As an internationally-renowned marketing consultant and event manager, Melissa Forziat has partnered with organizations throughout the world in nearly 100 keynotes, workshops, and presentations to bring new insight to small business owners. Check out her upcoming events and see if there is one near you.

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2018 ASBDC Conference

2018 America’s SBDC Conference – Credit to David Keith Photography at davidkeithphoto.com

Upcoming Speaking Events

February, 2019

February 20-21

GRO-Biz Conference & Idea Expo  (Casper, Wyoming)

Keynote Speaker and Marketing Breakout Session

February 26

Michigan SBDC

Webinar: How to Win at Social Media

2:00-3:00pm Eastern

Cost: Free

 

March, 2019

March 7

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Webinar at an Event: Marketing Your Business from the Driver’s Seat

March 12

Michigan SBDC

Webinar: Create Your Most Profitable Marketing Strategy

2:00-3:00pm Eastern

Cost: Free

March 26

Michigan SBDC

Webinar: Pinpointing Your Perfect Brand and Target Market

2:00-3:00pm Eastern

Cost: Free

 

April, 2019

April 4

Wyoming SBDC

Webinar: How to Build Your Brand and Reach Your Target Market

2:00-3:00pm Mountain / 1:00-2:00pm Pacific

 

May, 2019

May 9

Missouri University of Science and Technology  (Rolla, MO)

Small Business Marketing on a Budget Workshop

May 24

New Zealand Bed and Breakfast Association 2019 Conference (Coromandel, New Zealand)

Brand Positioning and Reputation Building to Set Your B&B Apart

Conference: May 23-25, 2019

 

September, 2019

September 3-6

America’s SBDC Annual Conference (Long Beach, CA)

Guiding Your Clients to a Low-Cost Marketing Strategy, September 4 from 8:00am

35 Ways to Market Your SBDC, September 4 from 3:30pm

Register Here!

September 5

Long Beach SBDC  (Long Beach, CA)

Creating Your Most Profitable Marketing Strategy Workshop

6:00pm-8:00pm Pacific

Cost: Free

Register Here!

September 17

Michigan SBDC

Webinar: How to Win at Social Media

2:00-3:00pm Eastern

Cost: Free

Register Here!

 

October, 2019

October 1

Michigan SBDC

Webinar: Create Your Most Profitable Marketing Strategy

2:00-3:00pm Eastern

Cost: Free

Register Here!

October 8

Michigan SBDC

Webinar: Marketing Your Business from the Driver’s Seat

2:00-3:00pm Eastern

Cost: Free

Register Here!

October 22

Webinar (Hosted by Melissa Forziat Events and Marketing)

Thinking Bigger: How Smart Marketing Evolves Small Business Banking Needs

11:00am-12:00pm Pacific

Cost: Free

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October 29

North Lake Tahoe Resort Association / North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce (Tahoe City, CA)

How to Pitch Your Business & Network Effectively

8:30am-10:00am Pacific

Cost: Members – $20, Prospective Members – $30

Register Here!

 

November, 2019

November 13

Washington SBDC

Webinar: How to Win at Social Media (even with no budget!)

12:00-1:00pm Pacific

Cost: Free

Register Here!

November 20

Washington SBDC

Webinar: Marketing Your Business from the Driver’s Seat

12:00-1:00pm Pacific

Cost: Free

Register Here!

 

Past Speaking Events

2019

America’s SBDC Annual Conference (Washington DC) Guiding Your Clients to a Low-Cost Online Marketing Strategy and 35 Ways to Market Your SBDC. The ASBDC Conference hosts 1300+ SBDC professionals annually!

“Melissa Forziat is quickly becoming a staple of America’s SBDC professional development conference. Melissa has presented at the past 2 years at our conference, providing her extensive marketing expertise to our business consultants, marketing professionals and leadership personnel. Melissa’s workshops are always insightful and engaging, with attendees requesting more information and resources for their marketing strategy. Melissa Forziat is a great speaker for your organization.” Brett Thibodeau, America’s SBDC Program Manager

Bed & Breakfast Association NZ (New Zealand) Brand Positioning and Reputation Building to Set Your B&B Apart The Bed & Breakfast Association NZ creates a national voice and unity amongst bed and breakfast owners and to help address the problem of varying standards throughout the country.

