As an internationally-renowned marketing consultant and event manager, Melissa Forziat has partnered with many organizations 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

September, 2018


September 4-7

America’s SBDC Annual Conference (Washington DC)

Train the Trainer – Create an Effective Marketing Strategy, September 5 from 4:00-5:30pm

Register Here

September 10

Cecil County Chamber (Elkton, MD)

Create Your Most Profitable Marketing Strategy

Workshop and Presentation, 8:30am-12pm

Register Here

 

October, 2018


October 25

Brazosport College SBDC (Texas)

30th Anniversary Celebration of Entrepreneurship

8:30am-1:30pm at the Corporate Learning Center

Two presentations: How to Build a Brand and Define Your Target Market and Small Business Marketing on a Budget

Cost: $35 for Seminars + Lunch, $25 for Lunch Only

Register Here

 

November, 2018

November 15

Real Estate Staging Association

Webinar: Smart Social Media for Stagers

7:00pm-8:00pm Eastern / 4:00pm-5:00pm Pacific

Register here!

November 29

Greater Seattle SCORE

Workshop: Turn Leads Into Customers Into Profits

9:00am-12:00pm

Tentative Location: SCORE office; 2401 Fourth Ave, Suite 450; Seattle WA, 98121

Cost: $50 Early Registration, $65 Late Registration

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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

Register Here!
 

March, 2019


March 7

Missouri University of Science and Technology

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

Time:

More information on how to register soon!

March 12

Michigan SBDC

Webinar: Create Your Most Profitable Marketing Strategy

2:00-3:00pm Eastern

Cost: Free

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March 26

Michigan SBDC

Webinar: Pinpointing Your Perfect Brand and Target Market

2:00-3:00pm Eastern

Cost: Free

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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

More information on how to register soon!

 

May, 2019


May 9

Missouri University of Science and Technology  (Rolla, MO)

Small Business Marketing on a Budget Workshop

More information coming soon!

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

More information on how to register soon!

 

June, 2019


June 24

Green Lake Chamber of Commerce  (Seattle, WA)

Marketing Round Table Discussion

12:00-1:30pm Pacific

Green Lake Village PCC

 

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

Registration Opening Soon

 

Past Speaking Events

2018

Phinney Neighborhood Association (Washington) How to Win at Social Media (even with no budget!) We build, engage, and support our diverse community through programs, services, and activities that connect neighbors and foster civic engagement.

Brazosport College SBDC (Texas) How to Build Your Brand and Define Your Target Market and Small Business Marketing on a Budget The Brazosport College Small Business Development Center (BC SBDC) provides business advising and training for small and emerging companies.

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 Business Impact NW empowers a talented and diverse community of entrepreneurs, supporting the continuing growth of local small businesses through micro-enterprise.

Cecil County (MD) Chamber of Commerce (Maryland) Effectively Reaching Your Target Market The Cecil County Chamber of Commerce is a coalition of area businesses, industries, organizations, and professionals who pool their talents and resources to improve the economic, civic, and cultural climate of their community.

“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

Ventures Nonprofit (Washington) How to Win at Social Media Ventures empowers aspiring entrepreneurs with limited resources and unlimited potential to improve their lives through small business ownership.

“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

New Rockford Chamber of Commerce Small Business Marketing on a Budget The New Rockford Area Chamber of Commerce takes a leadership role in promoting the New Rockford trade area as a progressive and positive place to do business.

Hawaii SBDC (Hilo) and Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce (Hawaii) Small Business Marketing on a Budget The purpose of the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce is to assist businesses and promote Hawaii Island. We provide leadership via services and advocacy for the business community while promoting the economic well being of Hawaii Island as a whole.  The Hawai‘i Small Business Development Center (Hilo) provides professional business advice, research and training to business owners and new entrepreneurs in order to promote growth, innovation, productivity and management improvement. 

Kauai SBDC (Hawaii) Marketing Your Business on a Budget The Hawai‘i Small Business Development Center (Kauai) provides professional business advice, research and training to business owners and new entrepreneurs in order to promote growth, innovation, productivity and management improvement.

Kona SBDC (Hawaii) Marketing Your Business on a Budget The Hawai‘i Small Business Development Center (Kona) provides professional business advice, research and training to business owners and new entrepreneurs in order to promote growth, innovation, productivity and management improvement.

