Calendar of Events to Celebrate Entrepreneurs and Economic Development 2021

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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 2021.

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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February

state of black america reportBlack History Month (State of Black America Report from the National Urban League)

Time Management Month

Youth Leadership Month

Library Lovers’ Month

International Day of Women and Girls in Science #womeninSTEM

National Inventors Day #nationalinventorsday

California Association of Local Economic Development -CALED’s 2021 Webinar Wednesday, Legislative Outlook, Wednesday, February 3, 1:00pm - 2:00pm PST. 

Entrepreneurs of Color: Building American Opportunity, Thursday February 11, 11:30am - 3:30pm ET

NatlEshipWeek, Feb 13th to 20th, #NatlEshipWeek #NationalEntrepreneurshipWeek

Black Enterprise Diversity and Inclusion Summit 2021, (virtual) February 25

Startup Grind Global Conference, Feb 22nd to 25th, #startupgrind

Sustainability, Ethics & Entrepreneurship Conference, Feb 27th to March 1st #SEEConf2021

March

National Women’s History Month,SBDC day

National Credit Education Month

WBENC 2021: Focus on the Future, (virtual) all month, Women's Business Enterprise National Council

International Women’s Day March 8, #IWD2021 #EachforEqual

Daylight Saving Time 2021, March 14

National League of Cities Congressional City Conference, 2021 (virtual), March 7th - 10th #vwopen

2021 Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium: Pathways to invention, entrepreneurship, and STEM careers for K-12 and beyond, (virtual) March 10, Noon - 1:30pm ET

SBDC Day, March 17th, #SBDCday


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SXSW Interactive Conference, March 16th to 20th, 2021 #SXSW


Women's History in the Wine Industry, (virtual) March 24, 4:00pm - 5:00pm CT


Watermark Conference for Women, March 25th #watermarkconf


National Urban League's Women of Power Awards, (virtual) March 25th, 7pm ET. #WOMENOFPOWERNUL Women of Power Awards
















April

InBIA ICBI35 Annual Conference for Entrepreneurial Ecosystem BuildersNational Library Week 2021, April 5th-April 10th,    #NationalLibraryWeek #LibrariesTransform 


American Association of Community Colleges, AACC Live, April 11th-14th, virtual or in-person, Nashville


Main Street Now Conference, April 12th-April 14th.


Skoll World Forum 2021 (virtual) #skollwf, April 13th-15th


Rural Broadband RuralRISE Mini-Summit, April 15th


National Get to Know Your Customer Day, April 15th, #GetToKnowYourCustomersDay


IEDC's Economic Development Academy, April 20 -23rd


International Conference on Business Incubation - InBIA's Annual Conference, #ICBI35, April 26th-30th


2021 Collective Impact Action Summit, April 27th-29th


May

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
IEDC Economic Development Week
Jewish American Heritage Month

National Small Business Week, 2021 May 2nd - May 8th (tentative) 
#SmallBusinessWeek,#NSBW #NationalSmallBusinessWeek

American Association of Community Colleges, AACC Digital, Thursdays in May

IEDC Workforce Development Strategies, (virtual) May 4th - 5th, 11:00am to 5:30pm ET.

IEDC Professional Development - Business Retention and Expansion, (virtual) May 6th - 7th

IEDC Economic Development Week, May 9th - 15th #EconDevWeek

IEDC Economic Development Finance Programs, May 19th - 21st, 11:00am to 5:30pm ET.


Rural RISE Monthly Action Session Web Conference, (virtual) May 20th, 2:00pm ET


HackOut: Startup and StartOut weekend 2021, (virtual) May 21st - 23rd, #HackOut2021


Mid-America Economic Development Council Best Practices Conference 2021 (virtual) May 12th - 13th, #MAEDC


The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2021, May 25th - 28th, Singapore


Memorial Day, May 31

June

Pride Summit 2021

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transexual Pride Month

Women in Technology Online Festival, June 7th - 11th, #WITOnlineFestival

IEDC Economic Future Forum, (virtual) June 7th - 8th

Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, 2021 (virtual) June 9th - 12th

Rural RISE Monthly Action Session Web Conference, June 17th, 2:00pm ET

IEDC Introduction to Entrepreneurship-let Economic Development, (virtual) June 17th - June 18th, 11:00am - 5:30pm ET

Lesbians WHO Tech Pride Summit, (virtual) June 21st - 25th,  #LWTSUMMIT @LESBIANTECH @LWTECH

Essence Festival of Culture, Weekend 1, (virtual) June 25th - June 27, #ESSENCEFEST

July

National Recreation and Parks MonthEssence Festival of Culture

National Culinary Arts Month

Independence Day, July 4th

Essence Festival of Culture, Weekend 2, (virtual) July 2nd - July 4th, #ESSENCEFEST

Rural RISE Monthly Action Session Web Conference, July 15th, 2:00pm ET. 

IEDC Accelerating Growth through Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development, (virtual) July 29th - July 30th, 11:00am - 5:30pm ET.

August

National Inventors MonthSEDC conference

Work Like a Dog Day, August 5th - #worklikeadogday

Southern Economic Development Council - 75th Anniversary Celebration & Annual Conference - Tampa, August 15th - 17th

IEDC Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development Strategies, (virtual) August 26th - 27th, 11:00am - 5:30pm ET. 

World Entrepreneurs' Day 2021 #TwentyFirstAugust



September

Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15th - October 15th

Labor Day, September 6th


Rural RISE Summit 2021, September 20th - 21st. Emporia, KS


 

More 2021 Events

Our team is working on collecting additional information for future events for April and beyond. Please email us if you know about upcoming events that should be included and check back often as we update this page.

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