There was a decently big conference in town recently, and my boss is very involved - knows the organizer, went himself, but absolutely didn't mention it to me and didn't invite me. I found out via third parties who also knew the organizer and did invite me. I opted not to go due to this situation with my boss, even though I wanted to.
Now the thing is, this conference is specifically for a technology stack I work in virtually every day, and I work in a very small company - I deal directly with this boss every day, and he is also the owner.
I don't want to say I feel slighted, but I'm not quite sure why I wouldn't be at the very least invited to an event like this. It is a good networking and cross pollination opportunity.
Should I bring this up? The only reasons I can think of that my boss wouldn't invite me are if he feels I'm incompetent (unlikely but possible) or if he is fearful I will meet other people, compare notes and decide to leave ship. I feel slighted, but I'm not sure if this is a wise idea to bring up, or if I should just assume my boss does not have my career interests at heart.