By Rieva Lesonsky

It’s not easy being an entrepreneur. There’s a ton you need to know, even more you’ve got to do, and not nearly enough time to get it all done. That’s why getting advice and inspiration from other entrepreneurs and industry experts is so crucial.

If you’re in the Washington, D.C. area you can do just that on Friday by coming to the GrowSmartBusiness Conference hosted by the Washington Business Journal and Network Solutions.

There’s something for every business owner (including non profits), no matter the size or stage of your business. You can attend sessions in any one of four tracks and find out how to (among other things):

  • Use social media to grow your business
  • Get funding
  • Attract and keep customers
  • Be innovative
  • Navigate the “mobile world”
  • Get started in business today
  • Hire smart

We all know most entrepreneurs don’t like to follow the rules, but I think you’ll want to know about the 6 rules for tech success, and the 10 rules of business cards. I can’t wait to share 3 big trends that you can start cashing in on almost immediately. One of our speakers is even going to share the “5 minutes that can change your business—forever.”

I know you’re busy; all of us business owners are. But getting away from the office, meeting new people, and hearing different perspectives is as important to growing your business as almost anything else you do.

Come join me Friday, November 5th at the Renaissance Hotel. I promise, you won’t regret it.