I really don’t know what to say to convey our heartfelt thanks for your attendance at conference. I notice people on Facebook are already writing comments and they convey my sentiments exactly. The way you presented, the quality of your message and just your wonderful personality, all came together to make for a wonderful, on-point, professional presentation. You were definitely a speaker that made US look good! Reflected glory and all that!Donna Brooke, B&B Association NZ Board Member

Missouri University of Science and Technology  (Missouri) Marketing Your Business from the Driver’s Seat webinar and Small Business Marketing on a Budget workshop The Missouri S&T center of the Missouri SBDC help businesses in every stage from concept to startup, growth to renewal, mature to succession.

Melissa presented ideas, best practices and tips to making marketing goals happen in a very relatable way. The handouts and tools she provided will really help guide people through their marketing planning and tasks. Although we had a few technical glitches, Melissa handled them smoothly, professionally and never skipped a beat.Karen Leatherman, Business Development Specialist, Missouri S&T

2018

America’s SBDC Annual Conference (Washington DC) Train the Trainer – Create an Effective Marketing Strategy, The ASBDC Conference hosts 1300+ SBDC professionals annually!

Brazosport College SBDC (Texas) How to Build Your Brand and Define Your Target Market and Small Business Marketing on a Budget Workshops delivered for the 30th Anniversary

We were delighted to have Melissa Forziat as a featured speaker at our 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Small Business Development Center at Brazosport College in Lake Jackson, TX. Melissa presented two insightful seminars on small business branding and marketing, prior to our celebration lunch. Not only did attendees rave about the high quality of Melissa’s content but they also enjoyed her engaging and energetic presentation style. Melissa offers inspiration, practical guidance and encouragement for small business marketing on a budget!Janice Goines, PhD, Brazosport College SBDC Director

Business Impact NW (Washington) Creating a Strong Marketing Funnel 

Cecil County (MD) Chamber of Commerce (Maryland) Effectively Reaching Your Target Market webinar and Create Your Most Profitable Marketing Strategy live workshop

“Melissa did an amazing job relating her marketing techniques to many different people, business, and business models. Very informative.” Reary Morris, Chamber Member, Health Coach

Chandler Chamber of Commerce (Arizona) Learn How to Market Your Business Like the Olympics

The Chandler Chamber of Commerce presented the dynamic Melissa Forziat as a special engagement speaker at our monthly ‘Ask an Expert’ workshop.  Melissa has effectively transformed her experience with big brand management including the Olympics and the Goodwill Games, into a power-packed program that delivered inspiration and innovation.  Her ‘How to Market Your Business’ presentation offered new insight into today’s ever-changing marketing world, loaded with take-aways to develop and enhance the attendee’s skills.  Serious content with a witty and entertaining delivery! – Paulette Pacioni, Marketing Manager, Chandler Chamber of Commerce

Eloy Chamber of Commerce  (Arizona) Small Business Marketing on a Budget – The Importance of Building Partnerships to Market Your Business

Greater Seattle SCORE (Washington) Turn Leads Into Customers Into Profits

Hawaii SBDC (Hilo) and Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce (Hawaii) Small Business Marketing on a Budget

Kauai SBDC (Hawaii) Marketing Your Business on a Budget

Kona SBDC (Hawaii) Marketing Your Business on a Budget

Maui County Business Resource Center (MRBRC) (Hawaii) How to Build Your Brand and Reach Your Target Market

Maui SBDC (Hawaii)  Small Business Marketing on a Budget 

Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) (Webinar Series)“How to Win at Social Media”,“Profiting with Partnership Marketing” and “Creating a Strong Marketing Funnel”. Listen to replays of this webinar series at http://melissaforziatevents.com/marketing-features-recent-press-marketing/ (Note: you must register with an email address)

New Rockford Chamber of Commerce Small Business Marketing on a Budget

Oahu, SBDC (Hawaii) Pathways to Profits: Marketing on a Budget 

Phinney Neighborhood Association (Washington) How to Win at Social Media (even with no budget!)

