Nov. 19 - Chamber Business Expo - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Nov. 19 - Chamber Business Expo

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GOOD MORNING DELMARVA - The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 2013 Business-to-Business Expo on Thursday, November 21st at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. Presented by Comcast Spotlight, this is slated to be the Chamber's premiere networking event of the year. The expo is sponsored by Innovative Benefit Solutions, Robinson's Family of Businesses, and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.

The theme of this year's expo is "Where do we go from here?" This question, and the answer to that question, means something different for every individual, their business, and their industry. Whether it is a firmly established business in the community looking to expand or a small start-up, the Chamber is here to help businesses navigate through their own road map to success.

New this year, the Chamber is opening the expo up to all Chambers across Delmarva.

The Chamber's General Membership Luncheon, sponsored by a.s.a.p.r. integrated marketing, will begin at 11:30 am. The keynote speaker will be Brian Cohen, Vice President & City Manager of Liberty Property Trust. Mr. Cohen oversees all development, leasing and property management of the company's properties in Center City Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

The Business Expo floor will then open to the public at 1:30 pm. From 2:00-3:00 pm there will be a Panel Discussion with industry leaders. The discussion is entitled "What's Next?" Leaders in the energy, news and insurance industries will discuss how their firms have adapted to a changing landscape and how the changes in their industries will impact your business.  This is a great way to learn from them while you visit the expo and explore new business opportunities.

New this year, the Chamber in partnership with hotDesks.org, will host a "StartUp- MeetUp" during the expo from 4:00-5:00 pm. The goal of this event is to inspire would-be entrepreneurs with a penchant for innovation to provide them with a glimpse into product development and to show the work that goes into getting a product or service to market. The event will include presentations by individuals and organizations relevant to the startup community, specifically those within the technology industry.

The culmination of the day's activities will take place during the Business After Hours from 5:00-7:00 pm, sponsored by Maryland Capital Enterprises (MCE) and Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center (ESEC). They have joined together to launch the Eastern Shore Business Plan Competition. Both organizations strive to advance and expand the entrepreneurial ecosystem on Maryland's Eastern Shore and are collaborating to lead a business plan competition that will draw greater attention to the Eastern Shore and attract entrepreneurs to the opportunities and resources available in the region.  The application process for the competition has begun and they are looking forward to more submissions. The final round of the competition will take place during the business expo. A maximum of five individuals or teams will make it to this round and will present in front of a panel of judges. The winner will then be announced during the Business After Hours.

The event is open the public and free to attend. Exhibitor booths are still available. For more information or to sign up as an exhibitor, please contact Shannon at the Chamber at 410-749-0144, e-mail slayton@salisburyarea.com, or visit www.salisburyarea.com.

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