Calendar of Events to Celebrate Entrepreneurs and Economic Development 2021

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Here’s the list we came up with for 2021.

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?

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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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


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

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


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


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


Pride Summit 2021

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transexual Pride Month

IEDC - Economic Development Marketing and Attraction, June 3-4, 11:00am - 5:30pm ET. 

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


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

SBA Community Navigator Pilot Program grant applications due, July 12

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

IEDC Real Estate Development and Reuse, July 15 - 16, 11:00am - 5:30pm ET. 

Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives Convention (virtual), 2021 Chamber Innovation Summit, July19th - 21st.

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



National Inventors MonthSEDC conference

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

IEDC - Economic Development Strategic Planning, August 12 - 13, 11:00am - 5:30pm ET

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

IEDC - Workforce Development Strategies, August 31 - September 1, 11:00am - 5:30pm ET


Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15th - October 15thNUL Annual Conference

Labor Day, September 6th

National Small Business Week, September 13th - 17th

National Small Business Week Virtual Summit, September 13th-15th

National Black MBA Association 43rd Annual Conference and Career Expo,
September 14 - 18, Chicago

IEDC - Economic Development Credit Analysis, (virtual), September 15-17

University Economic Development Association Annual Summit (UEDA), Savannah, GA,
September 19 - 21, #uedasummit

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

Radically Rural, September 22-23rd, Keene, New Hampshire and virtual, @RadicallyRural

National Urban League Annual Conference,(virtual) September 28 - October 1, #NULCONF21


National Entrepreneurship Month

Native American Heritage Month

National Veterans Small Business Week, November 1 - 7

IEDC Entrepreneurship Development Professional Certification, exam application deadline, November 4. 

Veterans Day, November 11

IEDC - Economic Development Academy, (virtual) November 2 - 5

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2021, November 8 - 14 #GEW2021GEW 2

Boricua Entrepreneurship Fest, (virtual - Español) hosted by Colmena66 celebrating GEW and their 5th anniversary, November 11

Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2021, November 14-18, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

SBA Innovation Ecosystem Summit, (virtual) November 15 - 17

Women's Entrepreneurship Day Summit 2021, (in person and virtual) November 19, #WEDO2021

Small Business Saturday, November 27 #smallbusinesssaturday

Cyber Monday, November 29

Giving Tuesday, November 30



National Write a Business Plan Month

IEDC Entrepreneurship Development Professional Certification exam dates, multiple choice exam, December 4 and Project Assessment and Oral Interview Exam, December 6 - 8

Human Rights Day, December 10

January 2022

United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) 2022 Conference, Raleigh, NC (and virtual) January 5 – 9, 2022 

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, January 17 – 21, #WEF22

U.S. Conference of Mayors- 90th Winter Meeting, January 19 – 22 

American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Workforce Development Institute 2022, Jacksonville, FL, January 26 – 29 

AAC Workforce Dev Inst.

IEDC 2022 Leadership Summit,Coachella Valley, CA, January 30 – February 1, 2022 

More 2022 Events

Our team is working on collecting additional information for future events for 2022. Please email us if you know about upcoming events that should be included and check back often as we update this page.

Visit our 2022 calendar for the latest in industry events!



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