of the Kauffman Foundation is to help individuals attain economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success. Given its primary focus is on fostering this kind of activity, the Foundation hosts, sponsors, speaks and exhibits at events locally, nationally and internationally in order to share resources with entrepreneurs and educators throughout the world. In pursuit of this mission, we will abide by key principles espoused by our founder:

  • Identify opportunities where application of the Foundation’s people, ideas, and capital can benefit society in significant and measurable ways.
  • Develop innovative, research-based programs leading to practical, sustainable solutions that are widely accepted and implemented.
  • Treat the Kansas City region as a program incubator where feasible, in which new approaches can be tried and tested before being disseminated nationally.
  • Partner with others to leverage our resources and capabilities while avoiding the creation of dependency.

National Minority Supplier Development Council State and Regional Events ― Check Year-Round Calendar of Events

National Minority Supplier is the global leader in advancing business opportunities for certified Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business enterprises. We connect these businesses to our corporate members in an effort to increase procurement and enhance supplier diversity. Hosted by the National Minority Supplier Development Council, one of the country’s leading business membership organizations with regional councils that certify and match more than 16,000 minority-owned businesses (Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American) with member corporations that want to purchase goods and services. For a list of events go here.

National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) State-by-State Events ― Check Calendar of Events

The National Federation of Independent Business is the leading small business association representing small and independent businesses. Its mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. NFIB also gives its members strength in the marketplace by pooling their purchasing power and giving them access to many business products and services at discounted costs. It also provides timely information designed to help small businesses succeed. For a list of 2015 events go here.

SCORE’s Free Local and State Business Workshops ― Year Round

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years. SCORE’s valuable network of 13,000+ volunteers offers small business entrepreneurs confidential business counseling services at little to no charge, and it also hosts numerous nationwide workshops all year long, both online and off.

Tory Johnson’s Spark and Hustle 2015 National Tour — Various Cities, Check For Updated Information

Twenty participants per event. One day. One table. One objective…customized ideas and activities to grow your business. Designed for the most seriously committed entrepreneur in search of an intimate, intensely focused day-long program that delivers results! Build your influence. Secure media coverage that will drive sales. Build strategic growth partnerships, and learn more about content creation, why it matters and how to tackle it with ease.

Retailer One-on-One Deal-Making Event and Franchise Show ― Various Cities, Next Show April 23, 2015 – Check Out their Site for Additional Future Events.

Founded in 1999, Retailer One On One is a laidback, casual-attire, networking and deal-making event, comprised of retailers, restaurant owners, shopping center owners, investors, brokers, attorneys, architects, engineers and others associated with the commercial real estate industry. Retailer One-on-One delivers more active retail and restaurant concepts than any other event and has generated thousands of deals since its inception.

Make sure to check back for updates for nationwide Business Opportunity, Franchise, Distributorships, Dealership and Licensee Opportunity, events, conferences and activities

SOURCES: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, NMSDC, Troyy Johnson, SCORE, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education, Retailer One On One