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Kathy Hambly holds a pamphlet showcasing the events held at the Biz2Biz Expo, which will be held on Oct. 24.
Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce Biz2Biz Expo begins Thursday
For Prince Edward Island entrepreneurs, the Biz2Biz Expo is the business event to attend.
Held at the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown (formerly the Charlottetown Civic Centre), the expo will give eager entrepreneurs an opportunity to learn and develop new and unique business models, to make new contacts and reconnect with existing customers.
The large trade show is expected to feature over 80 exhibitors and 1,500 visitors.
“It’s a true business-to-business trade show where we help our members present their services and products in a professional trade show setting,” said Kathy Hambly, executive director of the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce
The expo will introduce several guest speakers providing tips on networking, technology and social media use in business. The keynote presentation will be by Sean Durfy, CEO of Durfco and former president and CEO of WestJet. His presentation, “From the Trenches”, will take an inspirational look at
entrepreneurship, leadership and creating an exceptional organizational culture.
“We want to be really interactive and have a great day of networking and business for all of our exhibitors,” Hambly said.
With hopes of a revival of rural P.E.I. and the recent Georgetown Conference playing a pivotal role in its discussion, Island businesses may be expected to help find a solution.
“I never thought about our Biz2Biz Expo in that regard, but what I encourage is reaching out to our sister chambers across the Island.”
The event will consist of businesses from across the Island promoting their services. Some businesses will be new, while others will be established, looking to reconnect with their clientele.
The expo also designates a section called Entrepreneurs Alley to new businesspeople who want to get some exposure for their ideas.
“It is a great chance for anyone who is looking to start a business to go out and make some great connections and learn a lot.”
Ultimately the goal of a show like this is to support, grow and generate Island businesses, Hambly said.
The Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce will kick off the 8th annual Biz2Biz Expo co-sponsored by Corkum & Arsenault and Stewart McKelvey on Oct. 24 from noon to 6 p.m.