Entrepreneurial Economic Development Calendar

Events that shine a spotlight on entrepreneurship

A calendar of events celebrating entrepreneurs and economic development

Attending conferences and events is one of the best ways to stay up-to-date with entrepreneurship-led economic development. We’ve curated this calendar to help economic developers and ecosystem builders stay abreast of networking opportunities, educational webinars and national conversations happening around entrepreneurship.

Below, you’ll find just a few of the business and entrepreneur-focused events on our radar in 2022. This list is not comprehensive and does not serve as an endorsement for non-SourceLink events. If there’s something we missed, feel free to send us a note.

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January 2022

Jan

National Mentoring Month

Jan

Financial Wellness Month

2-8

National Thank Your Customers Week

5-9

United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) 2022 Conference

Raleigh, NC (and virtual) #USASBE2022 #PioneerandPersevere

12

Radically Rural Webinar: Growing Rural Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: Lessons from Tupelo MS to Ord NE

13

Make Your Dream Come True Day

13-14

EDC Economic Development Marketing and Attraction

virtual

17

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

17-21

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland #WEF22

19-22

U.S. Conference of Mayors- 90th Winter Meeting

17-28

IEDC Workforce Development Strategies

26-28

Times of Entrepreneurship Virtual Event: Challenges Met, Opportunities Ahead

27

Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Virtual Conference

#KIFE2022

26-29

American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Workforce Development Institute 2022

Jacksonville, FL

30-1

IEDC 2022 Leadership Summit

Coachella Valley, CA

February 2022

Feb

Black History Month

Feb

Library Lovers’ Month

8-11

IEDC Economic Development Academy

Online

8-9

IEDC Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development Strategies Course

9

Radically Rural Webinar: Engaging Everyone: Accessibility as Sustainability

10-11

IEDC Business Retention and Expansion Course

11

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

#womeninSTEM

12-19

National Entrepreneurship Week

17

Black Enterprise Diversity Equity & Inclusion Summit

23-25

IEDC Economic Development Credit Analysis

March 2022

Mar

National Women’s History Month

Mar

National Credit Education Month

8

International Women’s Day

#IWD2022 #BreakTheBias

Mar

WBENC 2022: Innovate. Discover. Create Solutions.

(Virtual) all month, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

8-9

IEDC Introduction to Entrepreneurship-led Economic Development Course

9

Radically Rural Webinar: Rural childcare: we can do so much!

10

InBIA Advance Leadership Summit

10-11

IEDC Accelerating Growth through Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development

11-20

2022 SXSW Interactive Conference

#SXSW

13

Daylight Saving Time 2022

14-16

2022 National League of Cities Congressional City Conference

Washington D.C.

16

SBDC Day

#SBDCday

17

Rural RISE Monthly Speaker Series

19-24

IEDC Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) Exam

27-30

Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2022

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

28-30

National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day

29

Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Virtual Conference

#KIFE2022

April 2022

3-9

National Library Week 2022

#NationalLibraryWeek

5-6

Startup Champions Network Summit

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

5-8

Skoll World Forum 2022

Hybrid, Oxford, UK, #skollwf

12-13

Startup Grind Global Conference

#startupgrind

21

Building Rural Communities Through Entrepreneurship

21

National Get to Know Your Customer Day

#GetToKnowYourCustomersDay

21

Rural RISE Monthly Speaker Series

Coachella Valley, CA

25-29

2022 Watermark Conference for Women

#watermarkconf

26-28

2022 Collective Impact Action Summit

Virtual

30-3

American Association of Community Colleges Annual Conference (AACC)

New York, NY #AACC102

May 2022

May

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May

American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Workforce Development Institute 2022

1-7

National Small Business Week

#SmallBusinessWeek #NSBW #NationalSmallBusinessWeek

2-4

State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI) Annual Conference

Little Rock, AR

12-13

IEDC Real Estate Development and Reuse Course

#KIFE2022

12-13

EU-Startups Summit

(Startups in Europe)

16-18

Main Street Now Conference

Richmond, VA

18-20

IEDC Economic Development Finance Programs

Coachella Valley, CA

9-13

IEDC Economic Development Week

#EconDevWeek

19

Rural RISE Monthly Speaker Series

Jacksonville, FL

30

Memorial Day

June 2022

June

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month

1-4

Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference

Waco, TX

3-6

U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting

7-9

2022 WBENC National Conference

Atlanta, GA

9-10

IEDC Business Retention and Expansion Course

12-14

IEDC Economic Future Forum

Richardson, TX

16

Rural RISE Monthly Speaker Series

19

Juneteenth

21-22

IEDC Introduction to Entrepreneurship-led Economic Development Course

23-24

IEDC Accelerating Growth through Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development

7-10

Women in Tech Global Conference 2022

26-29

InBIA ICBI36

26-29

Essence Festival of Culture, Weekend 1

July 2022

July

National Parks and Recreation Month

July

National Culinary Arts Month

13

Smart Growth America’s Equity Forum: Upending Cultural Displacement

13-15

Mid-America Economic Development Council Best Practices Conference

14-15

IEDC Workforce Development Strategies Course

20-23

National Urban League Annual Conference

21

Rural RISE Monthly Speaker Series

26-29

Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives Convention

28-29

IEDC Entrepreneurial & Small Business Development Strategies Course

August 2022

August

National Inventors Month

9-10

IEDC Real Estate Development and Reuse Course

11-12

IEDC Economic Development Marketing and Attraction Course

13-16

Southern Economic Development Council Annual Conference

18

Rural RISE Monthly Speaker Series

24-26

IEDC Economic Development Credit Analysis Course

21

World Entrepreneurs’ Day

September 2022

Sept 15-Oct 15

Hispanic Heritage Month

6

Labor Day

15-16

IEDC Economic Development Strategic Planning Course

18-21

IEDC Annual Conference

19-22

Association of University Research Parks (AURP) International Conference

21-23

36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival

21-22

Radically Rural Summit

27-Oct 3

National Black MBA Association 44th Annual Conference and Career Expo

28-30

RuralRISE Summit

29-30

IEDC Business Retention and Expansion Course

October 2022

October

Global Diversity Awareness Month

2-5

National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) Annual Conference

2-5

Forbes Under 30 Summit

9-11

National Women’s Business Conference

27

UEDA Summit

16-22

National Women’s Business Week

20-21

IEDC Neighborhood Development Strategies Course

November 2022

November

National Entrepreneurship Month

November

Native American Heritage Month

1-5

National Veterans Small Business Week

3-4

IEDC Entrepreneurial & Small Business Development Strategies Course

11

Veterans Day

14-20

Global Entrepreneurship Week

25

Black Friday

26

Small Business Saturday

28

Cyber Monday

29

Giving Tuesday

December 2022

December

National Write a Business Plan Month

10

Human Rights Day

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