Philadelphia Keynote Speaker

Patrick Schwerdtfeger is a motivational keynote speaker who spoke at a small business event co-sponsored by Comcast Cable and Bloomberg TV in Philadelphia in July 2010. He has since returned for numerous additional events. He spoke about social media and how it can be used by small business owners to promote their businesses. 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 self-employment, business trends (like ‘big data’ and business intelligence) and innovative online marketing. So if you’re planning a business convention in the Four Points by Sheraton Philadelphia City Center on Race Street, the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel on North 17th Street, the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Arch Street or some other conference facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Patrick will deliver the buzz and excitement you’re looking for.

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Philadelphia has many conference facilities, including:

  • Philadelphia Convention Center on Arch Street
  • ACE Conference Center on Ridge Pike
  • Philadelphia Marriott Downtown on Market Street
  • Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel on Dock Street
  • Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel on North Seventeenth Street
  • Other meeting spaces in Bala Cynwyd, Camden and Feasterville Trevose


General Information about Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for Meeting Planners

Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania and is commonly referred to as “the city of brotherly love.” The city holds a special place in American history and has numerous museums and monuments to commemorate the various contributions (including the Liberty Bell) it made to the country. Situated along the Delaware River on the Atlantic coastline, Philadelphia is a big city with a population over 1.5 million as of 2010. The city is a major tourist destination attracting over 2 million tourists each year. As a popular tourist destination, it also caters to the needs of its business visitors. Some of the many convention and meeting venues within the city are Pennsylvania Convention Center, First District Plaza, and CHF Conference Center. Comcast, CIGNA, Sunoco and Wyeth are only some of the major international companies with headquarters in Philadelphia. The city is also known for its annual International Trade Workshop. Here is Patrick’s economic forecast for America.


2014 Business Conventions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dozens of conventions will be taking place in Philadelphia in 2014. The Life Sciences Accounting and Reporting Congress will be held at the Hyatt Regency, on South Christopher Columbus Boulevard in March. It is being organized by CBI. The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics is organizing the International Conference on Data Mining in April at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel on Dock Street. Pennsylvania Convention Center on Arch Street will play host to the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, being organized Biotechnology Industry Organization, in May. eTail East will be held at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown on Market Street in August. It is being hosted by Worldwide Business Research.

2013 Business Conferences in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia is going to host numerous conferences and meetings during 2013. Some of the larger gatherings include the 113th Penn Annual Conference ‘Spotlight on Surgery’ organized by the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medicine in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania which will take place at Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel in March. Aside from this event is Free Your Mind’s 2nd conference on Consciousness, Mind Control, and the Occult, taking place at the Arch Street Meeting House in April. Moreover, the 12th Annual Conference by the Philadelphia Trans-Health will be held in June at Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Speaking Opportunities for Aspiring Speakers in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Toastmasters clubs are a great place for Pennsylvania aspiring speakers to practice their craft. Positively Charged Toastmasters meets at PECO Energy Co on Market Street (Thursday at 12:00 PM), Independence Square Club meets at US EPA Region III on Arch Street (Wednesday at 12:00 PM), Panorama Toastmasters Club meets at Watermark on Franklin Town Boulevard (Wednesday at 7:00 PM) and Big Blue Club meets at Independence Blue Cross on Market Street (Tuesday at 12:00 PM).

Philadelphia Food Choices for Convention Attendees

When in Philadelphia for a business conference, you may want to try some of the local flavors at Jim’s Steaks, Farmicia, Capogiro Gelato and White Dog Café. Jim’s Steaks (Phone: 877-313-5467) on South Street is a local favorite with its Philly cheesesteaks, hoagies, and salads. Farmicia (Phone: 215-627-6274) on South 3rd Street in Old City serves unique and healthy dishes like organic Angus burger, tofu, pasta, and other vegetable plates. More than a gelato hotspot, Capogiro Gelato Artisans (Phone: 215-351-0900) on South 13th Street in Centre City has a variety of dessert flavors from cilantro-lime to black walnut. White Dog Café (Phone: 215-386-9224) on Sansom Street is a favorite upscale place for college students who enjoy creative dishes and organic ingredients.

Philadelphia Attractions for Conference Delegates

The best way to unwind from a business conference in Philadelphia is to take a tour of the city’s attractions, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Citizens Bank Park, Independence Hall and Fairmount Park. Learn the history of the whole country at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, built with golden color stones in the 1920s. Enjoy the Philadelphia skyline at the Citizens Bank Park which is central to all the city’s attractions. Visit the oldest structure in the country for the US Declaration of Independence at Independence Hall. And finally, take a stroll across the Fairmount Park, one of the largest municipal parks in the world and home to one of America’s oldest Zoos.

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