Area Business Events, Trade Shows and Workshops for February 2011

Business in Indianapolis is the lifeblood of the community, though some might argue that distinction more aptly belongs to the Indianapolis Colts or the world-famous Indianapolis 500-mile race. Love might make the world go round but money, indisputably, makes it more comfortable.

As in all big cities in Indiana and throughout the United States, it’s the Indianapolis businesses that front the entertainment and charities in Indianapolis that are so dear to our hearts. One has only to pop into downtown Indianapolis to feel the hum of their energy, glance at the sweeping Indianapolis skyline to recognize their manifest power.

Care to participate? In the chart below, Fun City Finder offers a collection of the major Indianapolis area business events, trade shows and workshops for the rest of February, 2011. The costs, aims and locations for these greater Indy gatherings vary, but one or more of them may strike a real chord when you read about it. If so, Carpe Diem, as they say. You never know what’s out there till you get out there with your eyes and mind open.

Greater Indianapolis Business Events, Trade Shows, Seminars & Workshops and Networking Groups
February 20, 2011 – February 28, 2011

Broad Ripple Toastmasters: This tried and true international organization has been helping people gain confidence and the communication skills they need for generations. Attend a Toastmasters meeting and find out what it’s all about. It’s free, and it’s valuable. Feb. 22, 2011; 7:00 a.m. at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Broad Ripple Village, North Indianapolis.
Business & Professional Exchange: In transition? Looking for work or an employee? Try this non-profit networking organization. BPE offers weekly opportunities for referrals, assistance with strategies, guest speakers, information-gathering and support. There are chapters with weekly meetings in Avon, Bloomington, Indianapolis North, Greenwood, Kokomo and Lafayette.
Business Feasibility and Basic Start up Steps: The Central Indiana Small Business Development Center presents regular workshops to entrepreneurs just starting out. Find out from professionals whether your ideas are likely to fly or not. Feb. 22, 2011; 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Hendricks County Economic Development Partnership in Avon, Indiana. Call 317.233.7232 for information and registration, which costs $30.
Dealer Expo: This mother of all off-road motor sports trade shows is the very first big event in Indianapolis‘ newly enlarged Indiana Convention Center. It brings an estimated $20 million to the Circle City, so all businesses in Indianapolis profit by its presence. Not open to the public, but if you’re a dealer with the proper credentials, you can get in. Through Feb. 20, 2011
The Indianapolis Immigrant Experience: Shaping Our City: This is a special event produced under the IndyTalks umbrella. Attendees will have a chance to interact with a cross-section of Indianapolis society to form bridges and learn from each other. Feb. 24, 2011; 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Arthur M. Click JCC in Indianapolis. It’s free of charge! Register online
Meetings Move Main Street!: Sponsored by Indiana Meeting Professionals International, this interesting Indianapolis business gathering is their February 2011 luncheon focusing on understanding what really works in communicating face-to-face. Held at the Fishers Conference Center in north Indy, Feb. 22, 2011; 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Register here
Professional Referral Exchange: A networking and referral group with a successful structure, PRE generates connections within its membership. The Indiana chapter meets in Zionsville every Wednesday at 7:45 a.m. at Patrick’s Kitchen. Call 800.929.5323 before attending.
Seize the Day: Business Network International (BNI) puts on frequent similar events for business networking opportunities in and around the Circle City. This is a strong, professional networking group that works through chapters and specific classifications. To learn more, call 317.233.7232. Feb. 24, 2011; 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Comfort Inn Hotel in Indianapolis.
Smart Organizing: This is one of the many excellent adult programs offered at the Hamilton East Public Library. Learn the best way to organize your professional and personal life, down to the last detail. Feb. 24, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.; Fishers Public Library
WordPress for Small Business and Nonprofits: Here’s an introduction to the subject which you might just find invaluable. Learn the basics of blogging from the Indianapolis media experts. Feb. 24, 2011; 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.; 317.489.9255.
Write a Business Plan and Finance Your Business: The Central Indiana Small Business Development Center offers regular sessions on this subject at different locales in metropolitan Indianapolis. Feb. 23, 2011; 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Boone County Chamber of Commerce. Call 317.233.7232 for information and to register, which costs $30.

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