Spanning four city blocks of palm tree lined streets and located in the heart of the electrifying and historic South Beach/Art Deco District, the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) is a meeting, convention and trade show paradise. The Small Business Expo networking trade show is the perfect post-holidays and New Year event for your small business. Get your business off and running in 2014, and build your contacts and networking skills at our main show on Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 10 AM – 5 PM. This small business event will be FREE to register up until the day before the show. Register here!
Small Business Expo exists to refine and enhance small business owners’ ability to improve their companies and brands. If you are a vendor with a product or service trying to target small businesses, our networking events are a must-attend opportunity for face-to-face marketing and on-the-spot sales. During the business expo, small business owners are given the chance to meet new contacts and reconnect with old ones in our main exhibitor hall filled with vendors, attend business networking events and seminars and work together in informative workshops. With over 150+ exhibitors, 25+ critical business workshops and seminars and 4000+ business attendees, Small Business Expo is an extremely helpful resource for growing your small business.
Wondering how to embody everything your business stands for in one word or phrase? Naming your small business can be a challenging task. Here are 3 tips to consider when attempting this process.
1) Describe your identity – You want to choose a name that not only describes your business product or service, but something that conveys a tone and goes beyond the basics of your company. Find a name that evokes a feeling and creates an identity.
2) Do the research – Before deciding on a name, make sure that no other company already has the same name or something similar. Check for your desired domain name and the corresponding social-profile usernames. Be sure you can fully claim this name on all different marketing platforms.
3) Welcome all feedback – Don’t hesitate to ask others what they think of your possible brand name. Find out what employees, customers, followers, fans and users think too. The more outside feedback you get will give you a better idea of public perception.
The day we all shop small is approaching. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. Founded by American Express in 2010, this day is annually celebrated on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year, Small Business Saturday 2013 with take place on November 30. Small businesses are the heartbeat of our communities, and this movement has grown to involve millions of individuals, businesses and communities nationwide. At Small Business Expo, we understand the value of this day and are proud to support this business initiative. So get out this weekend and remember to support your neighborhood’s small businesses!
If you are flying to attend Small Business Expo 2014 – Miami, let us help you with the airline fare! Our Small Business Expo airline partner, American Airlines, is offering a special business expo meeting discount. This discount can be booked online at www.AA.com for American Airlines/American Eagle Airlines flights only. Use the promo code 6314AW in the Promotion Code box, and this discount will be valid three days before and after the event.
Founded in 1930, American Airlines has airline tickets, cheap flights, vacation packages and American Airlines AAdvantage bonus mile offers for transportation all over the world.
Think you know all there is to know about our networking trade shows…Well think again! Check out these networking trade show facts:
- Trade shows cost 38% less than sales calls and give you the chance to meet your target market face to face.
- Trade shows are the #1 business-to-business marketing spend to support sales beating out specialty publications, internet, promotions, and PR respectively.
- 91% of attendees say they get the most useful buying info from trade shows.
- 91% of attendees say that trade shows impact their buying decisions because the competition is in one place allowing for comparison shopping in real-time.
- 85% of decision makers say attending trade shows saves their company time and money by bringing vendors together under one roof.
- 81% testify that trade shows help attendees become aware of new products and services.
If your small business is looking to grow, there are many advantages to attending a Small Business Expo networking trade show. Business owners can expect to network with other business professionals and explore the trademark Exhibitor Hall, where hundreds of businesses will showcase their services and products that could apply to your business. Meet, network and build a connection with the movers and shakers in various industries. Additionally, these small business events can help to further your education with business-oriented and informative workshops, seminars and keynote presentations. Small business owners who attend our business events have a chance to get ahead of the game, so take that chance and run with it!
We are going to hit the ground running in 2014! Our first business networking trade show of the new year will take place in Miami at the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC). Located in the heart of South Beach, the MBCC has over 500,000 square feet of exhibitor space and has amenities including a business center, cyber café, box offices, concierge desks, concession stands, show offices and a uniquely designed skywalk. The city of Miami Beach is the perfect urban paradise to meet other business professionals and network in a laid-back tropical atmosphere. Combine business with pleasure and register to attend the first major small business event of the year.
We wanted to give a shout out to Herman Miller for hosting our Small Business Expo 2013 – Los Angeles Launch Party. The sold-out event celebrated the kick off to the small business networking trade show. Presented at the the Herman Miller – L.A. Showroom, the party was filled with business professionals looking to get a head start on networking before the main small business event. The party was a great icebreaker to the main business expo and produced an exciting, pre-show buzz.
As a long-time supporter of Small Business Expo, Herman Miller is the premiere modern design furniture company producing inventive designs, technologies and related services that improve the human experience wherever people work, heal, learn and live. The company strives to create inspiring designs to help people do great things.
As our list continues, here is the second half of the 10 tips for success at a business networking event.
- Condense your message. Convey your sales pitch or company mission in a nutshell and get to the bulk of it quickly. After your message is clear, provide listeners with a call to action for the next step (i.e. call today, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow our Twitter, etc).
- Acknowledge booth visitors. Although acknowledgement may be challenging with large crowds, a simple “hello” to each person can go a long way.
- Keep momentum going, even with slow traffic. There are inevitably times where traffic will be slow, but it’s important to stay engaged. Whether you are conversing with your vendor next door or straightening up the exhibit, staying engaged is key.
- Link booth display to your business goals. The more visually you can demonstrate your business, the better. Try to set yourself apart from the masses in a creative way.
- Follow up. After making new contacts, consolidate your notes about each contact and send personalized messages. Re-establish your initial connection or bond that will help them remember your business.