Real Estate Staging Association (Webinar for RESA National) Smart Social Media for Stagers

“Your webinar was so well received and so many people got so much out of it.” – Jacqueline Robinson, Education and Compliance Coordinator, RESA

Simsbury Chamber of Commerce (Webinar) Small Business Marketing on a Budget – Define and Reach Your Target Market
Ventures Nonprofit (Washington) How to Win at Social Media 

“Melissa meets business owners where they are at and uses her motivational and inspirational tone to get others excited about their lives and their businesses.”  Jen Hughes, Director Training & Incubation, Ventures

How to Win at Member Retention and Thrive as a Community (Webinar) 

How to Win at Fundraising: Creative Strategies to Build Your Donor Base  (Webinar) 

 

2017

Business Impact NW (Washington) Components of Marketing Strategy and Small Business Marketing on a Budget

Melissa does a great job of taking a daunting task like “Marketing on a Budget” and drilling it down to the essence of its parts: from big picture of what you want to achieve, to tools that help you get there.  I walked away with a plan, and know that I have concrete steps that will help me improve my return on investment.  Thank you! – Danielle Moser, Attendee and Development & Communications Director, Business Impact NW

Cecil Chamber of Commerce (Maryland) Marketing on a Budget webinar series

“Melissa Forziat was the perfect partner for our first webinar series. She delivered content that was very comprehensive, but also easy to follow.  Our members learned a lot and we look forward to working with her again in the future.” Bonnie Grady, IOM, President/CEO, Cecil County Chamber of Commerce

Condon Chamber of Commerce (Oregon) Small Business Marketing on a Budget 

Foresthill Divide Chamber of Commerce  (California) Small Business Marketing on a Budget 

Fremont Biz to Biz (Washington) Creating a Strong Marketing Funnel

Fremont Chamber of Commerce (Washington) How to Leverage Event Marketing

Fundraising for the Arts Task Force (hosted by 4culture) (Washington) Tips for Development Staff to Work Effectively With an Event Planner 

Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women (Florida) How to Build Your Brand and Reach Your Target Market and Creating a Strong Marketing Funnel webinar series

Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) (Webinar Series) Listen to replays of this webinar series at http://melissaforziatevents.com/marketing-features-recent-press-marketing/ (Note: you must register with an email address)

You give one of the clearest approaches to online marketing that I’ve seen; and I’ve seen many! Far too many presenters seem to create more confusion and I’ve always wondered if they themselves were also confused or didn’t organize well or used the confusion as an opportunity to sell the need for specialized help.  Mary Hott, Business Coach, West Virginia SBDC

North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce (California) Marketing Your Business on a Budget This event was hosted in partnership with the Tahoe City Downtown Association, North Tahoe Business Association, and the Sierra Business Council.

Orangevale Chamber of Commerce (California) Small Business Marketing on a Budget  

Phinney Neighborhood Association (Washington) How to Win at Social Media (even with no budget!) 

You gave a great presentation and I learned a lot! It was exciting to see everyone so engaged and putting your advice to use before lunch was even over. Emilia Jones, Outreach and Events Manager, Phinney Neighborhood Association

Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce (Washington) Building Your Online Marketing Strategy

Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC)  (Wisconsin) How to Build Your Brand and Reach Your Target Market, Creating a Strong Marketing Funnel,  Maximizing Your Social Media Marketing and Maximizing Your Social Media Marketing webinar series

Ventures (Washington) Advanced Marketing Workshop – Marketing Messaging

“Melissa meets business owners where they are at and uses her motivational and inspirational tone to get others excited about their lives and their businesses.”  Jen Hughes, Director Training & Incubation, Ventures