Top 5 Conferences for Small-Business Owners This Fall
Attending conference events can be an effective way to not only network with other business owners and potential clients, but also to learn new skills from some of the top professionals in several industries. So, which conferences are best for small businesses? What options exist for those who are on a budget?
See our list of the top fall events for those serious about growing their businesses.
1. Small Business Expo
While the Small Business Expo group holds events several times throughout the year, their fall event dates look to be some of the most promising. In addition to the workshops and seminars on topics such as cybersecurity, accounting and search marketing, the opportunities to speak directly with vendors are second to none. There will be shows in Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix from September through November. Each event has a unique line-up of speakers, so expect to see region-specific learning opportunities for each location.
Cost to attend: Free for businesses
2. Content Marketing World
Anyone interested in maximizing their marketing budgets to include more robust and engaging online content should check out Content Marketing World, which will be held September 3–6, 2019, by the Content Marketing Institute. Aimed at those specifically involved in developing content, the 120+ workshops and learning events are taught by some of the top global influencers and marketers in their respective industries. If you’re ready to bring new life to your marketing plan, join the 4,000-plus professionals who will be attending this year in Cleveland, Ohio.
Cost to attend: $649–$2,199
3. The Strategic Growth Forum® US
This invite-only conference brings the best and most promising business leaders together in Palm Springs, Calif., for one epic event. CEOs who are interested can apply to attend; those who are accepted can look forward to keynotes and presentations from some of the top business leaders in the world. The Strategic Growth Forum will be held November 13–17, 2019, and will conclude with the prestigious Entrepreneur Of The Year® US National Awards gala hosted by Seth Meyers.
Cost to attend: Inquire for details.
4. America’s SBDC Conference
This famous Long Beach, Calif., event, now marking its 39th year, is scheduled for September 3–6, 2019. With more than 1,000 Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) pros in attendance, this conference offers a great number of workshops and networking possibilities. This year’s speakers include Jules Pieri, co-founder and CEO of The Grommet, as well as Mark Schaefer, author of “The Most Human Company Wins.” America’s SBDC Conference encourages attendees to embrace the theme of this year’s event: “Exchange & Experience.”
Cost to attend: $895
5. World Business Forum
This New York event takes place from November 20–21 this year, promoting top leadership ideas while giving business owners new avenues to grow their business exponentially. The networking environment is a top draw, as well as the keynote personalities: Janet Yellen, Simon Sinek and Kory Kogon, among others. The World Business Forum is one of the most anticipated professional events of the year and focuses on everything from people to economy to design.
Cost to attend: $750–$2,499
Learning on a Budget
Not able to get a flight to one of these in-person events? Some have traditionally given those who can’t attend the chance to buy recordings of their top sessions for a fee much lower than the ticket price. While you won’t get the opportunity to mingle with other business pros, the savings on flights, lodging and meals is significant. Startups, in particular, might find this the best way to learn with a limited budget.