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One of the biggest sources of resources available for entrepreneurs to learn about industrial, business, and product categories in which they are seeking to pursue or explore to progress their business ambitions are industry meetings, conferences, trade shows + roadshows. 

At such events, you can learn about the products, technology, best practices, infrastructure, potential partners, and possibly clients or customers which can enable you to make your business not just survive but also thrive. Keep in mind you can attend such events as an attendee or invest in being an exhibitor if your business idea is to go market-ready.

This list is meant to provide entrepreneurs with a wide variety of options and opportunities to do a deep dive into several industrial, business, and product categories; though is not intended to be all-inclusive. This list is in chronological order because Events are date and time-sensitive.


PROFESSIONAL + AFICIONADO LEVEL AUDIO EQUIPMENT: CanJam show attendees have the unique opportunity to experience the very latest in headphones and personal/portable audio technology with interactive product demos, educational seminars, and more.

18, 19 Jun 2022
 Marriott Marquis Chicago, Chicago, USA

AIRPORT INDUSTRY: The route development forum for the Americas Airports + Airlines Routes

21 – 23 March 2023
The route development forum for the Americas
Chicago, Illinois

AFRICAN X HOSPITALITY OWNERSHIP + INVESTMENT: The annual forum for the Exploration of AfricanX ownership + investment.

NABHOOD African American Hotel Owners + Investment Summit 2022
         Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Friday, June 15, 2022
Hilton Miami Airport, Blue Lagoon

SPIRIT BEVERAGES: The Big Southern Spirit Industry Conference. The Tales of the Cocktail Foundation platform seeks to act as a catalyst to Educate, Advance, and Support the Spirit Beverage communities we touch.

20 year anniversary
July 25- July 29, 2022

CANNABIS: An International Cannabis Industry Conference + Expo, in the Land of Ganja

Business Conference & Expo
Sept 15, 16, 17, 2022
Montego Bay, Jamaica

CONVENIENCE STORE: Gas Station + Stand Alone Convenience Store show for Big Gulps, Hot Dogs, and Snack Cakes for Everybody! Did I mention $100 for Fillups?

Conference: October 1-4, 2022
Expo: October 2-4, 2022
Las Vegas Convention Center

INVESTMENT TRADING: Today’s Investment Markets, Tomorrow’s Enabling Technology

September 28-29, 2022
Navy Pier, Chicago

INTERIOR DESIGN: The Design Industry Showcase of the Art + Antiques which make their creations Unique + Interesting

October 6-9, 2022
Merchandise Mart Chicago – 7th Floor

AIRPORTS GLOBAL: The Destination of the World’s Airports and the some of the Airlines Serving Them

World Routes 2022
The 26th World Route Development Forum
Las Vegas, USA • 16 – 18 October 2022

THE ADVERTISING INDUSTRY: Advertising Week New York is the tentpole event bringing in our largest audience of brands, agencies, tech, and media companies that will once again host the most inspiring, controversial, and productive conversations – setting the agenda for the year to follow.

September 19-22, 2022

CANNABIS: Grow. Innovate. Sell. Your Cannabis Business Year starts Here

November 15-18, 2022, (Expo floor November 16-18)
Las Vegas Convention Center

WATER: The Water Filtration + Water Treatment Industries Big Showcase of Technology and Services

Conference: October 8–12, 2022
Exhibition: October 10–12, 2022
New Orleans USA

CONTENT MARKETPLACE: The Global Community of Content Creators + Buyers Converge of the French Riviera

17-20 October 2022 – Palais des Festivals, Cannes
MIPCOM – The World’s Entertainment Content Market Sellers & Producers
Meet the industry’s top buyers and financiers as they converge at MIPCOM searching for new content.
✔ Launch and promote your programs to buyers from all over the world
✔ Get up to date on the latest trends shaping the content industry
✔ Promote your brand and content
✔ Meet with and expand your international network

RADIO + TV BROADCAST: The business of being hands-on and connecting with all the right people, knowledge, skills, and technology that’s propelled broadcast, media, and entertainment to a whole new level.

Nat’l Association Broadcasters SHOW
New York – Media In Action
OCTOBER 19-20, 2022 – Javits Center

RECYCLING: Be a part of the industry that can and might save our planet’s ecological environment

October 29, 20, 2022
Marriott Marquis Chicago

COLLECTIBLES EXPO: For collectors of all ages. Collecting is a business or at least it can be.

