CORPORATIONS AND STARTUPS, PARTNERING FOR GROWTH: Presented by Highnote Foundry in partnership with the Knight Foundation, event includes breakfast, a moderated panel and an open forum, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Jan. 8, Westin Colonnade in Coral Gables. RSVP required for attendance: RSVP@highnotefoundry.com
BITCOIN HACKATHON AND CONFERENCE: This inaugural Miami Bitcoin Hackathon, with prizes of $10,000, $3,500 and $1,000 paid in bitcoins and presented by the tri-county Blockchain Beach initiative, will be held Jan. 9-11, a week before the North American Bitcoin Conference in Miami Beach Jan. 16-18. Info: www.miamibitcoinhackathon.com (free hackathon); btcmiami.com (conference).
SMALL BUSINESS EXPO: Free to attend, Small Business Expo brings together thousands of business owners and decision-makers to network, attend workshops and shop from vendors, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 15, Miami Beach Convention Center. Info: www.thesmallbusinessexpo.com/miami
SHARK TANK CASTING CALL: As part of the Small Business Expo (information above), there will be a ABC Shark Tank casting call Jan .15. More info: www.thesmallbusinessexpo.com/sharktank/
ENTREPRENEUR GROWTH CONFERENCE: Free conference by Entrepreneur magazine covers topics from capital raising to online marketing, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 4, Miami Beach Convention Center. Register: http://entrepreneur.com/events/registration/38
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Posted Jan. 28, 2014