Editor's note: This blog was originally published in September 2016 and has been completely updated in January 2019 to reflect the best small business conferences in 2019.
Why You Should Attend Small Business Conferences
Constant growth is essential in running a small business today. With technology getting faster and more advanced every minute it can sometimes be tough to keep up on the latest trends in technology, marketing, and accounting. Conferences geared towards small business owners are a fantastic way not only to educate yourself and your company on the newest innovations in business, but also mingle with other leaders in your industry and make lasting and meaningful connections.
Check out this list of the 10 best small business conferences for owners and their teams to attend during 2019. Whether you’re interested in learning more about social media, marketing, tech, or growing your business, there’s a conference here for you.
Small Business Conferences in 2019
San Jose, CA
January 30-31, 2019
Ideal for businesses who already have spent time on SEO and SEM, SMX West has helped search marketers from all over the world increase their sales, boost awareness, and achieve their SEO goals for over ten years.
17 cities across the US
February 2019 - November 2019
This free multi-city event is billed as the biggest B2B trade show, conference & networking event for small business owners. With shows in 17 cities across the US, chances are there is one happening near you this year. If the seminars and workshops aren’t right for you or your business don’t worry, there’s also an exhibitor hall. This provides a great opportunity to exhibit your business and its services or stroll around and collect information on some of the best B2B services out there today.
February 11 - 13, 2019
The National 8(a) Small Business Conference is a supplier diversity networking event for small businesses. The conference offers educational sessions for minority businesses, 8(a) companies, and matchmaking with business primes and commercial companies. This year’s event takes place in Nashville, TN in February.
Silicon Valley, CA
February 12-13, 2019
This is a great conference for entrepreneurs searching for a co-owner or investor but is also great for newer companies. You’ll be able to connect and learn with other like minded startups, partners, investors and thought leaders for 2 days in the heart of Silicon Valley. Speakers range from the founder of ClassPass to the CPO of Airbnb and even the President of Stripe.
San Diego, CA
March 20-22, 2019
Just about every business could benefit from using social media. At Social Media World, you’ll learn the latest tactics from the best social marketers today. Speakers include leading Facebook expert Mari Smith, MarketingProf’s Chief Content Officer Ann Handley, and friend of Sky Bridge Madalyn Sklar – leading Twitter pro.
San Jose, CA
June 10-13, 2019
This is the small business conference for any technology lovers. You’ll learn how to stay on top of tech trends and stay ahead of what’s coming next. This year’s program includes speakers on topics like cloud, machine learning, AI, Blockchain, and more.
July 7-14, 2019
Onboard the Royal Carribean ‘Harmony of the Seas’ departing from Orlando, this digital marketing event is pretty hard to say no to. If your small business goals for 2019 include anything like improving lead generation, increasing sales, or drive customer engagement, this may be the conference for you.
Las Vegas, NV
March 4-6, 2019
LeadsCon is a great way for any B2B business to make 2019 a great year. Program topics include email marketing and behavioral science, the future of mobile marketing, video creation, and more. The networking alone makes this conference worth it, with over 2,700 other attendees and speakers expected to be there.
New York, NY
March 13-14, 2019
Are you a citizen-centric organization? If you don’t know what that means, you’ll find out in this year’s Business Agility Conference in New York. This year’s programs touch on topics including hiring a CEO and how to reprogram your team leadership.
April 26-27, 2019
YEC2019 is the place to go if you’re a young leader looking to hear from successful founders who have “been there done that” in building their businesses from the ground up. What better way to learn how to build your company than from others who have already done it whilst surrounded by others in the same position as you?
Editor's note: This blog was originally published in September 2016 and has been completely updated in January 2019 to reflect the new year's best small business conferences.