Patrick Schwerdtfeger is a motivational keynote speaker who spoke at a small business conference co-sponsored by Bloomberg TV and Comcast Cable in Austin, Texas, in May 2012. He spoke about the use of social media in small business marketing and has returned to Austin for a number of other conferences and business events. Patrick is the author of the award-winning book Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed (2011, Wiley) and a regular speaker for Bloomberg TV. He specializes in online marketing, business trends and entrepreneurship. So if you’re planning a business convention in the Courtyard Austin Downtown Convention Center on East 4th Street, the Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark, the Austin Convention Center on East Cesar Chavez Street or some other conference facility in Austin, Texas, Patrick will deliver the buzz and excitement you’re looking for.
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Austin has many conference facilities, including:
- Austin Convention Center on East Cesar Chaves Street
- AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center on University Avenue
- Hilton Austin on East Fourth Street
- Renaissance Austin Hotel on The Arboretum at Great Hills Arboretum Boulevard
- Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown Convention Center on North Interstate Frontage
- Other meeting spaces in South Congress, North Lamar and Cedar Park
General Information about Austin, Texas, for Meeting Planners
Austin is the capital city of Texas and the 4th largest city in the state. The population is about 1.7 million people. Austin as emerged as a major technology hub and hosts a number of large technology conferences including South by Southwest (SXSW). Austin is known as the “City of the Violet Crown” for its violet glow during winter. Many multinational corporations have regional headquartered in Austin including IBM, Google and Apple. Being a tourist destination, Austin is a popular location for different international events, including the International Tech Summit Meet Up and the 2012 ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo. The Austin Convention Center is a top-notch conference facility, attracting many large conventions every year. Here is Patrick’s economic forecast for America.
2014 Business Conventions in Austin, Texas
Austin will be home to dozens of conventions in 2014. The 2014 Pubcon Regional conference, hosted by Pubcon, will be held at the AT&T Conference Center in the University of Texas in January. Austin will also be home to the International Architecture Conference, hosted by the Society of Architectural Historians, in April. This conference will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency Austin Hotel, on Barton Springs Road. April will also be the month during which the 2014 Business Launch Gala will be held at The Contemporary Austin Jones Center, on Austin Avenue. Lastly, the Double Your Business in 2014 convention will be held at Mercury Hall, on Cardinal Lane, during December.
2013 Business Conferences in Austin, Texas
Austin city in Texas is also holding numerous conferences and conventions in the upcoming year. Some of these include the 33rd Annual Convention & Exposition by the TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association) at The Austin Convention Center in February. In the same month, the University of Texas – School of Social Work is hosting their 22nd Annual Texas School Social Workers Conference in February at Austin Doubletree Hotel. In June, the CEDA (Council on electronic Design Automation), along with the SIGDA (Special Interest Group on Design Automation), and EDA (Electronic Design Automation Consortium) is celebrating their 50 years of innovation through the 50th Design Automation Conference at the Austin Convention Center.
Speaking Opportunities for Aspiring Speakers in Austin
Austin Toastmasters clubs are a great place for Texas aspiring speakers to practice their craft. DPS Toastmasters Club meets at Texas Dept of Public Safety – Bldg G on North Lamar Boulevard (Thursday at 12:00 PM), Armadillo Avenue Club meets at Travis Building on North Congress Avenue (Monday at 12:00 PM), Travtalk Club meets at 700 Lavaca Building on Lavaca Street Austin (Thursday at 12:05 PM) and Capital City Toastmasters Club meets at Waller Creek Center on East 10th Street (Wednesday at 12:00 PM).
Austin Food Choices for Convention Attendees
While attending your business conference in Austin, experience some of the local flavors at famous restaurants in the city like Salt Lick BBQ, County Line, Shady Grove Restaurant, and Texas Chili Parlor. Salt Lick BBQ (Phone: 512-894-3117) at 18300 FM 1826 Driftwood is an outdoor restaurant serving beef, pork ribs and sausage in an all-you-can-eat style. Set in a lakeside spot, County Line (Phone: 512-346-3664) at 5204 FM 2222 is known for its combos of brisket, sausage and beer that you can enjoy right on the dock. Take a bite from the renowned vegetarian “Hippie Sandwich” served at Shady Grove Restaurant (Phone: 512-474-9991) at 1624 Barton Springs Road. Texas Chili Parlor (Phone: 512-472-2828) at 1409 Lavaca Street rates their spice level from X (mild) to XXX (extra spicy) to top off their burgers, enchiladas, and Frito pie.
Austin Attractions for Conference Delegates
If you have time before your flight after attending a business conference in Austin, go explore the local attractions including the State Capitol Building, Governor’s Mansion, Congress Avenue Bridge and Alamo Draft House Cinema. The State Capitol Building is located on North Congress Avenue in Austin and is one of the largest building with a large antiques collection as well. The Governor’s Mansion, located in 1010 Colorado Street downtown is worth visiting, with beautiful gardens and Greek revival facades. The Congress Avenue Bridge is also a popular tourist attraction and offers a wonderful lake view. The Alamo Draft House Cinema is an historic theater located at 409 Colorado Street in downtown.