SOBCon 2014 Is Definitely ON!!

In case you haven’t heard, I’m back! The cancer’s gone! SOBCon 2014 is definitely on!

Save the dates: June 27-29, 2014
So that you can join us in Chicago, IL.
For what’s going to be the best SOBCon ever!

I’m back, on my game, and building awesome!

If you’re going to NMX, look for a special promo code in your bag.

The good news has just begun!

What Is The SOBCon Formula (And Why Does It Work)?

Here’s more video from @starbucker on SOBCon’s “secret formula”, as we approach our Chicago event on May 3-5.  Have you signed up yet?

Get in the room!


Why You Should Come To SOBCon To Turn Ideas Into Action

Who should come to SOBCon?  Co-Founder Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie explains.

Don’t miss SOBCon Chicago, May 3-5, 2013. Sign up now!


Registration Is Now Open for SOBCon Chicago 2013

Now that SOBCon NW 2012 in Portland is history (and what an event it was – more on that soon!), we’re pleased to launch registration for SOBCon Chicago 2013, to be held once again at the fabulous Summit Executive Center on Michigan Avenue from May 3-5.

Sign up before October 31, 2012 and save $300 off the regular ticket price.

Liz & I are very excited about the theme for this event, but I can’t tell you just yet – so save your seat now, and then bookmark our site, sign up for our Newsletter (use the box at the top of our home page), follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and stay right up to date on all the latest news about the event.

See you in Chicago in May!!

SOBCon Chicago 2013 Registration Page

Watch the Live Feed of SOBCon NW 2012

This weekend (Sept. 28 & 29) we’ll be live streaming SOBCon NW 2012 from downtown Portland. Join us “virtually” below, and remember, our hashtag on Twitter is “#sobcon”.

Live broadcasting by Ustream

SOBCon NW Announces Addition of Local Speakers with National Reach

SOBCon Northwest is coming to Portland in September for its second year. The three-day conference scheduled for September 28th – 30th has just announced two additional speakers from Portland, who are getting national attention. The conference agenda is ALREADY packed with amazing speakers, check-out the full schedule for all the details.

Marry Me Maybe?

Similar to the ‘Call Me Maybe’ pop song sensation this summer, Gina Morris helped to produce a YouTube sensation. With now over TWENTY-FIVE MILLION views (and counting), ‘Isaac’s Live Lip-Dub Proposal’ can officially wear the title of VIRAL VIDEO. She’ll be at SOBCon NW for a one-on-one interview about the inspiration behind the video and how it feels to be in the national spotlight.

Gina is the owner of Radish Underground, an indie fashion boutique in Portland. She’s a self-proclaimed entrepreneur with experience in public relations, event planning and visual merchandising, and also teaches workshops and classes.

Fifty Shades of Heathman?

SOBCon NW is also thrilled to present an interview with  Chris Erickson, General Manager of the Heathman Hotel. The Heathman has recently become a media darling due to a mention in popular fiction novel ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’. The notably erotic tale of kinky trysts, many of which are set at the Heathman, has skyrocketed up the charts and fans are ALREADY flocking to the Heathman’s Facebook page.

Chris was also recently featured on Fox Business discussing new ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ hotel packages and the bars new signature cocktail, ‘Fifty Shades of Gin’. He claims that not only has the book boosted buzz but has also increased revenue. He’ll be on hand for the Portland SOBCon NW event and perhaps will even be able to give attendees the scoop on the movie!

Exclusive Networking Event (and Free Professional Headshots)

Also added to the docket is an exclusive networking event scheduled for September 28th from 7pm – 10pm at The Heathman, sponsored by Vitamin T.  Currently only open to conference attendees and speakers, this promises to be THE networking event of the season.  AND, as a special gift, SOBCon and Vitamin T will are offering free professional headshot photographs to all who attend.  Stay tuned for more details on the nights festivities.

About SOBCon

SOBCon NW runs from September 28th -30th and is one of the best learning forums for startups, small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs in the US. This is the conferences second year in Portland, and will be taking place in the heart of the city, at the Urban Studio in the popular Pearl District.

The theme this year is Starting Up Strategically, and the 2 1/2 day event will include:

  • 6 highly interactive and innovative Mastermind Models that will address the key elements to startup success
  • 2 interviews with startup & small business influencers
  • 2 panel discussions with the entrepreneurs and investors that are leading the way
  • “Give Back Sunday”, where we help non-profits with our know-how and insights
  • Full breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday, full breakfast on Sunday

Attendance will be limited to 100, so sign up early to reserve your seat.

About the post author, Lisa Peyton

Lisa Peyton is a leader in the field of digital marketing. Based in Portland, OR, she serves as executive editor at and Her services include social media coaching, content strategy and digital marketing consulting.


Thanks To Our 2012 SOBCon Sponsors

We are very excited to have 3 amazing core sponsors for SOBCon 2012:


GoToMeeting allows you to host an online meeting with up to 15 people – so you can do more and travel less. Using our web conferencing tool, you can share any application on your computer in real time. Attendees join meetings in seconds.


At Dex One®, we care about small business success. It’s why we provide smart, searchable advertising, free marketing consultations, and expert online resources—all designed to help local businesses like yours get found and chosen by new customers.


Mojaba(tm) is a mobile-web publishing platform for creative agencies to build stunning mobile websites for their clients.

Thanks to our sponsors!

Please visit our sponsors because without them SOBCon wouldn’t be possible!

Learn to Use Video to Help Your Clients “See the Real Me” During #Sobcon Chat on January 19th, 2012 w/ @erlmedia

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Fine-tune Operations with Customer Feedback (feat. @Starbucker) #sobcon

Terry Starbucker St. MarieJoin SOBCon co-founder Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie for our next webinar on Friday, December 16, 10 AM (PST) / 1 PM (EST). Terry will be sharing his insights into fine-tuning operations with customer feedback in a session titled “Process Whisperers: Use Customers to Turbo-Charge Your Business.”

No matter the size of your business, you always face the classic dilemma of delivering a high-quality product at a manageable cost. While internal data and insight can be helpful, the solutions you need may come from an unexpected source: your customers.

Register today for this complimentary webinar and learn from Terry’s vast experience as a leader responsible for the customer experience.

Sponsored by our friends at Go To Webinar.

Hotel 71 Once Again The Host Hotel For SOBCon Chicago 2012 – Book Your Room Now!

We are pleased to announce that once again (for the 5th year in a row!) the fabulous Hotel 71 will be the host hotel for SOBCon Chicago 2012, May 4-6, 2012.

And, we’ll also be up in “Batman’s Bedroom” at the hotel’s 39th floor ballroom for our Sunday give-back sessions.

There are a block of rooms available at the excellent rate of $185 (their current offered rate is $259) – all you have to do is click this link, enter the number of nights, and “Continue”:

Link to Hotel 71 Special $185 Room Rate

Please make your reservations as soon as possible, because these weekends in Chicago are always packed with other events and conferences – and, the rooms at this excellent rate are limited.

And, while you’re at it, if you haven’t already, don’t forget to register for SOBCon Chicago 2012 at the early registration rate of $795, $200 off the regular ticket price.  This offer expires on December 16th, so hurry!