Women-owned businesses generate $1.6 trillion in revenues?
The number of women-owned firms has grown at five times the national average (45 percent versus 9 percent)?
Since 2007, 79 percent of new businesses have been started by women of color?
These findings came from the 2016 State of Women-Owned Business Report from American Express OPEN and show the power and influence that women are having on modern day business. As women, it is vital that we connect with those who are like-minded so that the momentum we have achieved continues to accelerate. One way to stay informed and connected is to attend some of the plethora of conferences around the country. Here are the best that are coming to a city (hopefully) near you.
When: March 7th and 8th, 2017 (Check their website for future dates)
Where: San Francisco, California
Focus: Sales and Marketing
Let's face it: the success of your business is generally measured in dollars so it is crucial to increase revenue and thrive when it comes to marketing strategies. The Revenue Summit focuses on both of these areas. You'll learn how to motivate your reps, grow your sales team, measure their results and learn about the latest trends in technology to help you achieve these goals. (As a side note, almost half of their speakers are women which, unfortunately, is a lot more than many conferences offer.)
When: March 10th to 19th, 2017 (Check their website for future dates)
Where: Austin, Texas
Focus: Technology and Beyond
SXSW has been a groundbreaking, over-the-top, must attend conference for a while. This grand event fuses tech, arts and the humanities while providing stellar workshops, opportunities for networking and social activities that dare you to dream bigger. It can be a bit expensive and overwhelming, so look for another woman who might split the conference pass and accommodations with you.
Traffic & Conversions Summit
When: March 10th to 12th, 2017 (Check their website for future dates)
Where: Live Stream
Focus: Online Marketing
Currently, this event is sold out, but that's okay; they're offering live streaming so you can save money and watch the main and break-out sessions from the comfort of your home or office. If you want to grow your business online, then you can't miss this valuable conference that is geared for you to actively improve your internet marketing.
When: April 25 to 27, 2017 (Check their website for future dates)
Where: Phoenix, Arizona
Focus: Small Business Owners
You know those television shows where self-made, successful business men and women help entrepreneurs just starting out? ICON brings that concept to small business owners in the form of a conference. (In fact, Marcus Lemonis from the TV show The Profit is the keynote speaker.) If you are looking for advice and inspiration for your company, then this is the place for you.
When: May 2nd to 4th, 2017 (Check their website for future dates)
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana
Heralded as "America's fastest growing tech conference," Collision has grown to over 20,000 attendees in just two short years. You'll find some of the most innovative CEOs and founders here and you'll also enjoy mingling with potential co-founders, investors or inspiring mentors.
When: May 8-10, 2017 (Check their website for future dates)
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana
Focus: Small Business Growth & Entrepreneurs
This small business conference is created and curated by Inc. magazine and is a three-day event focused on everything you need to do as an entrepreneur to grow your business. With keynote speakers like Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg (a big mentor for women in business!) and Shark Tank's Kevin O'Leary, this is sure to be a "can't miss" conference this year.
When: May 15th to 18th, 2017 (Check their website for future dates)
Where: New York City, NY
When: September 18th to 20th
Where: San Francisco, California
If you are a SaaS company or live and breathe technology, this is your Nirvana. TechCrunch is the ultimate think tank for the tech industry with sessions on the most important topics facing technology, what's the next hot thing, what startups are on the cusp of making it and a challenging "Hackathon" where development teams create a product in just 24 hours.
When: May 23-25, 2017 (Check their website for future dates)
Where: Orlando, Florida
Focus: Digital Business Development
Much of business is done online and the internet platforms and databases that are used need to be scalable and integrated. Product Spotlights offer an extensive look into the core technologies shaping digital business. Industry-focused "Birds of a Feather" panel discussions are also customized exclusively for those in healthcare, education, financial services and government.
If you are looking for a women in business conference designed specifically for women by women, this one is a no-brainer to attend. 2016's speaker list included Barbara Corcoran and Venus Williams who certainly personify the three goals of this event: to inspire, to empower and to equip.
Okay, so the details for this conference aren't even out yet but I just know it's going to be good (kind of like whenever Star Wars puts out a sequel, you know there's going to be something amazing to see). As the largest professional social media platform, their focus is connecting like-minded professionals and mentoring those who are just starting out. I can't imagine that their event would offer anything less.
When: March 13 – 17, May 23 – 27, Aug 1 – 5 *, Oct 3 – 7, Dec 19 – 23, 2017 (Check their website for future dates)
Where: Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Forbes calls this conference one that can't be missed in 2017 and for good reason; the topics range from how to get funding to leadership building to contract and IP law. This has everything a startup business needs to know to get their company off the ground.
When: August 3-5, 2017 (Check their website for future dates)
Where: Dallas, Texas
Focus: Women Entrepreneurs
Do you know how to run a traditional business but need help learning about social media marketing, branding, business engagement or how to use technology to connect to potential customers? If so, this conference is for you. For both the savvy business woman and the one just starting out, this will provide helpful insights, support and comradery for those who want to excel.
When: October 15-17, 2017 (Check their website for future dates)
Where: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Focus: Women Business Owners
With keynote speaker author Elizabeth Gilbert of the runaway bestseller Eat Pray Love, this is sure to be a time filled with inspiration, empowerment and learning from other women who have chosen to lead the way.
Are there any must-attend conferences for women in business that we missed? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @incfile.