Every year is filled with enticing entrepreneur conferences, and trade shows that promise to help small business owners like yourself grow and boost your network while working on your personal development and growth. But researching them is time consuming, so we’ve put together a list of the top conferences for entrepreneurs in 2018.
Vancouver, Canada, April 10–14
Getting inspired is a great way to start off the new year, and what better place than Ted? It’s all about the age of amazement. In addition to Ted’s famous talks, there will be music, comedy, and tech demos.
Redwood City, California, February 12–14
This conference is for the global startup community and seeks to “educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs.” This year’s confirmed speakers are from companies including Slack, Tesla, Zapier, Reddit, Houzz, and more.
San Diego, California, February 28–March 2
If you’re looking to ramp up your social efforts, Social Media Marketing World is one of the top marketing conferences where you will discover new social tactics and attend some great workshops. There are plenty of high-profile brands there for extensive networking, and the conference is definitely geared toward marketing, so it’s ideal for socially inclined entrepreneurs or the digital marketing member of your team.
New Orleans, Louisiana, April 30–May 3
This fast-growing international tech conference has quickly attracted more than 25,000 attendees from 119 countries in just four years. Who’s in attendance? CEOs of both startups and huge companies, investors, and of course, the media. With tracks in coding, content, finance, marketing, design, security, and more, Collision is a hotbed of tech.
New York, New York, May 9–11
The 99U conference is all about creativity and ideas, from conception to execution. Master classes with creative experts drill down into idea execution on branding and being a creative. If you’ve got a branding expert or enthusiast on staff, strongly consider this action-oriented conference. Past speakers include experts from Slack, MoMA, Basecamp, Airbrb, and Radiolab.
San Diego, California, May 15–17
This conference is designed for the person in your business’s CMO role to learn the skills to fuel growth, lead confidently, boost returns on marketing, and cultivate brand advocates, among many other concrete skills.
New Orleans, Louisiana, May 30–June 1
Inc.’s conference focuses on helping companies achieve sizable growth. The conference provides resources and insights to boost growth, as well as all the networking opportunities with other entrepreneurs and Inc. experts an entrepreneur could want.
Washington, D.C., October 2–3
Gather to rub shoulders with more than 800 business owners and Chamber of Commerce executives to network like crazy, hear from business and policy experts, and have Congress hear from you about what small business needs. 2018 marks the second Summit happening as part of our nationwide small business tour - from Dallas to Atlanta, the Twin Cities to Phoenix - to connect with business owners and entrepreneurs in their neighborhoods.
San Antonio, Texas, October 17–19
This conference is pretty fancy—it even ends with a black-tie gala and has an annual golf tournament. It’s also three days of learning and networking.
Las Vegas, Nevada, October 21–24
Money 20/20 bills itself as the largest and most engaging global trade show and conference geared toward payments and financial services for mobile, retail marketing services, data, and technology. When they say large, they mean large: there are more than 11,500 attendees from 3,500 companies and 100 countries.
There’s also Money 20/20 Europe in Amsterdam, Netherlands June 4–6.
Lisbon, Portugal, November 5–8
The Web Summit has 23 stand-alone conferences within the greater web summit all-in-one that cover topics from coding to robotics. The conference marries love of tech with other niches and passions. With more than 1,200 speakers and 70,000 attendees, they aren’t fooling around. Web Summit is an excellent opportunity for networking, learning, and deep-diving into specific interest areas.
Boston, Massachusetts, September 4–7
INBOUND is known for high-profile speakers—in 2017, their speakers included Andy Cohen, Michelle Obama, and Bozoma Saint John. With hundreds of educational sessions that focus on inbound marketing and sales, this is one of the year’s more dazzling conferences.