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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Black 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,
National Credit Education Month
WBENC 2021: Focus on the Future, (virtual) all month, Women's Business Enterprise National Council
International Women’s Day #IWD2021 #EachforEqual
Daylight Saving Time 2021
National Library Week 2021
, April 5th-April 10th, #NationalLibraryWeek #LibrariesTransform
American Association of Community Colleges AACC Live, April 11th-14th, virtual or in-person, Nashville, TN
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
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
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
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
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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