The Chamber of Greater Springfield’s annual Business EXPO on Wednesday, April 10, will be offered as its own event for the first time, seperate from the Chamber’s annual meeting.
In past year’s the EXPO has been combined with the Chamber’s annual meeting, which took place this year on Feb. 28.
Both events are annual highlights for the Chamber, allowing area business owners to make new contacts and to recognize business owners who have made significant contributions to the community.
Chris Schutte, Vice President of Destination Marketing and Communications for the chamber, said one of the reasons for the seperation is to allow guests the opportunity to see more vendors.
“We have always surveyed event goers in past years in order to find out what people like and don’t like,” Schutte said. “Some things that we kept getting were that people wanted the EXPO to last longer and be a little later into the year because of weather.”
The event will feature 35 Chamber member exhibitors and is free and open to the public.
The EXPO will also feature giveaways and drawings including a chance to win one of two Speedway gift cards valued at $200 and $300.
This year’s event will also offer speakers for the first time, Dr. Tanya Menon of the Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and Bridget Flaherty of LORE Culture.
Meon will discuss “Communications to Move People,” at 2 p.m. while Flaherty will follow at 3:30 p.m. to talk about “How Stories and Storytelling Impact Business.”
“I’m excited about these speakers, these are both TED talk level speakers and it will be interesting to see how people react,” Schutte said. “These are high level speakers that we are offering to the public for free, and we are excited about that.”
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