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10 Conferences Small Business Owners Should Attend in 2017

June 19, 2017

Oftentimes small business owners may think that they are alone on their journey of business discovery and success. But in fact, many others have had very similar experiences. Conferences, seminars, and workshops are designed for business professionals – beginner to expert – to share their past and present experiences and knowledge with one another. Check out some of the conferences scheduled for 2017 by location:



    • Small Business Expo

Held in 18 different cities (Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, and Washington D.C.), the Small Business Expo is the nation’s largest business-to-business trade show, networking event and conference for business owners and professionals, which is likely why INTUIT ranked it #1 in small business conferences. Thousands of decision-makers and business owners come together to network, build professional relationships, acquire new skills from various workshops, and shop from vendors that offer unique products and services that can help business growth. The best part? This small business conference is FREE!

West Coast

    • Pubcon

Forbes has dubbed this conference as a “must-attend” and Inc. has called it a “top conference for growing your business,” and rightfully so. Pubcon is one of the biggest international assemblies, bringing together some of the world’s most knowledgeable SEO, social media and content creation experts. The future of technology is the main point of discussion at this year’s Pubcon which is scheduled for November 6 through the 9 in Las Vegas, NV.

    • Dreamforce

Hosted by well-known cloud software solutions company, Salesforce, this “half rock concert and half industry show” will attract big-name leaders in politics, business, and entertainment. In fact, past presenters have included Hillary Clinton, Tony Robbins and Bruno Mars, making this small business conference one with extremely big names. Dreamforce offers information and content specific to every business size and need. Whether your business has five employees or 5,000 employees, there are sessions designed for you. Dreamforce 2017 is currently scheduled for November 6 through the 9 (the same dates as Pubcon, unfortunately) and is being held in San Francisco, CA.


    • The World Domination Summit

This may not be your average conference or summit. There are a few non-traditional activities held in Portland, Oregon during the summer months, and that includes the World Domination Summit (WDS) from of July 11 to 17. Its sessions and workshops are designed to help ignite inspiration among business owners, providing tips on things like goal setting and positive thinking. You also get access to more than 150 local meetups should you choose to attend.

East Coast

    • America’s Small Business Summit

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosts this summit in Washington, D.C. from Sunday, September 10 to Wednesday, September 13, bringing together over 900 business owners and chamber executives from across the nation. In addition to breakout sessions, receptions, and Blue Ribbon Awards, participants will hear from business and policy experts to “gain practical skills, learn the latest tactics and strategies, and make invaluable connections to help support the growth and success of small business.”


    • New York Business Expo and Conference

Ideal for small business owners who are looking to network with other executives in the region, the New York Business Expo & Conference is a one day event jam packed with over 40 free seminars aimed at small business growth and management. C-level executives, senior decision makers, small business owners and entrepreneurs from all over the region attend this conference and B2B trade show to increase their knowledge and accelerate their business growth. This year’s keynote speaker? David Meltzer, CEO of Sports 1 Marketing and Forbes “Top 10 Keynote Speaker.” When it comes to small business conferences, you don’t want to miss this one.

    • Business Innovation Factory Summit

On September 13 and 14 2017, Rhode Island will see a flood of small business owners (500 or so) intent on learning and networking at the Business Innovation Factory Summit. Dozens of guest speakers (or “storytellers,” as they call them) will be on hand during the two-day event to each give a 15-minute talk. They’ll discuss how they’ve transformed their lives while sharing “their creative processes, their struggles, and where they’re going in the future.” This small business conference is perfect for the entrepreneur who needs a little motivation and often finds it in hearing from others who’ve faced and overcome similar battles.


    • WBENC National Conference and Business Fair

The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council conference is scheduled for June 20 through 22, 2017 and it brings female entrepreneurs and small business owners together to network, learn and share inspiration amongst one another. Some of the workshop topics at this year’s conference include: Powerful Pitches and Presentations, Top Trends in Information Technology, Payment Solutions for Small Business, and Addressing Digital Connect (Social Media), amongst several others.


    • Sales World 2017

You don’t even have to leave your area to attend this small business conference on November 8 and 9, 2017. Designed to help you bolster your sales department through “emerging strategies, the latest innovative technologies, and best practices” in regard to sales processes and growth, this online, live, and on demand, conference plans to have more than 10,000 attendees.

    • Digimarcon World 2017

If your goal is to increase your digital marketing success, this online small business conference can help you do just that. Held online November 14, 15, and 16, 2017, Digimarcon (which stands for Digital Marketing Conference) will cover topics such as search engine optimization, web management, user acquisition, growth hacking, and much, much more.

Why Spend the Money and Time on Small Business Conferences?

Attending small business conferences and programs are investments to the future of your company. And like any investment, the more you put into it, the more you can gain.

It’s essential to stay connected. Networking can be one of the most important things you can do to help your business grow. Making connections with other business owners can lead to an exchange of information and ideas – things that you may never have known or thought of on your own.

At a minimum, you’re at least bound to learn something new from one of the speakers or pick up something you didn’t previously know during the workshops. And it may be that something that takes your small business from surviving to thriving. That alone makes small business workshops like these more than worth attending.