The Small Business Summit is an annual event in New York for independent entrepreneurs across the nation. It’s a one day only extravaganza scheduled for March 8th that’s filled with tons of exciting opportunities. The day will be jam packed with presentations, tech demonstrations, marketing seminars, and great food. Lots of media representatives will be in attendance and the break sessions provide ample time for serious networking. This year’s growing list of sponsors includes Bing, Epson, Intuit, Deluxe for Business, and Marchex. The day’s agenda features plenty of knowledgeable speakers that represent big name companies, such as Christopher McCann of 1-800-Flowers.com, Jigsaw CEO Jim Fowler, and Smallbiztechnology.com editor Ramon Ray.
Best of all, there will be several awards for standout companies from a wide variety of industries. The summit is still accepting nominations for both categories. Arguably the most prestigious of the two, the Small Business Strategy Award honors a single trail blazer for succeeding in spite of difficult obstacles. In this economy, almost everyone is struggling to stay afloat; the award is reserved for someone that used their wits to develop and implement a plan that paid off in the end. The winner can come from any field, but he or she must be able to produce precise data to demonstrate a significant increase in profits and/or market share. The only other stipulation is that the winning entity’s revenues must not exceed $10 million per year. Individuals are free to nominate themselves or someone else. The deadline for submitting applications is February 1st, so get cracking!
Then there’s the Hot Technology award, which focuses on 10 companies that are offering game changing products. Winners will take part in an exclusive demonstration expedition in front of an audience of roughly 500 fellow entrepreneurs as well as journalists. Entrants are asked to do a bit of self-examination prior to completing the application process, though. Ask yourself how innovative your idea, product, or service truly is because the summit is not interested in run of the mill stuff. Take a look at last year’s winners list to determine whether or not you measure up to this elite group. The deadline for high tech all-star submissions is February 8th.
There’s plenty of time left to register for the general festivities. Super early bird entrance rates are no longer available, but pre-registering is still recommended to ensure entrance and reduced admission fees. The early bird price of $149 will be available until February 16th. Otherwise, regular admission tickets cost $199. Those unable to make a physical appearance are welcome to watch live streaming video for only $29. For additional information or registration, please visit the small business summit website here.
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