Maui County Business Resource Center (MRBRC) (Hawaii) How to Build Your Brand and Reach Your Target Market  The MCBRC serves as an entrepreneurial resource for new or existing business owners who need business assistance for operations within Maui County. 

Maui SBDC (Hawaii)  Small Business Marketing on a Budget The Hawai‘i Small Business Development Center (Maui) provides professional business advice, research and training to business owners and new entrepreneurs in order to promote growth, innovation, productivity and management improvement.

Oahu, SBDC (Hawaii) Pathways to Profits: Marketing on a Budget The Hawai‘i Small Business Development Center (Oahu) provides professional business advice, research and training to business owners and new entrepreneurs in order to promote growth, innovation, productivity and management improvement.

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

Simsbury Chamber of Commerce (Webinar) Small Business Marketing on a Budget – Define and Reach Your Target Market The Simsbury Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to serving its membership through the advancement, education and communication of the economic, civic, cultural and social interests of our community.

Chandler Chamber of Commerce (Arizona) Marketing Lessons Learned from Working With the Olympic Games and Other World Class Sport Events The Chandler Chamber of Commerce supports business and our community by providing vital programs and services that attract and retain business while embracing our diversity.

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 The Eloy Chamber offers businesses a local platform to tap into the power of an already established community of business owners and entrepreneurs. Members of the Eloy Chamber of Commerce are a part of our growing community.

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

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

North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce (California) Marketing Your Business on a Budget The mission of the North Lake Tahoe Chamber is to take specific actions to help improve the opportunity for local businesses to achieve and sustain success; to promote business, tourism, and the economic, cultural and civic welfare of the greater North Lake Tahoe community.

Foresthill Divide Chamber of Commerce  (California) Small Business Marketing on a Budget The Forest Hill Divide Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to promote commerce, industry, recreation and the general interests of the Foresthill Divide community.

Orangevale Chamber of Commerce (California) Small Business Marketing on a Budget  The mission of the Orangevale Chamber of Commerce is to make Orangevale the best place in California to own and operate a business

The 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 WWBIC is a leading innovative statewide economic development corporation “Putting Dreams to Work.” They focus on individuals who face barriers in accessing traditional financing or resources in pursuit of their dreams and economic well-being. 

Business Impact NW (Washington) Components of Marketing Strategy (Part of the Business Lunch Series) Business Impact NW empowers a talented and diverse community of entrepreneurs, supporting the continuing growth of local small businesses through micro-enterprise.

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

Fundraising for the Arts Task Force (hosted by 4culture) (Washington) Tips for Development Staff to Work Effectively With an Event Planner Fundraising for the Arts Task Force  is a group of arts and culture fundraising professionals that work together to keep arts and culture as a priority agenda item for funders and to raise awareness of the important role the arts play.

Cecil Chamber of Commerce (Maryland) Marketing on a Budget webinar series  The Cecil County Chamber of Commerce is a coalition of area businesses, industries, organizations, and professionals who pool their talents and resources to improve the economic, civic, and cultural climate of their community.

“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

Ventures (Washington) Ventures empowers aspiring entrepreneurs with limited resources and unlimited potential to improve their lives through small business ownership.

“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

 Fremont Chamber of Commerce (Washington) The Fremont Chamber of Commerce strengthens the business climate and improves the quality of life in the Fremont area.

Fremont Biz to Biz (Washington) The mission of the Fremont Biz to Biz Network is to impact the 95% failure rate start up business professionals face in the first five years of business.

Business Impact NW (Washington) Business Impact NW empowers a talented and diverse community of entrepreneurs, supporting the continuing growth of local small businesses through micro-enterprise.

Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) (Webinar) The Michigan SBDC provides counseling, training and research to assist small business to launch, grow, transition and innovate.  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

Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women (Florida) The Helen Gordon Centre for Women is a nonprofit organization offering a diverse array of programs to help women in the Tampa Bay region to succeed both personally and professionally.

Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce (Washington) The Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce represents a variety of Valley businesses ranging from high-tech, industrial, small family-owned restaurants and home-based businesses. We work directly with business owners and city, county, and state leaders to help your business succeed.

Phinney Neighborhood Association (Washington) How to Win at Social Media (even with no budget!) We build, engage, and support our diverse community through programs, services, and activities that connect neighbors and foster civic engagement.

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