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Don’t Miss These 2018 Cleveland Business Conferences for Your Professional Development

Cleveland's location in the heart of the Midwest makes it home to many professional conferences that act as your professional development playground for enhancing business. You can also enjoy this Rock 'N Roll world capital's local attractions while getting work done on your business trip. Check out this list of 2018's best professional conferences in Cleveland to get a head start on what's happening in your industry.

1. Human Resources for Anyone with Newly Assigned HR Responsibilities

January 26th; Radisson Hotel Cleveland-Gateway

Learn the basics of what every HR professional should know when you attend the Human Resources for Anyone with Newly Assigned HR Responsibilities. This Fred Pryor Seminars & CareerTrack-sponsored event offers the HR business professional insight on several benefits and regulatory topics, including COBRA, FMLA, workers' compensation and American Disability Act (ADA). You can also learn about important legal information regarding firing and hiring employees and essential record-keeping best practices. The conference also provides an opportunity for attendees to earn continuing education credits when you register. The venue is also close to several business-friendly dining options, including The Great Lakes Brewing Company and Quaker Steak & Lube.

2. 2018 Northern Ohio Human Resources Conference

March 22nd-23rd; Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland

The next time you're conducting business meetings in Cleveland, be sure to stop by the 2018 Northern Ohio Human Resources Conference. Gain insight on the latest HR strategies and tips to enhance the employee experience and the workplace environment from workshops, sessions and keynotes featuring innovative speakers, such as entrepreneurs David Rendall and Ben Whitter and Delivering Happiness CEO Jenn Lim. This conference also features breakfast, lunch, a keynote speaker luncheon, and options for "hands-on" workshops when you register.

3. Woodlawn Post Entrepreneur and Leadership Summit

January 27th; Venue TBD

The first-ever iteration of this conference focuses specifically on media and branding. Woodlawn Investments is still working on the details surrounding locations, dates, and speakers, but is drawing professionals and branding experts from across old and new media to discuss how to survive and thrive as a new business. Get involved on the ground level and be sure to stop by this business conference for professional development in Cleveland.

4. Content Marketing World Conference and Expo (CMWorld 2018)

September 4th-7th; Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland

The next time you're in Cleveland for business, make sure to visit the Content Marketing World Conference and Expo (CMWorld 2018). This conference offers insight on the latest content marketing strategies. It also features prominent speakers and more than 120 innovative workshops and sessions. Past speakers from the 2017 conference brought out award-winning actors, filmmakers and marketing gurus, such as Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception and The Dark Knight Rises), YouTube producer and director Casey Neistat and GE CMO Linda Boff. Expect networking opportunities with innovative content marketing industry business professionals and experts with your conference registration.

5. 2018 Society of Sensory Professionals Teaching and Professional Conference

September 26th-28th; Hilton Cleveland Downtown

Every two years, the Society of Sensory Professionals (SSP) brings together sensory scientists from across the country to discuss new sensory science and consumer research and engage in professional networking. Previous conferences have included engaging topics like designing products with users' sensory experiences in mind, the interplay of emotions and empathy, and the role of certain specific substances in sensory processing. Many of the SSP's conferences are overseas, so the 2018 Society of Sensory Professionals Teaching and Professional Conference is the perfect opportunity to catch up on this exciting niche field stateside when visiting Cleveland for business.

You don't want to miss out on what's going on in and around Cleveland in the professional business world in 2018. Begin 2018 by exploring these business-friendly professional conferences on your next business trip to Cleveland.

What 2018 conferences are you looking forward to attending in Cleveland? Share with fellow business travelers in the comments below.