If you are missing social interactions, we don’t blame you. Having to alter your life to get used to a new normal where seeing people in-person can’t happen is challenging. Those five o’clock happy hours and networking opportunities may seem like a thing of the past because of COVID-19. Fortunately, our current state of technology has made it possible to engage with other business professionals and attend educational events. Again, while meeting in-person is preferred, learning a new skill online or meeting others can still be beneficial.
So, what options do you have for August and September? Take a look at the list of events below.
August 6, 2020
9:00 AM EST
The impacts of COVID-19 have strained the resources of many small business owners. Many people are finding themselves short on cash flow. Additionally, sales numbers will likely be down in most industries for the year. With many government-backed small business relief programs in flux, business owners have to carve out their own methods for finding funds. This session will guide attendees on how they can find money to keep their companies afloat. The webinar will include insights from financial institutions, lenders, and resource partners about the financing resources available for small business owners.
August 13, 2020
5:30 to 7:00 PM EST
Securing business funding has never been easy, but the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak has made it even more of a challenge. Omar Mencin, director of investments at Ben Franklin Technology Partners, helps to breakdown the current state of venture capital funding for business owners and startup founders. The event will feature venture capitalists across the country as they discuss what they will be investing in during this time. The event will also cover investment trends, the industries that investors are avoiding, and what the future of investing could look like post-COVID-19. If you are putting together your VC pitch or a funding plan, this free session should be on your calendar.
August 14, 2020
9:30 AM EST
According to SCORE, approximately two-thirds of the world’s purchasing power is located in different countries. Commerce has gone global, and for companies who want to stay competitive, it makes sense to start exploring customer bases outside of the U.S. This event will walk business owners through the steps of setting up their business to increase sales and profits through importing and exporting. All countries experience seasonal fluctuations or events that can diminish money-making opportunities; savvy entrepreneurs can use the tips from this session to create sales opportunities abroad to avoid these times.
August 20, 2020
6:00 to 8:00 PM EST
Network After Work
Thanks to high-speed internet and exceptional video conferencing software, networking is still possible online. The goal of this event is to bring together business owners, entrepreneurs, executives, and career-minded professionals who value making connections. Attendees can connect with like-minded peers, bounce ideas off of professionals, and enjoy the opportunity to discuss current business trends with others.
September 2, 2020
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EST
Digital marketing is a term that has been mentioned many times over the last decade. With the rise of social media and concepts like video marketing, the focus has shifted from traditional marketing methods to digital strategies. However, this marketing concept is continually evolving. Kristy LaPlante, founder and consultant at Insight DCS, will take attendees through today’s digital marketing trends. She will break down the steps of building a digital marketing campaign, and help professionals develop objectives and identify key performance indicators (KPIs).
September 29, 2020
10:00 AM to 7:30 PM
The Show Producers
The Small Business Expo is a national conference for small business owners to network with other business-to-business entrepreneurs and small business owners. Attendees can sit in on business-growth webinars, network, and shop from vendors. This year, all components of the event will be virtual. For those looking to create excellent connections with other companies servicing businesses, this free event is definitely one you want to check into.
You Can Still Reach Your Learning and Networking Goals Amid COVID-19
Even though you may not be able to sit in a physical classroom or meet professionals at a local hotspot, you can still make connections and learn valuable information. The sessions above and many others can enable you to get the education you need while also meeting other like-minded professionals. These are uncertain times, but you can still have a sense of normalcy by attending workshops and networking events online. You never know what connections or knowledge you will gain that can help you grow your business.
NOTE: We always seek to list events that are relevant to our readers. However, be sure to visit each event’s website to confirm event information and ensure that it is a fit for your learning and development needs.
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