I attend a couple of meetings of entrepreneur groups each month. I've learned a tremendous amount from these meetings, particularly those run by TIE. It's a hardcore business group that's light on socializing and heavy on running and funding your business. Presentations I've heard at TIE events have dramatically influenced the way I've built my business and market products.
Today I attended the Lucky Napkin conference, the first of its kind, by and for entrepreneurs. This conference was unabashedly pro-entreprenur, a breath of fresh air in a world that generally considers entrepreneurs to be on par with "crazy inventors." While the overwhelming majority of attendees were focused on consumer goods, it was great talking to other people who were also facing the challenges of running businesses with a lean budget and less than a handful of employees.
The founders of Lucky Napkin also consulted with with Danny Deutsch, the host of "The Big Idea" on CNBC. It's a great show, as long as you remember than Danny features the success stores and that there are a lot more failures than success stores.
DVDs of today's Lucky Napkin conference are available from their web site.