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A Year of Entrepreneurship 2016: Calendar of Events to Celebrate Entrepreneurs and Economic Development

Published Jan 06, 2016

For the most recent awesome calendar of economic development and entrepreneurial events go to our latest edition of A Year of Entrepreneurship: Calendar of Events to Celebrate Entrepreneurs and Economic Development 2017.

List of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Conferences
At the end of every year (and again at the end of each quarter), we here at SourceLink sit down and map out our calendars. What conferences should we attend? What conversations should we follow? And how can we best and better raise the visibility for our affiliates, entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship?

Here’s the short list we came up with for 2016. Below, you’ll see just a few of the business- and entrepreneurial-related events we celebrate (or create) throughout the year. These events help us shine the national spotlight on local entrepreneurs and on those on-the-ground resources that make local economies and their entrepreneurial ecosystems vibrant and vital.

By no means do we create a full-blown campaign out of everything on this list, but we do use it as a foundation (a post, a tweet) to help our communities and entrepreneurs stay abreast of the national conversations happening around entrepreneurship. (This list does not serve as an endorsement for non-SourceLink events.)

What events, conferences and conversations do you follow?



All month

National Mentoring Month

Financial Wellness Month

1st week

National Thank Your Customers Week

Women’s Self-Empowerment Week

Jan. 8-Jan. 12

U.S. Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference @USASBE #USASBE

Jan. 13

Make Your Dream Come True Day

Jan. 18


Jan. 20-22

U.S. Conference of Mayors

Jan. 21

Get to Know Your Customer Day

Jan. 21

Thank Your Mentor Day

Jan. 28

Fun at Work Day

Jan. TBD

Battle of the Brands Webinar for Affiliates



All month

Black History Month

Time Management Month

Youth Leadership Month

Feb. 1–Feb. 20

Battle of the Brands Nominations

Feb. 2

Groundhog Day


Feb. 7-9

National Association of Regional Councils Annual Conference


Feb. 9

Mardi Gras Carnival


Feb. 14

Valentine’s Day


Feb. 15

Presidents Day

Feb. 20-27

National Entrepreneurship Week
(Consortium for Entrepreneurial Education)


Feb. 23-24

Startup Grind Global Conference




All month

National Women’s History Month

Battle of the Brands, powered by SourceLink

March 8

International Women’s Day

March 11–15

SXSW Interactive #SXSW

March 13

Daylight Saving 2016

March 14–17

Global Entrepreneurship Congress @GECGlobal #GECMedellin

March 17

St. Patrick’s Day


March 25

Good Friday


March 27



March 29

National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day



Shop Local Webinar for Affiliates

Apr. 1

April Fool’s Day

Apr. 16-20

International Conference on Business Incubation

Apr. 22

Earth Day

Apr. 23-29


Apr. 26-28

California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) Conference


All month

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Jewish American Heritage Month

Shop Local, powered by U.S.SourceLink

May 1-7

National Small Business Week

@SBAGov #DreamSmallBiz

(U.S. Small Business Administration)

May 4-5

Growing Entrepreneurial Communities Summit

#GrowEship @KansasCityFed @e2RuralCenter @KauffmanFDN @LoweFoundation @NetworkKansas @USSourceLink

May 5

Cinco de Mayo

May 8

Mother’s Day

May 18-20

Mid-America Economic Development Council Conference

May 19

The Startup Conference

May 21

Armed Forces Day


May 30

Memorial Day



All month

Gay and Lesbian Pride Month

1st Week

National Business Etiquette Week


Families in Business Week

June 6-July 7


June 14

Flag Day


June 19

Father’s Day



All month

National Recreation and Parks Month

National Culinary Arts Month

July 4

Independence Day

July 24

Parents’ Day

July 31-Aug. 2

Southern Economic Development Council Conference


All month

National Inventors Month

Diversity Awareness Month

Aug. 5-Aug. 21

Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro

Aug. 21

World Entrepreneurs’ Day #TwentyFirstAugust
(Alliance of International Business Associations)


Global Entrepreneurship Week Webinar for Affiliates


All month

Hispanic Heritage Month

Sept. 5

Labor Day

Sept. 11

Grandparents’ Day, Patriot Day

Sept. 23

Native American Day

Sept. 25-28

International Economic Development Council Annual Conference

Sept. 29-Oct. 1

Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers Conference


All Month

Women’s Small Business Month

National Home-based Business Week

1st week

Customer Service Week

Oct. 3-4

Rosh Hashanah

Oct. 10

Columbus Day

Oct. 8–12

National Association of Community College Entrepreneurs Conference


Oct. 12

Yom Kippur

Oct. 16-19

University Economic Development Association Annual Conference


Oct. 17

Boss’s Day

Oct. 19-21

Texas Economic Development Council Annual Conference

Oct. 30


Oct. 31




All Month

National Entrepreneurship Month

American Indian Heritage Month


Shop Local Webinar for Affiliates

Nov. TBD

National Veterans Small Business Week #MyVetBiz

Nov. 2-4

National Rural Economic Developers Association Annual Conference

Nov. 6

Daylight Savings

Nov. 11

Veterans’ Day

Nov. 14-20

Global Entrepreneurship Week #GEW

Nov. 16-19

National League of Cities Summit

Nov. 19

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day


Nov. 24

Thanksgiving Day

Nov. 26

Small Business Saturday

Nov. 29

Giving Tuesday



All month

Shop Local, powered by SourceLink

Dec. 1-2

Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship

(Kauffman Foundation)

Dec. 25


Dec. 25-Jan. 1


Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve

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