Calendar of Events to Celebrate Entrepreneurs and Economic Development 2020

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 2020.

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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Boricua Entrepreneurship Fest, San Juan, Puerto Rico

California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) Conference 2020



All month

National Mentoring Month

Financial Wellness Month

1st week

National Thank Your Customers Week

Women’s Self–Empowerment Week

Jan. 3–7

U.S. Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference @USASBE #USASBE2020


Make Your Dream Come True Day


Martin Luther King Jr. Day #MLKDay 2020

Jan. 20–23

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 #WEF

Jan. 22–24

U.S. Conference of Mayors- Winter Meeting @usmayors #USCM2020

Jan. 22–25

AACC Workforce Development Institute 2020#comm_college (American Association of Community Colleges)



All month

Black History Month

Time Management Month

Youth Leadership Month

Library Lovers’ Month

Feb. 11

International Day of Women and Girls in Science #womeninSTEM

Feb. 11

National Inventors Day #nationalinventorsday

Feb. 11–12

Startup Grind Global Conference 2020 #startupgrind


Watermark Conference for Women #watermarkconf

Feb. 27–Mar.1

Sustainability, Ethics & Entrepreneurship Conference #SEEConf2020





All month

National Women’s History Month
National Credit Education Month


Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit 2020

Mar. 8

International Women’s Day #IWD2020 #EachforEqual

Mar. 8

Daylight Saving Time 2020

Mar. 7–11

National League of Cities Congressional City Conference 2020

Mar. 13–21

SXSW Interactive Conference 2020 #SXSW

Mar. 19–21

National League of Cities Congressional City Conference #vwopen

Mar. 25–27

California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) Conference 2020

Mar. 25–27

SourceLink Affiliate Gathering and Boricua Entrepreneurship Fest, San Juan, PR

Mar. 28–30

American Association of Community Colleges Annual Conference 2020

Mar. 28–Apr.1

34th International Conference on Business Incubation 2020 #ICBI24

Mar. 29

National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day

Mar. 31–Apr.3

Skoll World Forum 2020 #skollwf


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Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2020

Apr. 17–18

Black Is Tech Conference

Apr. 18

National Get to Know Your Customers Day #GetToKnowYourCustomersDay

Apr. 19–25

National Library Week 2020#nationallibraryweek #librariestransform

Apr. 21

National Library Workers Day #NLWD20

Apr. 23–25

Lesbians Who Tech & Allies – San Francisco Summit 2020





All month

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Jewish American Heritage Month

May 2–6

Milken Institute Global Conference2020

May 3 –9

National Small Business Week 2020 #DreamSmallBiz (U.S. Small Business Administration)

May 4 –5

Women of Silicon Valley

May 6 –8

Collective Impact Forum 2020

May 13 –15

Mid–America Economic Development Council Best Practices Conference  2020 #MAEDC

May 25

Memorial Day





All month

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual Pride Month

1st Week

National Business Etiquette Week

2nd Week

Families in Business Week

June 3-6

Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference 2020

June 5-6

Summit 21

June 15-16

Forbes Women's Summit

June 23-25

WBENC National Conference & Business Fair (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council) 2020

June 29 –July 2

Kauffman Eship Summit #ESHIPSummit





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 13–16

Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives Convention #ACCE2020

July 27–28

Code2040 Summit





All month

National Inventors Month

Diversity Awareness Month

Aug. 5

Work Like a Dog Day #worklikeadogday

Aug. 5 –8

National Urban League Conference 2020

Aug. 16–18

Southern Economic Development Council Annual Conference (SEDC) 2020

Aug. 21

World Entrepreneurs’ Day 2020 #TwentyFirstAugust

(Alliance of International Business Associations)





All month

Hispanic Heritage Month

Sept. 7

Labor Day

Sept. 15 –17

EO NERVE 2020 – Entrepreneurs’ Organization 2020

Sept. 20 –23

University Economic Development Association Annual Summit 2020 #uedasummit

Sept. 22–26

National Black MBA Association Annual Conference and Exposition 2020

Sept. 25–27

IT Arena Uniting Global Tech 2020 – Lviv, Ukraine

Sept. 29–Oct. 2

Grace Hopper Celebration 2020

Sept. 30 –Oct. 2

Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit 2020




All Month


Women’s Small Business Month

National Home–Based Business Week

1st Week

Customer Service Week 2020

Oct. 11–14


International Economic Development Council (IEDC) 2020 Annual Conference

Oct. 12–16

National Business Women’s Week

Oct. 16

Boss’ Day






All Month


National Entrepreneurship Month

Native American Heritage Month

Nov. 2–6

National Veterans Small Business Week

Nov. 3–6

Association of University Research Parks (AURP) International Conference 2020

Nov. 12–15

Blavity Afrotech2020

Nov. 11

Veterans Day

Nov. 15–16

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Summit 2020#choosewomen

Nov. 16–22

Global Entrepreneurship Week #GEW20

Nov. 28

Small Business Saturday #shopsmall




All Month

National Write a Business Plan Month

Dec. 1

Giving Tuesday 2020

Dec. 10

Human Rights Day