By LINCOLN DAVIDSON
Area businesses will gather Friday at the Davidson College Belk Arena for a “show and tell” of what they have to offer. The Lake Norman Chamber Business Expo, the largest business trade show in the area, will feature more than 170 local business and is expected to attract more than 2,000 people.
“[The] business expo is designed for businesses to tell their unique stories and showcase their business,” Bill Russell, president of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, said in a post on his blog this week. “Please come out and see business at its best and support the lake’s retail and service businesses.”
Friday’s business expo includes two free seminars by Chamber of Commerce members on “How to proactively avoid computer downtime and zombies” and “Presenting with confidence.” Seating is limited to the first thirty people to arrive.
The business expo will be held Friday, March 8, from 11am to 5 pm at the Davidson College Belk Arena, 200 Baker Drive, Davidson. The event is free and open to the public.
Heinz and Erica Boss with The Coffee Boss will provide free coffee to exhibitors as they set up and to expo guests throughout the day. Box lunches, for $8 per person will be available fro 11 am to 2:30pm from Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails, the HoneyBaked Ham Co. & Café, and Fox & Hound – Birkdale. The menu is on lakenormanchamber.org.
At 11:30am James Sanders with Shared Resources will present a seminar entitled “How to Proactively Avoid Computer Downtime and Zombies.” Sanders is President and Founder of Cornelius computer consulting firm Shared Resources. James is a veteran of the United States Air Force and has a Master of Business Administration in Information Technology Management from Western Governors University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in computer studies from the University of Maryland, European Division. In 2008, Microsoft certified his skills in designing, deploying, and managing a network solution for small and medium-sized businesses.
The second seminar, entitled “Presenting with confidence!” takes place from 1-1:30pm. Whether you are making a sales presentation or speaking in front of large audience you can develop the skills to present with polish. This program is facilitated by Jessica Keys with Toastmasters and Lynn Marshall with Petra Engineering. Keys is an active member of the Lake Norman Toastmasters organization. Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Lynn Marshall is the Vice President of Communication for Petra Engineering LLC. Marshall delivered motivational programs to high school and college students from 2000-2009 with Monster as a Making it Count Speaker.
Both seminars are in the Davidson College Wildcat Alumni Room in the Baker Arena. Seating is limited to the first 30 attendees. There is no charge to attend.
For more information about the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, the sponsors and exhibitors participating, directions to the Belk Arena, visit the Chamber’s website at www.lakenormanchamber.org.