Connecticut Business Expo Announces 2009 Show Highlights Featuring Powerful Speakers, Educational Seminars and the Business Champions Award Breakfast

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Free Admission - Learn, Meet, Grow & Prosper as the Hartford Business Journal presents the 2009 Connecticut Business Expo. The expo will feature hundreds of exhibitors, free educational seminars, must-attend networking events and resources for businesses across the State. The 9th annual business expo will run 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday, June 4, 2009 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

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Free Admission - Learn, Meet, Grow & Prosper as the Hartford Business Journal presents the 2009 Connecticut Business Expo. The expo will feature hundreds of exhibitors, free educational seminars, must-attend networking events and resources for businesses across the State. The 9th annual business expo will run 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday, June 4, 2009 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

"The Expo is an extremely beneficial event for business organizations throughout the State of Connecticut," said Gail Lebert, publisher, Hartford Business Journal. "Especially during these trying economic times, it is more important than ever for companies to meet face-to-face with potential new connections, and existing customers and partners."

The CT Business Expo offers several ways to meet and network with other business professionals. The Business Champions Award Breakfast, produced in partnership with the MetroHartford Alliance and the Hartford Business Journal, kicks off the day from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. The breakfast will recognize privately held businesses in the region that have experienced significant achievements in one or all four of the following categories: revenue; innovation; workforce development; and sustainability for 2008 over 2007. Attendees can also visit Connecticut's Business Connection Center, a one-stop-shop traveling resource center for business development featuring free access to city, state and federal agencies.

New and improved features of the expo this year include a redesigned floor plan to maintain traffic, and over 24 free educational business seminars throughout the day. In addition, the Show Floor Theater will feature new and exciting small business authors, sharing strategies for small business success, cost effective promotion ideas, how to increase leads and sales as well as tips on successful networking. The Comcast Internet Café is also a staple feature returning this year allowing busy attendees to network and check their e-mail in a central location on the show floor.

With the ceremonial ribbon cutting opening the expo at 9:00 a.m., the show floor will buzz as approximately 5,000 attendees tour 200+ business exhibits and participate in their choice of 24 free educational seminars covering sales, marketing, business growth strategies, best practices and technology.

Admission to the CT Business Expo is free and open the public. Attendees can pre-register at http://www.ctbexpo.com or at the door. Online pre-registrants can reserve their seats in educational seminars and will not have to wait in line the day of the show. To exhibit, sponsor or attend the 2009 Connecticut Business Expo visit http://www.ctbexpo.com. For more information on the Business Champions Breakfast, or to submit a nomination, visit http://www.metrohartford.com. Winners will be featured in a special award supplement in the Hartford Business Journal and honored at the breakfast event the day of the expo. The nomination deadline is April 27.

The 2009 Connecticut Business Expo is sponsored by: Comcast (presenting sponsor), NBC 30, Pro Systems, Advanced Copy Technologies, Cox Business Services, DATTCO and the Small Business Development Center.

About Hartford Business Journal
Hartford Business Journal is the only audited weekly, subscription-based business publication in Connecticut. Whether it's market trends, the latest merger news or an update on state government, this award-winning weekly is the "must read" for area business leaders. Hartford Business Journal has a total readership of 25,000 affluent and educated business decision makers in the 61 towns that make up Metro Hartford. For more information, please visit http://www.hartfordbusiness.com or call 860.236.9998.

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Kate Ottavio
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860.658.5700

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