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Small Biz Bloggers Go Wild for GrowSmartBiz

by Shashi Bellamkonda on November 12, 2010

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The second GrowSmartBiz Conference was thrilling and it was great to see many of our previous attendees come back another time. Thank you Washington Business Journal and Network Solutions for organizing the conference.  We had over 30 speakers in 4 tracks talking about Customer Service, SEO, marketing and innovation, non-profits, Small Business finance and Government contracting.

One of the attendees to the conference, Daria Steigman, posted an excellent recap about Barry Moltz ‘s talk on ‘six key steps that businesses can take to put in place customer-service-focused operations” on her blog at http://www.steigmancommunications.com/2010/11/09/why-customer-service-is-the-new-marketing/.

Stacy Yamaoka, co-founder of D.C.-based Yayastream and of Marry Me Live, where she is bringing live video streaming to the wedding industry, posted videos from the conference at

Deborah Allison Lee, a Certified Professional Organizer® and the founder of D. Allison Lee LLC, (a professional organizing company that helps residential and business clients realize their goals of getting organized, increasing productivity, and reducing stress) was wowed by the mobile apps presented in the Small Business Technology track and her blog post at http://dallisonlee.com/blog/2010/11/08/small-business-owners-increase-your-productivity-with-att-mobile-apps/ has a great list of all those apps.

Steve King, one of the moderators and partner at Emergent Research and our go to guy for all things related to any “preneurs” (solopreneurs, homepreneurs), was impressed by Jeremy Epstein’s Dandelion Marketing concept and blogged about it here http://www.smallbizlabs.com/2010/11/dandelion-marketing.html

We did not let lunch come in between the learning and several business experts shared their expertise at the lunch roundtables. We have the details here http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/blog/2010/11/mixing-lunch-with-networking-on-friday.html. Julie Diaz Asper also recapped the discussion at the round table: http://blog.gigcoin.com/blogger-outreach-how-to-get-started/ .

After the conference, TBD News Channel 8 was generous enough to interview me and can be seen below:

We will carry more coverage of the conference in subsequent blog posts and thank you for posting. Here are a few tips if you are thinking of writing a blog post or using other media: http://www.shashi.name/2010/11/growsmartbiz-content-consolidation-tips.html. As always we welcome guest posts related to Small Business topics on this blog and GrowSmartBusiness.com.For Women Entrepreneur community topics, please see http://www.womengrowbusiness.com.

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    • http://twitter.com/JulieDiazAsper Julie Diaz-Asper

      I was impressed by the speakers at Grow Smart Biz. The speakers were smart, engaging and the sessions felt more like a conversation than a presentation. I meet tons of new contacts. Sign me up for the next one.