Well the big event from Intuit is coming and it is in San Jose, California from October 20th to the 23rd.
The QuickBooks Connect Global Conference includes both pre & post conference events and yours truly has the honour of attending as an Intuit guest VIP.
The event is the first of its kind in the industry and will bring together not only the usual suspects – accountants and bookkeepers – but business owners, marketers and even application developers all under one roof.
It is drawing people from all around the world, so it can truly be called a Global Event. In fact, I find with colleagues and the clients I talk to its creating a lot of industry buzz.
In case you don’t know, Intuit creates business and financial management solutions for small businesses, consumers, and accounting professionals.You probably know some of its more well-known products such as QuickBooks, Quicken and TurboTax.
New opportunities for its attendees, both Intuit customers and non-customers, will be presented in main stage programs and workshops. As mentioned, the conference will draw a wide range of participants, from first-time entrepreneurs to software developers.
“We’ve been helping small businesses for more than 20 years and know how powerful our ecosystem can be when you connect all the pieces and players,” said Dan Wernikoff, senior vice president and general manager of Intuit’s Small Business Group. “QuickBooks Connect brings together these parts for the first time, giving attendees the chance to meet the people, see the cloud technology and get the advice they need to thrive.”
And what an incredible line-up on the main stage. Speakers will include former NBA star, “Magic” Johnson, Arianna Huffington of The Huffington Post, TV celebrity Martha Stewart, Intuit president and CEO Brad Smith, Founder Scott Cook, and entrepreneur and TV star Bill Rancic. Entrepreneurs changing the face of their industries, including Debbie Sterling of GoldieBlox and Tristan Walker of Walker & Co. and Code2040, will also be featured.
Additionally, the event will offer breakout tracks tailored for attendees’ specific interests, including:
- Entrepreneurs looking to turn their idea into a reality will get the information and make connections they need on everything from perfecting a business pitch to securing funding
- Small businesses trying to take the next step toward growth and success will hear from expert speakers and attend hands-on workshops that will provide advice on topics ranging from hiring to marketing and financial fitness
- Accountants embracing the future of cloud accounting will learn about new product breakthroughs and get tips on how to save time and grow their practice, earning continuing professional education credits along the way
- Developers wanting to solve important customer problems leveraging QuickBooks data will see how to build and support apps on the rapidly growing, global Intuit Partner Platform and drive customer usage.
Check out the conference site for additional speakers, specific track sessions, and other up-to-date announcements.
I am really excited about attending this first and one of a kind event. While I’m at the event I will be posting to my blog and providing updates via social media. But then again, maybe I’ll see you there?
And, If you don’t yet follow me on social media, and shame on you if you don’t, my Twitter handle is @JulietAurora.
And one final thought…I would love to get my picture taken with “Magic” Johnson, but do you think that would make me look shorter?
Until next time.