Patrick Schwerdtfeger is a motivational keynote speaker who has contributed to numerous events in Orlando, including a large small business symposium sponsored by Bloomberg TV in December 2010 and SmallBiz180 in 2012. Patrick’s presentations cover modern marketing and the social media revolution, including a variety of case histories where small businesses leveraged social media platforms (like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube) to explode their businesses virtually overnight. He’s the author of the award-winning book Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed (2011, Wiley) and a regular speaker for Bloomberg TV. Patrick specializes in small business marketing, emerging business trends and modern entrepreneurship. So if you’re organizing an event at the Orange County Convention Center on International Drive, the Marriott Orlando World Center on World Center Drive, the National Entrepreneur Center on East Colonial Drive, the Hampton Orlando International Convention Center on Universal Boulevard or some other meeting facility in Orlando, Florida, Patrick Schwerdtfeger can deliver the buzz and excitement you might be looking for.
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Orlando has many conference facilities, including:
- The Florida Hotel & Conference Center on Sand Lake Road
- Orange County Convention Center – West Concourse on International Drive
- Hilton Orlando on Destination Parkway
- Rosen Centre Hotel on International Drive
- Hyatt Place Orlando/Convention Center on International Drive
- Other meeting spaces in Sky Lake, Winter Park and Pine Hills
General Information about Orlando, Florida, for Meeting Planners
Orlando has a population of about 2.1 million people and is located in the central part of the state of Florida. The city is best known for the Walt Disney World Resort (founded in 1971) but is also referred to as “the city beautiful” because of it’s scenic features like Lake Eola and the City Walk. It’s also known as “The Theme Park Capital of the World” and attracts more visitors each year than Las Vegas!
Orlando is a major hub for business conferences and conventions. The combination of vibrant tourist destinations, great Florida climate and ample conference facilities make Orlando a perfect destination for your tradeshow or annual meeting. Here is Patrick’s economic forecast for America.
2014 Business Conventions in Orlando, Florida
Orlando is hosting hundreds of conferences during 2014. The Academic and Business Research Institute International Conference will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel on International Drive in January. It is being organized by Academic and Business Research Institute. Royal Caribe Suites, on World Center Drive, will play host to the Strategic Recruitment Summit being organized by Talent Management Alliance in February. The 12th International Conference of The Global Academy of Business & Economic Research will be held in March at the Sheraton at Lake Buena Vista. It is being organized by Global Academy of Business & Economic Research. The Sloan Consortium is hosting the International Conference on Online Learning at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort in October.
2013 Business Conferences in Orlando, Florida
2013 is going to present us hundreds of conferences and conventions taking place in Orlando, Florida. These larger meetings include the leading national forum on home energy, the RESNET Building Performance Conference hosted by the Residential Energy Services Network scheduled in February at the Orlando World Center Marriott. In March, the American Montessori Society is also hosting their 2013 Annual Conference ‘Sustaining the light in every child’ at Hilton Orlando Destination Parkway. Furthermore, the SGMP (Society of Government Meeting Professionals) is also holding their 31st Annual National Education Conference & Expo in May at Rosen Shingle Creek.
Speaking Opportunities for Aspiring Speakers in Orlando
Orlando Toastmasters clubs are a great place for Florida aspiring speakers to practice their craft. The Reliable Speakers meets at Orlando Utilities on West Anderson Street (Thursday at 12:00 PM), Orlando Orators meets at Black & Veatch Office on South Orange Avenue (Wednesday at 12:00 PM), Downtown Toastmasters Club meets at UCF Executive Development Center – Downtown Orlando on West Pine Street (Wednesday at 7:30 AM) and Orlando Toastmasters Club meets at Herndon Branch Library on East Colonial Drive (Thursday at 7:00 PM).
Orlando Food Choices for Convention Attendees
If you’re visiting Orlando for a business convention, you might want to try some of the local restaurants while you’re in town. Orlando is the conference capital of the United States and has tons of great restaurants to choose from. In particular, we recommend Kres Chop House, Tu Casa Restaurant, Primo Restaurant and Four Rivers Smokehouse. Kres Chop House (Phone: 407-447-7950) is an all-American steakhouse and is known for its prime rib. Tu Casa (Phone: 407-856-3997) also offers largely American fair but does so in small tapas plates. Primo Restaurants (Phone: 407-393-4444) has an ‘eat local’ focus and gets many of its ingredients from local farms and gardens. And Four Rivers Smokehouse (Phone: 407-474-8377) is known for awesome barbeque and massive portions!
Orlando Attractions for Conference Delegates
Orlando is home to Walt Disney World and it definitely makes sense to add on a few days before or after the conference to check it out. With over 25,000 acres, it is the world’s largest vacation resort and also the most visited theme park in the world. And while you’re in town, try to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studio’s Islands of Adventure as well. Other popular attractions include Discovery Cove (a tropical oasis), the La Nouba show by Cirque de Soleil and “Around the World” at the Epcot Center. Orlando is a global leader when it comes to tourist attractions so bring the family and enjoy the local sites while you’re in town.