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Business Expos and Conferences to Attend in 2014

Whatever your business goals are for 2014 (i.e., expanding your knowledge, accelerating growth, adding new business partners, ramping up advertising, etc) you can gain some valuable insight from your peers and industry leaders at these tradeshows and expos for small businesses. I’ve compiled a list of seven events going on this year. Take a look and see which conferences might help your business learn better, smarter, and faster ways to achieve its goals this year.

Best Business Expos and Conferences for Small Businesses

The Small Business Expo

Join thousands of business owners at the nation’s largest business to business trade show, conference and networking event. The Small Business Expo is held in seven cities, and the first one in 2014 will be in Miami, FL on the 16th of January. The show offers more than 150 exhibitors with innovative products and services such as cloud phone systems, web hosting, search engine optimization, and much more. It also offers 25 workshops so you can learn new skills and techniques.

The New York Business Expo

If you’re looking for ways to expand your knowledge and accelerate your corporate growth, then hop on a flight to the big apple. This is the Northeast’s largest business to business trade show, conference and networking event. Business owners and C-level executives from small to mid-sized businesses gather from across the company for networking and educational events. Get lots of sleep before and after because this one-day event is jam-packed!

America’s Small Business Summit

Make a big impacting by uniting forces with other small business owners, managers, and entrepreneurs from all across the nation. This is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s annual event and promises the opportunity to learn, network, and discuss common legislative and management concerns.

Startup Weekend

Google for Entrepreneurs sponsors events that last 54 hours where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts gather to collaborate on creating new startup businesses. To date, they’ve held over 1,000 events in nearly 500 cities around the world! During these events, they’ve created over 8,000 startups, so if you have a great idea but are not sure where to start, start here! visit the link and click on the map to see where the next events are near you.

Growth Conference 2014

This free event is another one geared specifically to entrepreneurs. It is sponsored by Entrepreneur Magazine and features keynote speakers and breakout sessions in a one-day event. Come down to New Orleans on January 22nd and get ready to be inspired. In addition to gaining insight from authors and experts and networking, you get a chance to pitch your business to be featured in the magazine!

San Francisco Small Business week

Looking for a tradeshow for small businesses on the West Coast? In May San Francisco will be the host city for the San Francisco Small Business week. This is a free, week-long event that offers the opportunity to network with more than 4,000 entrepreneurs and other members of the small business community. The event features speakers and countless workshops and seminars.

National Veterans Conference

Calling all veterans – this event is for you! The National Veterans Small Business Collaboration team is in the process of developing the theme and content for this year’s event which is designed to help Veteran-Owned Small Businesses connect with government decision makers and other business partners.

Did we miss a tradeshow or conference you’ve attended before or will be attending this year? Leave a comment and let me know.

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Russ Fordyce

About Russ Fordyce

Russ is the Managing Director of Marketing at Broadview Networks where he works to help consultants and business owners better understand and put technology to use so they can transform how their employees get work done and improve results.

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