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EXPO 2013: Showcasing Regional Businesses and Emerging Technologies

February 2013

The 2nd Annual EXPO 2013 will be held on April 3, at Mountain Brand Christian Church, New Life Center from 9am until 3pm. Admission to all exhibit halls is free with a business card.

This year’s Expo builds on last year’s success and introduces several new interesting elements. Harford County Chamber of Commerce, the state’s largest member-driven Chamber, joins forces with the Harford County Office of Economic Development and the Harford County Green Business Network to present EXPO 2013, with a new focus on emerging technologies. The Green Business Network strives to promote sustainability through the promotion of energy efficiency, resource management or environmental stewardship.

To accommodate the types of exhibitors that will be attracted to the show, there will be additional exhibit space positioned in a tent on the parking lot. “By adding the tent, we greatly expand the capability to house exhibitors in emerging technologies, showcasing solar panels, wind turbines, electric cars or hydrogen fuel cells,” says Vanessa Milio, CEO of the Chamber. “This new exhibit area, in addition to our strong B2B trade show in the Center, will accommodate large and small exhibits.”

Inside, the Center can accommodate 75 exhibitors, plus offers conference seminar space. “The seminars have been greatly expanded this year,” says Bob Bloom, Chair of the Business Development Committee. “We had a dedicated Seminar Planning Committee to develop eight seminars, led by the region’s top companies. The Committee thanks Patrice Ricciardi, Pat Chambers and Paul Beaulieu for their work to bring a wide variety of topics of critical interest to the Expo.” Eight seminars will be held congruently during four time slots: 9:30, 10:45, 12:30 and 1:45. The cost is $15 per session and includes a lunch coupon for a visit to a food truck vendor onsite. Seminars are listed on the Chamber website, and registration is best done in advance, as space is limited. Day-of registration will be on a space-available basis.

Also new this year is a sit-down luncheon in the Café area from 11:30 to 1:30. This event features a Keynote Speaker, an industry expert from the emerging technology field. While the speaker had not been confirmed at deadline, the topic will be “New Technology, New Materials & Emerging Research and Development.” Register in advance on the Chamber website; tickets are $20.

The EXPO Planning Committee includes Bob Bloom, Chairman, Mary Ann Bogarty, Randy Brunkhorst, Keith Daw, Ploumi Salarious, Erin Ferriter and Laura Dahl. Media Sponsors are I95 BUSINESS Magazine and WXCY 103.7 FM. Promoting Sponsors are Harford Community College and the Harford Mall. Additional sponsors include Harford Business Network for lunch and Business Resource Network for door prizes.

If your company would like to exhibit at EXPO 2013, contact the Harford County Chamber of Commerce at 410-838-2020. I95