Calendar of Events to Celebrate Entrepreneurs and Economic Development

Calendar of Events to Celebrate Entrepreneurs and Economic Development

Attending conferences and celebrating entrepreneur-focused events are some of the best ways to stay up to date with entrepreneurship-led economic development. And certainly, these opportunities let you learn how other communities “do entrepreneurship,” but they also allow you to network with the practitioners and thought leaders who are helping empower entrepreneurs and shape entrepreneurial ecosystems.

But we know it’s hard to keep track of all of the conferences and business-specific holidays and hashtags. So 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. Which conferences should we attend? Which Twitter chats and hashtags should we follow? And how can we best and better raise the visibility for our affiliates, entrepreneurs, ecosystem builders and entrepreneurship?

Here’s our short list we came up with for 2019.

Below, you’ll see just a few of the business— and entrepreneurial–related events we celebrate or create. These events help us shine the national spotlight on local entrepreneurs and 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.) 

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All month

National Mentoring Month

Financial Wellness Month

1st week

National Thank Your Customers Week

Women’s Self–Empowerment Week

Jan. 13

Make Your Dream Come True Day

Jan. 21

Martin Luther King Jr. Day #MLKDay 2019

Jan 22-25

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2019 #WEF

Jan. 23–25

U.S. Conference of Mayors- Winter Meeting @usmayors #USCM2019

Jan. 23–27

U.S. Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference @USASBE #USASBE2019

Jan. 30–Feb. 2

AACC Workforce Development Institute 2019 #comm_college (American Association of Community Colleges)





All month

Black History Month

Time Management Month

Youth Leadership Month

Library Lovers’ Month

Feb. 5-9

Blacktech Week

Feb. 11

International Day of Women and Girls in Science #womeninSTEM

Feb. 11

National Inventors Day #nationalinventorsday

Feb. 12–13

Startup Grind Global Conference 2019 #startupgrind

Feb. 21

Watermark Conference for Women

Feb. 28

Lesbians Who Tech

Feb. 28–Mar. 3

Sustainability, Ethics & Entrepreneurship Conference #SEEConf2019

Feb. 28–Mar. 3

Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit 2019





All month

National Women’s History Month
National Credit Education Month

Mar. 8

International Women’s Day #internationalwomensday

Mar. 8–12

SXSW Interactive Conference 2019 #SXSW

Mar. 10

Daylight Saving Time 2019

Mar. 10–13

National League of Cities Congressional City Conference 2019

Mar. 25–27

Main Street Now Conference 2019

Mar. 26

NC Rural Center Rural Day 2019

Mar. 27–29

California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) Conference 2019

Mar. 28–30

VentureWell Open 2019 #vwopen

Mar. 29

National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day


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Apr. 7–13

National Library Week 2019 #nationallibraryweek #librariestransform

Apr. 10-12

Women in the World

Apr. 9

National Library Workers Day #NLWD19

Apr. 9–12

Skoll World Forum 2019 #skollwf

Apr. 12–13

Black Is Tech Conference

Apr. 15–17

People & Places 2019-National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA)

Apr. 15–18

Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2019

Apr. 18

National Get to Know Your Customers Day #GetToKnowYourCustomersDay

Apr. 13-16

American Association of Community Colleges Annual Conference 2019

Apr. 13–17

33rd International Conference on Business Incubation 2019 #ICBI33

Apr. 28–May 1

Milken Institute Global Conference 2019





All month

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Jewish American Heritage Month

May 2–3

Women of Silicon Valley

May 5–11

National Small Business Week 2019 #DreamSmallBiz (U.S. Small Business Administration)

May 16

Urban Tech Connect

May 22–24

Kauffman Eship Summit 2019

May 27

Memorial Day





All month

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual Pride Month

1st Week

National Business Etiquette Week

2nd Week

Families in Business Week

June 5-8

Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference 2019

June 5-8

Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference 2019

June 7-8

Summit 21

June 17-18

Forbes Women's Summit

June 25-27

WBENC National Conference & Business Fair (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council) 2019





All month

National Recreation and Parks Month

National Culinary Arts Month

July 4

Independence Day

July 4-7

Essence Festival

July 5

Work-a-holics Day #workaholicsday

July 14–17

Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives Convention #ACCE2019

July 17–19

Mid–America Economic Development Council Best Practices Conference 2019 #MAEDC

July 24–27

National Urban League

July 27–28

Code2040 Summit





All month

National Inventors Month

Diversity Awareness Month

Aug. 4–6

Southern Economic Development Council Annual Conference (SEDC) 2019

Aug. 5

Work Like a Dog Day #worklikeadogday

Aug. 21

World Entrepreneurs’ Day 2019 #TwentyFirstAugust

(Alliance of International Business Associations)


Last Best Conference 2019 #lbcon

(Montana Enterprise Center)





All month

Hispanic Heritage Month

Sept. 2

Labor Day

Sept. 16–19

Rural Rise Summit

Sept. 24–27

NERVE 2019 – Entrepreneurs’ Organization

Sept. 24–28

National Black MBA Assocation

Sept. 27–29

IT Arena Uniting Global Tech 2019 – Lviv, Ukraine

Sept. 26–28

Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) 2019

Sept. 29–Oct.2

University Economic Development Association (UEDA) Annual Summit 2019 #uedasummit




All Month

Women’s Small Business Month

National Home–Based Business Week

1st week

Oct. 2–4

Grace Hopper Celebration

1st week

Oct. 7–11

Customer Service Week

Women’s Small Business Month

National Home–Based Business Week

Oct. 9–11

Texas Economic Development Council – Annual Conference 2019

Oct. 13–16


International Economic Development Council (IEDC) 2019 Annual Conference

Oct. 13–16


National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) Conference

Oct. 14–20

National Business Women’s Week

Oct. 16

Boss’ Day


Oct. 21-23

Fortune Most Powerful Women






All Month


National Entrepreneurship Month

Native American Heritage Month

All Month

National Entrepreneurship Month

Native American Heritage Month

Nov. 4–7

Association of University Research Parks (AURP) International Conference 2019

Nov. 4–8

National Veterans Small Business Week

Nov. 7–10

Blavity Afrotech

Nov. 11

Veterans Day

Nov. 15–16

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Summit 2019 #choosewomen

Nov. 18–24

Global Entrepreneurship Week #GEW19

Nov. 30

Small Business Saturday #shopsmall




All month

National Write a Business Plan Month

Dec. 3

Giving Tuesday 2019

Dec. 10

Human Rights Day