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Go for the Gold! Harford County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo

April 2014

Speed Networking, Exhibitors Highlight Annual Event

The Harford County Chamber of Commerce is hosting its largest business to business networking event of the year on Wednesday, April 23, 1-5pm at the APGFCU Arena at Harford Community College in Bel Air. Sponsors are Harford County Office of Economic Development, Harford Community College, WXCY and I95 BUSINESS. The theme of this year’s Business Expo is “Go for the Gold: Helping Your Business Compete,” inspired by this year’s Winter Olympics. At the Business Expo, exhibitors showcase their products and services to attendees while building a strong networking environment to meet area professionals. This year’s event will launch a new feature for 2014 – Speed Networking. Attendance is free.



Speed Networking is a new and popular trend in business networking. A take-off on speed dating, this segment features a fun, fast-paced way to meet many other professionals – and possibly new customers – while delivering your own introduction to your business. Speed Networking is free to participants who sign up at the Expo to reserve one of the limited positions at one of two afternoon sessions, each beginning on the hour at 2pm and 3pm. Table Hosts, positioned in the center of the Expo, will facilitate the rounds and keep the chaos to a minimum as each person introduces their business before moving to the next table.

In conjunction with the Olympic theme, Debbie Phelps will be the keynote speaker at the Chamber’s annual luncheon held prior to the Expo beginning at 11:30am. Known as an Olympian Mom and educator, Phelps is a nationally known speaker and author of her first book, “A Mother for All Seasons,” which reveals her life story with humor, hope, advice and passion and rallies readers to cheer for all of our children at every stage of their growth and in every endeavor.

Phelps is widely recognized as an innovative, energetic and talented leader and master teacher with more than three decades of teaching and administrator experience. She began her career in education as a teacher at Havre de Grace Middle School in 1974, rising from teacher to team leader to department chair to administrator. She is the newly appointed Director of The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, a private nonprofit, which provides funds for innovative programs, and resources for students and teachers. She has been actively involved with a variety of charity organizations, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County, which is a co-sponsor of the luncheon along with I95 BUSINESS.

The proud mother of three children and grandmother of two, Phelps is a living example of what hard work and dedication can mean both in the classroom and at home. I95

Expo Booth Registration & Lunch Tickets: