When it comes to innovation, California is the ultimate hub for entrepreneurs. From Silicon Valley to San Diego, the Golden State is absolutely brimming with small business and startup potential — which is why we think that ONTRApalooza 2016, October 12-14, in Santa Barbara, is going to be unforgettable.

Situated between the tech giants of the Bay Area and the creative genius of Los Angeles, ONTRAPORT is based in the coastal region known as “Silicon Beach,” thanks to Santa Barbara’s growing tech scene. This year’s ONTRApalooza brings together the best minds in marketing, entrepreneurship, sales, leadership, and more, which is why we’re convinced that every small business owner, marketer or startup founder must attend.

If you’re a California-based entrepreneur, small business owner or marketer, here are five reasons to get yourself to Santa Barbara this fall for the fifth annual ONTRApalooza:

1. You Can See Big Names in Marketing Without Getting On a Plane

Ever heard of a little company called Netflix? Their founding CEO Marc Randolph will be giving a keynote this year — and he’s got some pretty impressive company on this year’s speaker roster. He’ll be joined by Sophia Amoruso, the Founder and Executive Chairwoman of Nasty Gal, one of the internet’s most rapidly growing women’s fashion retailers; Neil Patel, serial entrepreneur and Founder of three wildly successful software companies, including Kissmetrics; and Ryan Deiss, Founder of Digital Marketer; and more!

2. Connect With New Mentors from Your Area

Looking for an introduction to your next business mentor? With hundreds of driven entrepreneurs, marketers and small business owners converging at one vibrant event, ONTRApalooza is the perfect place to network with potential mentors from a variety of industries.

Especially for entrepreneurs from Silicon Beach, this will be a prime opportunity to meet leaders from the local tech and entrepreneurship scene.

3. Build Relationships (And Potential Strategic Partnerships) With Local Peers

In addition to meeting mentors who may be a bit further along on their entrepreneurial journey than you are, at ONTRApalooza you’ll also have the opportunity to meet other ambitious and like-minded peers from California, many who may be at the same stage of business building as you.

At ONTRApalooza 2016, you can learn from entrepreneurs with a collection of diverse business backgrounds and even form relationships and strategic partnerships that can change the trajectory of your business for the better.

4. Learn New Marketing Strategies to Grow Your Business Exponentially

ONTRApalooza isn’t just about networking — this event is built around hands-on workshops where you’ll learn strategies and growth hacks to expand your business and participate in software training sessions that will give you the skills and confidence to fully-leverage business automation.

There are two big obstacles entrepreneurs typically face as they prepare to scale their businesses. The first is not knowing what marketing strategies to focus on first — those that will help them grow most rapidly. With so many possible strategies to choose from, it’s incredibly difficult for most entrepreneurs to pinpoint the one that will make the biggest difference in their business.

The second problem is time. Most entrepreneurs simply don’t have enough of it — because working IN their businesses consistently gets in the way of working ON their business.

ONTRApalooza is designed to give entrepreneurs the skills to overcome both of these obstacles. Marketing and growth experts will share the strategies that are getting results now and show you how to apply them in your business (and in which order), and in-depth software sessions will show you how to leverage your time using business and marketing automation so that you can focus on the ambitious marketing projects that will get you real results.

5. The Last, And Very Best Reason You Should Buy a Ticket… (Drumroll Please!)

The final, and best, reason that every entrepreneur from San Diego to Sacramento needs to be at ONTRApalooza is because of the incredible locals-only discount. We want as many entrepreneurs from California as possible to be present at this unique, so we’re giving you a massive discount.


If you’re a California-based entrepreneur, use promo code OPLZALocals to get your ONTRApalooza ticket for only $297 — that’s $400 off a regular All Access Pass! Head over to ONTRApalooza.com to claim your ticket for this exclusive, California-only price.

About Megan Monroe
Associate Editor Megan Monroe is a graduate of Santa Barbara’s Westmont College where she studied Philosophy and Communications. After working for several local small businesses (where she gained firsthand experience with the frustration of manual segmentation and follow-up), Megan joined the Ontraport Growth Team. When she isn’t writing marketing copy, social media posts or educational guides for entrepreneurs, she enjoys taking advantage of the Central Coast's amazing wineries and cooking without following a recipe.