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Top Small Business Conferences for the US for 2015

Small businesses in the United States employ a large majority of American workers, which is just one of the reasons small business conferences in the United States are becoming more and more popular. Below you will find some of the top business conferences for SME’s for the coming year.


Location: Tampa, FL
Dates: January 22 through 25, 2015

The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship holds its annual conference in Tampa, FL in 2015 and the organization looks to expand on the agenda from 2014. The group focuses on bringing together business innovators and small business owners who are looking to expand. This is also one of the more popular conferences for family-owned businesses as well.

Keynote Speakers for 2015 Include:

  • Mary Jo Jackson
  • David Rahn
  • Jim Hart


Small Business Institute 2015 Conference
Location: St. Pete Beach, FL
Dates: February 12 through 14, 2015

This will be the 39th annual gathering of the members of the Small Business Institute and the goal this year will be to get more resources into the hands of small business owners. Some of the topics being covered are marketing, global entrepreneurship and accounting.

Past Keynote Speakers Include:

  • William McDowell – East Carolina University
  • Ron Cook – Rider University
  • Nic Steele – Obsidian USA, LLC


America’s Small Business Summit 2015
Location: Washington, D.C.
Dates: June 8 through 10, 2015

The United States Chamber of Commerce puts on this annual event that brings together small business owners and some of the lawmakers who affect commerce. There are also speakers from the technology world, human resources and an array of speakers who can offer small business owners practical advice to grow their businesses.

Keynote Speakers in 2015 Include:

  • Thomas Donohue – U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Colin Powell – U.S. Military
  • Bob Woodward – Journalist

Growth Conference 2015

Location: Miami Beach, FL
Date: February 4, 2015

This is the seventh year that Entrepreneur Magazine will feature the Growth Conference aimed at getting small businesses the advice and resources they need to grow. There are several speakers who will offer insight for small business owners, but the break-out sessions will offer one-on-one time for entrepreneurs and experts with solutions to common business problems.

Keynote Speakers in 2015 Include:

  • Barbara Corcoran – Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Amy Cosper – Entrepreneur Magazine
  • John Jantsch – Duct Tape Marketing


SBDC Conference 2015
Location: San Francisco, CA
Dates: September 8 through 11, 2015

America’s Small Business Development Centers is an organization that has been bringing entrepreneurs and problem solvers together for years. This annual conference is set up as an educational experience for entrepreneurs to learn about new developments in marketing, accounting and management.

Past Keynote Speakers have Included:

  • Julius Wang – Cinova LLC
  • Judith Johnson – SBDCNet
  • Andy Fried – Kennesaw State University


NBIA 2015 Summit
Location: Fort Myers, FL
Dates: January 25 through 27, 2015

The National Business Incubation Association holds its ninth annual conference designed to help entrepreneurs create strong foundations on which to build their businesses. The concept of incubation is a very specific process used to help technology businesses, and related companies, grow. This is a summit that brings the incubation experts together with the entrepreneurs who have the business ideas.

No Keynote speakers have been announced for this event.


Master The Skills of Influence
Location: New York City, NY
Dates: February 24 through 25, 2015

Inc. Magazine hosts this annual conference that discusses ways to influence shareholders, investors and even institutional lenders to help a small business grow. This is the conference that shows entrepreneurs how to turn their plans into realities.

Keynote Speakers in 2015 Include:

  • Sam Bacharach – Bacharach Leadership Group
  • Yael Bacharach – Bacharach Leadership Group


GrowCo Conference 2015
Location: Nashville, TN
Dates: April 7 through 9, 2015

Inc. Magazine has created and hosted this unique conference for several years now and its popularity continues to grow. The GrowCo Conference is where entrepreneurs come to bounce their ideas off each other and discuss the process of turning their ideas into realities with successful entrepreneurs.

Past Keynote Speakers Have Included:

  • Mark Cuban – Entrepreneur
  • Sir Richard Branson – Virgin Group
  • Bill Clinton – Former President of the United States


Inc. Women’s Summit 2015
Location: New York City, NY
Date: September 17, 2015

Inc. Magazine brings together the most successful male and female entrepreneurs in the world for the purpose of helping to get female entrepreneurs the resources they need to be successful. This is an event intended to empower and encourage women to throw their hats into the business ring.

Past Keynote Speakers Have Included:

  • Julia Hartz – EventBrite
  • Leila Janah – Sama Group
  • Angela Benton – NewME


Small Business Expo 2015
Location: Miami, FL
Date: January 15, 2015

This is a conference set up to allow small business owners from all over the country to share ideas and help each other to grow. There are very few speakers for this event, but there are many valuable workshops and breakout sessions available.

Keynote Speakers in 2015 Include:

  • Brian Smith – UGG
  • A film presentation featuring NFL legend Bill Walsh




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