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The 50 (plus) Best 2017 -2018 Small Business, Tech, Marketing Conferences: Attend and Grab Your Competitive Edge!


Regular followers of this space know that I’m firmly committed to the proposition that as a small business owner you need to grow if you are serious about growing your small business. That’s why I recommended attending at least one of the best small business conferences each year.

To make this a little easier for you, I’ve compiled a list of the 50 best tech, startup and small business conferences 2017 – 2018 has to offer. Do a little exploring (I’ve provided the links) and you’ll find:

  • Great marketing conferences,
  • Top tech topics,
  • Business networking opportunities,
  • Cutting edge online strategies,
  • Social media marketing conferences,
  • And much more.

Further, it’s likely you can find a small business conference that’s not too far away from your home turf and at a time that’s convenient for you to attend. And don’t forget about your team. Sending your employees to one of the best 2017-2018 small business conferences not only brings new skills and knowledge into your business, it’s a tangible way to demonstrate your support and one of the best ways to build loyalty.

In some cases, organizers hadn’t yet confirmed the exact dates of their events. Check their websites for more details. Also – with a couple of exceptions – these top 2017-2018 small business conferences are in the United States. There are some fantastic business and tech conferences around the world, and especially in Europe, if foreign travel would work into your plans.

Finally, be sure you and your employees take a strategic approach to your conference attendance so you squeeze out every last drop of good information and make all the connections you need to fuel your future success.

Lean Startup Conference TBA On the road Web info
Gigaom AI Now TBA San Francisco, CA Web info
Small Business Institute February 14 – 17, 2018 Corpus Christi, TX – Omni Hotel Web info
Startup Grind February 12-14, 2018 Silicon Valley Web info
OMMA Boston TBA Boston, MA Web info
Lean Startup Labs: New Orleans TBA New Orleans, LA Web info
C3 2018 February 14-15, 2018 Grapevine, TX Web info
Launch Festival 2018 1-Apr-18 San Francisco, CA Web info
SXSW Interactive (South by Southwest) March 9-18, 2018 Austin, Texas Web info
OMMA @ SXSW March 11, 2018 Austin, Texas Web info
Social Media Marketing World 2018 February 28 – March 2, 2018 San Diego, CA Web info
Next Generation Customer Experience March 27-29, 2018 Phoenix, AZ Web info
Elevate Summit (formerly Userconf) TBA Philadelphia Web info
Empire Startups Fintech conference April 18, 2018 New York City Web info
Young Entrepreneur Convention April 20-21, 2018 Des Moines, IA Web info
Infusionsoft’s ICON March 26-29, 2018 Phoenix, AZ Web info
EDCE March 23-24, 2018 Halifax, Nova Scotia Web info
TechCrunch Disrupt New York TBA New York City Web info
The Startup Conference 2018 TBA Redwood City, CA Web info
Collision April 30 – May 3, 2018 New Orleans, LA Web info
Techweek Detroit 2018 TBA Detroit Web info
12th Annual Customer Experience Conference TBA New York, NY Web info
GrowCo 2018 TBA New Orleans, LA Web info
Sage Summit Tour (formerly Sage Summit) – US TBA Atlanta Web info
Big Omaha TBA Omaha, NE Web info
Incite Summit West TBA San Francisco, CA Web info
2018 Masters of B2B Marketing June 6-8, 2018 Chicago, IL Web info
World Business Forum: Be Beta May 30-31, 2018 Sydney Web info
99U May 9-11, 2018 New York City Web info
Forbes Women’s Summit TBA New York City Web info
Techweek Chicago 2018 TBA Chicago, IL Web info
Empire Startups Fintech conference Jun-18 Toronto, Canada Web info
MozCon 2018 July 9-11, 2018 Seattle, WA Web info
OMMA Los Angeles July 18, 2018 Los Angeles, CA Web info
Velocity Conference TBA San Jose Web info
#BlogHer17 TBA Orlando, FL Web info
Techweek Toronto 2018 TBA Toronto Web info
The Corporate Social Media Summit TBA New York City Web info
TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco September San Francisco, CA Web info
Content Marketing World September 5-8, 2017 Cleveland, OH Web info
Techweek Kansas City 2017 September 11-15, 2017 Kansas City Web info
America’s Small Business Summit 2017 September 11 & 13 Washington, DC Web info
Business Innovation Factory (BIF) Summit September 13-14, 2017 Providence, RI Web info
EDCE September 15-16, 2017 Saskatoon, Canada Web info
Small Business Market Expo 16-Sep-17 Atlanta Web info
Inbound 2017 September 25-28, 2017 Boston, MA Web info
“=LIFT (Social, 2017)” TBA TBA Web info
B2B Marketing Forum October 3-6, 2017 Boston, MA Web info
Techweek New York 2017 October 15-20, 2017 New York Web info
WSJDLive October 16-18, 2017 Laguna Beach Web info
Converted October 17-18, 2017 Minneapolis, MN Web info
Techweek Dallas 2017 October 30-November 3, 2017 Dallas Web info
Global Entrepreneurship Week November 13-19, 2017 Norway Web info
SAME Small Business Conference November 15-17, 2017 Pittsburgh, PA Web info
EDCE November 18-19, 2017 Winnipeg, Canada Web info
Techweek Miami & Havana March 21-23, 2017 Miami and Havana Web info
Techweek Los Angeles 2017 November 13-17, 2017 Los Angeles, CA Web info
Growth Marketing Conference Dec. 7-8, 2017 San Jose, CA Web info

11 Comments (Add Yours)

  1. Hey Susan!

    Thanks for keeping me up to date with awesome business conferences to attend this year! I think ONTRAPORT’s fifth annual ONTRApalooza, a two-day premier business-building and networking conference will be a great addition to the list!

    Held on October 13-14 in Santa Barbara, CA, ONTRApalooza 2016 will offer 16 hands-on business-building workshops for attendees to learn from the sharpest minds in marketing, sales, operations and customer experience and to get the latest scoop on what’s coming next from ONTRAPORT.



  2. If your small business works in the IT, engineering (A/E) Construction or environmental field and has a desire to work with the Department of Defense (DoD), US Public Health Service (e.g. Center for Disease Control), GSA, etc., you might also want to check out the Society of American military Engineers. In particular their National Small Business Conference happening this year in Atlanta, Georgia from November 16-18. There website is
    It is widely attended by DOD and Industry (small and large). Check out their website. They also have multiple events on the regional level that are worth a look.

  3. Great list. Also consider IP EXPO Europe (London) and IP EXPO Nordic (Stockholm) for two Europe-based b2b tech events. Free to attend:

  4. Please email me the most recent business conference. Thank you.

  5. Great list!!

    There is also Converted Conference by Lead pages in October this year in Minneapolis.

  6. Hi Susan,
    Thank you very much for letting us know about the small business conferences and dates. A great job done by you. Thanks….

  7. This is a great list of conferences! I will definitely have to add some of these to my wish list! If you’re interested in expanding your list, C3 is another awesome conference happening March 1-2, 2017, in NYC. C3, by Conductor, brings together hundreds of global marketers from distinguished and emerging brands as they share stories, innovations, and insights around attracting customers and revenue through organic channels.

    C3 even has multiple tracks so that businesses can choose their own experience, and they have an amazing lineup of speakers from LinkedIn, Google, LEGO, and more! It would be a great addition to this list!

    Here’s the event page:

  8. Awesome list!

    There’s also a great list I saw recently of conferences for Sales reps and Marketers. Check it out!

  9. Thank you very much for letting us know about the small business conferences and dates.

  10. Thank you very much for letting us know about the business conferences 2018 and dates.

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