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Long Island is truly a fantastic place to do business. Over the past few years, hundreds of start-ups have placed their roots into Long Island soil. With so many small businesses on the island, business owners are constantly trying to collaborate and network with one another to grow. This makes for ample opportunity for professionals and business owners to get together ,to network and talk about all the important issues that Long Island businesses across all industries face. To help you learn about what is going on this summer, here is a list of the six biggest business meetings and conferences scheduled for this season.

1. East End Conference: Long Range Resilience and Recovery Planning for Coastal Communities

When: Jun 27th, 2:45-7:30pm

Where: SCCC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Center, Riverhead

Hosted By: Long Island Section of the American Planning Association, Metro NY Chapter

Website: APAlongisland.org

Recent events, such as Hurricane Sandy, have highlighted Long Island’s need for long range planning for new economic development and resilience in communities along the Long Island coast. This session will cover how other locations around the world have recovered after similar devastating events. In particular, the Netherlands and their techniques will be highlighted. The presentations and discussions will provide an overview of the best coastal resilience management practices and how local residents and businesses can get involved.

2. Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club of Suffolk County

When: Jun 17th, 7-9 pm

Where: Media Room of the H. Lee Dennison Building at 100 Veterans Memorial Highway in Hauppauge

Hosted By: Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club of Suffolk County

Website: http://meetup.com/iesuffolk

Have an invention and want to learn about the process of licensing and launching that invention into a business? The Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club of Suffolk County meet once a month in the Media Room of the H. Lee Dennison Building at 100 Veterans Memorial Highway in Hauppauge to help launch inventions and entrepreneurs into full-scale businesses. Each Meeting features a guest speaker, lively discussion, and a chance to network with other inventors and professionals. Admission and membership are FREE!

3. Long Island Metro Business Action Meeting

When: July 11th, 8:30 am

Where: Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, Ronkonkoma

Hosted By: Long Island Metro Business Action

Website: http://limba.net/

The Long Island Metro Business Association hosts Mr. Kanas, a prominent figure in Long Island Banking. Mr. Kanas speaks about his rise from bank teller to President. Don’t miss this unique opportunity!

4. Business Basics: How to Successfully Start a Small Business

When: June 18th, 9-11 am

Where: Farmingdale State College

Hosted By: Farmingdale State College

Website: Farmingdale.edu/small-business-development-center

What you need to know to start a small business. Topics will include business types, government regulations, writing a business plan, basic tax information, and financing your business. Pre-registration is required.

5. APICS Professional Development Meeting

When: June 24th, 6-8:30 pm

Where: Jewel Restaurant, Melville

Hosted By: APICS New York City – Long Island Chapter

Website: APICSNYC-li.org

This Professional Development Meeting will focus on inventory performance. Specifically, how to apply a few simple, but core “tricks of the trade” methodologies and very quickly learn where to put your hands on in order to assess your company’s inventory.

6. FMC Connection Day & Job Fair

When: October 24th, 8-am-4pm

Where: Briarcliffe College – Bethpage

Hosted By: Fair Media Council

Website: http://www.fairmediacouncil.org/programs/fmc-connection-day/

The event features more than 15 workshops featuring news media, social media and communications experts sharing information on how you can become an active player in the public conversation — on TV and radio, in newspapers and social media sites. Exclusive networking and story pitching opportunities, and exhibitor’s hall and a luncheon in the grand ballroom.

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