Frederick County Chamber of Commerce to Present Expo 2009

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The Frederick County Chamber of Commerce will present Business EXPO 2009, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29th. The public is invited to attend the free event at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center, at Routes 85 and 355 in Frederick.

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Now more than ever, the Frederick County business community understands the importance of doing business locally. The EXPO is always a fantastic way for local professionals to recharge their networks.

The Frederick County Chamber of Commerce will present Business EXPO 2009, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29th. The public is invited to attend the free event at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center, at Routes 85 and 355 in Frederick.

EXPO 2009 features interactive exhibits from over 70 Frederick-area companies. This year’s EXPO also includes informative seminars throughout the day and many opportunities for networking, including a Tweetup from 9 to 11 a.m. Back by popular demand, “Taste of the EXPO” will spotlight delicious samples from local restaurants and caterers from 9 to 11 a.m. and 12 to 2 p.m.

The EXPO is free and open to the public. Advance registration is not required, but those who sign up at http://www.frederickchamber.org will receive updated event information and be automatically entered in prize drawings. Guests are encouraged to bring plenty of business cards to exchange with new contacts. Additional tips for attendees are available at http://bit.ly/expo2009reg.

Frederick County is home to thousands of diverse, successful, and innovative companies, and this regional showcase offers an interactive experience beyond a typical business networking event. Exhibitors will offer samples, demonstrations, and prize drawings.

“We’re thrilled with the response to this year’s EXPO,” says Ric Adams, Chamber President & CEO. “Now more than ever, the Frederick County business community understands the importance of doing business locally. The EXPO is always a fantastic way for local professionals to recharge their networks.”

Exhibits will be of interest to business professionals, consumers, families … Anyone who wishes to find local suppliers, service providers, clients, and career opportunities. EXPO 2009 is the Chamber’s biggest public event of the year, and provides opportunities to meet new people, make new connections, and learn more about Frederick County’s vibrant business community.

Schedule of events:
9 a.m. -- Exhibits open with a ribbon cutting ceremony in the lobby
9 to 11 a.m. -- Tweetup in the Courtyard; Taste of the EXPO
9:30, 10:30, 11:30 a.m. -- Seminars in Conference Rooms A & B
12 noon to 2 p.m. -- Taste of the EXPO
12:30 & 1:30 p.m. -- Seminars in Conference Rooms A & B
2:30 p.m. -- Awards & closing remarks in the Courtyard
3 p.m. -- Exhibits Close

Exhibitors

930 WFMD / 99.9 WFRE - Clear Channel
AFLAC - Plue
Bar-T Mountainside Challenge
BB&T Bank
BNI
Broadview Security
Business Management Company, Inc.
CBIZ Financial Solutions
City of Frederick Dept. of Economic Development
Connie Phillips Insurance & Financial
Conquest Web Design
Corp OHS
Corporate Exposure
Document Management Solutions
East Frederick Self Storage
Eduro Networks, LLC
e-End
Fastsigns
First United Bank & Trust
FITCI
Frederick Basket Company
Frederick County Bank
Frederick County Chamber of Commerce
Frederick County Office of Economic Development
Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley, Inc
HarVest Bank of Maryland
Holiday Inn and Conference Center
Hood College
Imagination Center
JK Moving & Storage
Kahley Marketing & Events
Kaplan University - Frederick Campus
Keeney & Basford Funeral Home
Klinger & Associates
Little Sparkie Electric, LLC
Majestic Wood Floors
Mary Kate McKenna Photography LLC
Maryland School for the Deaf Foundation
Matan Companies
McLean Koehler Sparks & Hammond
Mid Atlantic Clinic of Chiropractic
Morgan-Keller
Mount St Mary's University
Nassau Broadcasting - Key 103
National Museum of Civil War Medicine
NewTeQ Computer Services
Out of the Mud Multimedia
PNC Bank
SAIC-Frederick, Inc.
Sandy Spring Bank
Signs By Tomorrow
Smart Company Magazine
Specialized Engineering
Spring Ridge Chiropractic
SriSai Biopharmaceutical Solutions
Support Unlimited, Inc.
TelData Communications
The Frederick News-Post
The Gazette
The Gettysburg Hotel, Est. 1797
The Plamondon Companies
The Spine Center
ThorpeWood, Inc.
TM Design
TransIT Services of Frederick County
Verizon Wireless
Woodsboro Bank
YMCA of Frederick County

Seminars

Conference Room A – This special series, sponsored by Sandy Spring Bank, will help your business find success, regardless of the state of the economy.

9:30 a.m. -- “Establishing a relationship with your Commercial Lender”
Cindy Palmer, Sandy Spring Bank

10:30 a.m. -- “Commuting Solutions that save money, time, and the environment”
Justin Schor, Frederick County TransIt & UrbanTrans

11:30 a.m. -- “Are you ready for the future?”
Philip Fish & Vicky Gillespie, Sandy Spring Bank

12:30 p.m. -- “Mortgages”
Steve Fennington & Hugh Gordon, Sandy Spring Bank

1:30 p.m. -- “Investment strategies in a recession”
Chesapeake Financial Group

Conference Room B – Chamber member share their expertise to help other local businesses succeed

9:30 a.m. -- “How broadband enables your business”
Ken Ober, Eduro Networks

10:30 a.m. -- “Inspired leadership: The key to success”
George Wunderlich, National Museum of Civil War Medicine

11:30 a.m. -- “Workplace Wellness & Healthcare Reform”
Catherine Mock, Performance Rx

12:30 p.m. -- “Event & meeting planning on a shoestring”
Deborah Kahley, Kahley Marketing & Events

1:30 p.m. -- “Impress the press”
Kate Rader, Smart Company Magazine

Tweetup

Frederick is well-represented on Twitter, with hundreds of local users that include many Chamber member business owners and professionals. Conversations on Twitter often lead to offline meetings and productive partnerships. Tweetups are events that are organized online, but offer an opportunity for local Twitter users to meet each other and build relationships “in real life.”

This year’s EXPO features a very special Frederick Tweetup, sponsored by Beth Schillaci at VillageWorks Communications. Guests are invited to the Cakes for Cause booth in the Courtyard from 9 to 11 a.m. for networking, even if they don’t already use Twitter. Tweetup registration, and a list of local Twitter users who plan to attend, is available online: http://twtvite.com/e7i260

Urbandictionary.com defines a Tweetup as an organized or impromptu gathering of people who use Twitter. (A meet up of people that 'tweet' using Twitter.) For example: Are you going to the tweetup?

For more information about this and other Chamber programs, call the member information desk at 301-662-4164 or visit frederickchamber.org.

The Frederick County Chamber of Commerce connects business and community through leadership, advocacy, and education. The Frederick Chamber was the first chartered member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2012.

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