Special Events


Convention Opening Reception & Business Pitch Competition
Wednesday, October 22, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Kick off your Small Business Convention experience as we open up the event with a bang. Check out the exhibit hall, mingle with fellow Convention attendees and see surprise entertainment! This is an opening of the Convention you won't want to miss!

Business Pitch Competition

Kick off your Small Business Convention experience as we showcase some of the hottest new business ideas at the fourth annual COSE Business Pitch Competition!  A special guest host, Jeff Hoffman, CEO and co-founder in the Priceline.com family of companies, will lead our panel of experts in critiquing the final four business pitches. Watch entrepreneurs share their vision, WOW the panel and prove why they deserve the $20,000 prize.  Click here to learn more about the COSE Business Pitch Competition.

Signature Dinners
Thursday, October 23, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Enjoy dinner and camaraderie with fellow Convention goers and bond over business and life experiences in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Choose from a variety of signature dinners ranging from a clambake to a tour of one of Port Clinton's greatest winery, Mon Ami . For a complete listing of signature dinners, please click here.

Vegas Nights Convention Party

We’re bringing Vegas to the Convention. Join us after your Signature dinners, and try your luck at the black jack, poker or  roulette tables. If betting is not in the cards for you, sit back cool, calm and collected like Ol’ Blue Eyes and sip on your martini while you take in the dancing and music. The Rat Pack days may be gone, but everybody knows entrepreneurs know a thing or two about having a good time. One thing’s for sure, this is going to be a fun filled night, just remember “What happens at the Convention, Stays at the Convention!”

Free to all SBC attendees. Cash Bar




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