There’s something about a conference. Maybe it’s the swag. Maybe it’s the sessions. Maybe it’s the thrill of ordering new business cards and finally meeting your online heroes in real life. Likely, it’s some combination of them all. At a good conference, you can’t walk into the main space without hearing the excitement. But when you walk into a great conference, not only do you hear it, you can feel it. 

This year, the one conference that has to be on your radar and your calendar is the Military Influencer Conference in Washington D.C., from September 8-10. After the inaugural conference brought together over 700 veteran and military spouse influencers in Dallas last year, this year’s MIC promises to not only match last year’s magic but to top it.

Here are our top 5 reasons you can’t miss MICDC:

The Mission.

As most incredible things begin, the Military Influencer Conference started with one person and a vision. Founder Curtez Riggs wanted to connect the different corners of the military space, from the business owners to the bloggers, the freelancers to the designers, inclusive of veterans and military spouses.

He knew the passion behind the entrepreneurs and the savvy of the content creators, and the power in bringing them together. And so he did. The result in Orlando was an extraordinary exchange of ideas with promise only to build, and MICDC will do just that.

Attendees will learn how to grow their brands, no matter what stage it’s in, and how to incorporate giving back to our community into their business model. 

The Expertise. 

Often times at a conference, you’ll see one or two headliners and then sessions that warrant more of a coffee break than continued interest. That is anything but the case for MICDC. While keynotes like Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income, Colin Wayne of Redline Steel and Briana Keilar of CNN should be enough to draw you in, there is a tremendous depth of expertise in the breakout sessions.

With tactical takeaways like how to develop e-courses, social media strategies, financing your business, launching a freelance career and so much more, you’ll be learning from and interacting with the best of the best. It’s rare to have such breadth of experience in your network, let alone within arm’s reach.

From the MIC website:

With more than 30 educational sessions and a wide range of dynamic, inspiring speakers, this event gives digital entrepreneurs an unprecedented opportunity to find the resources and connections needed to grow your online business. Time and time again, you’ll be introduced to bold new ideas and proven strategies for both short and long-term growth.

The Opportunities. 

Sure, you’ll meet so many incredible people, but if that isn’t reason enough, MIC Orlando could forever change your business. StreetShares, who has partnered with Sam Adams Brewing the America Dream, will be announcing three Veterans Small Business Awards, for a total of $25,000.

There will be a live pitch competition where succinctly explaining your business model could garner investments, and an opportunity for service organizations to have a roundtable with Veterans Florida. We don’t want to put the pressure on you and say these are “once in a lifetime” chances, but, well … let’s call a spade a spade: these are once in a lifetime chances. 

  1. The Network. Some of the best takeaways from a conference aren’t in what you learn, but in who you meet. MIC Orlando has some of the biggest names in the military space, and not only are those folks attending, they’re there to connect, to collaborate, to network. That’s right: They want to meet you! Don’t miss the opportunity to share a drink and your dreams with some of the most prominent influencers, who are genuinely interested in what you’re doing and how they can help elevate you. In addition to the impressive speakers and fellow attendees, the sponsors of MIC Orlando are second to none. With companies like USAA, Comcast, Military By Owner, GovX and Crosby Marketing sponsoring the event, you’ll have an unprecedented opportunity to talk about partnerships, branding, and so much more. 
  1. The Location. Honestly, we’d attend MIC 2018 no matter where it was being held after last year’s experience, but the fact that it’s at a world-renowned resort certainly doesn’t hurt. We’re guessing a lot of collaborations will happen over drinks at the pool, on the golf course, and at one of the resort’s many lounges or restaurants. With pristine grounds, extravagant amenities and beautiful accommodations, the Rosen Shingle Creek is reason enough to go. Add on the incredible benefits of MIC Orlando, and it becomes a “can’t miss.” 

We know you won’t regret buying your ticket to MIC Orlando, but you might regret if you don’t. You’re worth the investment. We can’t wait to see you in Florida.