Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS CONNECTUS SMALL BUSINESS CONFERENCE & EXPO? It’s a two-day conference with the first day focusing on our youth entrepreneurship program and the 2nd day is designed to leverage the purchasing power of local and regional government agencies and municipalities to support the growth and development of small, minority, and women-owned business enterprises across the region. Held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, the bi-annual event is one of the region’s largest gatherings of small business owners, WBEs and MBEs. Hosted by Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and the City of Columbus, the conference will provide an interactive platform for procurement officers, supplier diversity professionals, municipality leads, business owners and leaders, and industry influencers to discuss best practices of entrepreneurship and tangible ways to build and grow your business.

WHAT IS THE COST OF REGISTRATION? Individual registration is $125 

How many people attend the conference? The conference is an evolution of the former Mayor’s Small Business Conference & Expo which attracted approximately 700 attendees. Hundreds of attendees are expected to participate in the 2019 ConnectUS Small Business Conference & Expo.

Where is the event held? The Greater Columbus Convention Center (400 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215)

What is the appropriate attire? Business attire.

Will conference participants be given a list of attendees? Registered attendees will be able to network with each other using the event mobile app.

Does my registration fee include hotel accommodations? No. The registration fee includes conference sessions, registration materials, access to the event app, Signature Luncheon, Networking Breakfast, and the Business Expo.