August 5-7, 2022
 McCormick Place


GLOBAL ELECTRONICS TECH: CES® is the most influential tech event in the world, a proving ground for breakthrough technologies and global innovators. This is where the world’s biggest brands do business and meet new partners, and the sharpest innovators hit the stage.

Consumer Electronics Show
Thursday, January 5 through Sunday, January 8, 2023
Las Vegas Convention Center + Other Venues

ELECTRONIC ENTERTAINMENT MARKETPLACE: The Largest Entertainment Content Marketplace in the USA for TV Content Buyers + Sellers.

January 16 – 23, 2023

SMALL BUSINESS US GOV CONTRACTORS: The US Government Procurement Conference for Contactors and prospective Subcontractors, with Matchmaking.

Check Back for Late January 2023 Dates
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center

HOME + HOUSEWARES: The home industry for all things smaller than Home Furnishings.

International Home + Housewares Show
March 4–7, 2023 | McCormick Place | Chicago, IL

BAR + FOOD SERVICE: The Bar & Restaurant Industries Largest Trade Show, serving the West Coast

Bar & Restaurant Expo 2023

VISUAL ENTERTAINMENT: Learn about the inner workings of the film and TV industry. Sessions will focus on the business side of things, with topics like distribution, financing, and the ever-changing nature of the industry.

March 10–18, 2023; Austin, TX

WINE & SPIRITS DISTRIBUTION: Conference focusing on Regulation, Taxation, Policies, Innovation, Trends

2023 Dates TBD
Check for Updates for 2023

VISUAL ART: One of the World’s Largest Exhibitions of Artist and or Galleries with an International draw

13–16 APRIL 2023

BEAUTY INDUSTRY: For all of the beauty industry practitioners from Hair Stylists and Nail Techs to Estheticians and Makeup Artists.

March – April 2023 Dates TBD, McCormick Place

EXPERIENTIAL EVENTS: Learn how to make your Business, Consumer, and Social Events Captivating + Compelling Experiences

RETAIL TECH: Brick + Mortar and eCommerce Retail Technology, Design, Shipping, and Much More

May 13, 14 15, 2023
South/North Buildings
Attendance 15,000

PUBLIC MOBILITY: All Things Shared Mobility including Public Transformation, Cars,, Bikes, Scooters

2023 National Shared Mobility Summit
May (TBD), 2023 | Chicago, IL
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

BUSINESS TECH + INNOVATION: Techspo Chicago is where you might find your Next Big Thing!!!

Check for May TBD, 2023 Dates
United Club Lounge, Soldier Field Stadium, Chicago

FOOD SERVICE BIZ: Largest Food Service Industry Conference + Trade Show in the USA with an international audience

National Restaurant Association, Restaurant Hotel-Motel Show
Attendance 65,526, Web Address
May 20 – 23, 2023; McCormick Place | Chicago, IL

SWEETS + SNACKS: Sweet Confection and Savory Snack Companies from the biggest to the smallest startups, from all continents.

2023 Sweets & Snacks Expo
May 22-25, 2023; McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

USA TOURISM: If you’ve got a USA destination or tourist attraction you’d like to promote to international travel agents + tour operators, this is an opportunity to do so.

Check for 2023 Dates

AFRICANX TRAVELERS: A Travel & Tourism conference targeting AfricanX consumer travelers

Atlanta, GA; Marriott Marquis
Check for June TBD, 2023

AFRICANX TOURISM: Where Major Corporations + Certified Minority Companies Explore Business Relationships

Check for updates on June 2023 Conference + Trade Show

GLOBAL INTERIOR DESIGN: NeoCon has served as the world’s leading platform and most important event of the year for the commercial interior design industry since 1969.

June 13 – 15, 2022
The Mart, Chicago

TECH INFRASTRUCTURE: Technology Infrastructure Conference + Trade Show with a Supplier Diversity Summit

AUGUST 8-9, 2023
New Orleans

APPAREL MARKETPLACE: MAGIC is a high-energy fashion experience and home to the largest selection of trend-driven and young contemporary apparel, footwear, and accessories in the industry.  

08 – 10 Aug 2023
Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, USA

AFRICA BUSINESS OPTION: Explore Business Options and Opportunities in and with nations in Africa

Abidjan Welcomes IARF November 2023
Check for dates and updates