It’s been said that, in business, who you know can be as important as what you know. Nowhere is that truer than in ultra-social Savannah, where deals are as likely to be finalized on the golf course or over dinner as they are around the corporate conference table.
And that is what makes the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Business Expo and Awards Banquet on Oct. 25 the perfect venue for businesses to see and be seen.
This year, the chamber has partnered with the Savannah Morning News to present a feature-packed noon-into-evening event at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center designed to give businesses an opportunity to showcase their products and services.
“People do business with people they know, and the 2012 Business Expo and Awards Banquet is a great chance to meet local businesses of all sizes and industries face-to-face and directly engage them about their product or service,” said Bill Hubbard, chamber president and CEO.
This year, the Business Expo will run from noon until 5 p.m. and will include training sessions scheduled throughout the day. Speakers for the training sessions will be Peter Yesawich of MMGY Global and LeRoy Maughan of Franklin Covey.
“We’ve incorporated these high-caliber speakers this year to complement the expo so that our exhibitors and attendees have the opportunity to enhance their professional skills, better reach their customers and ultimately improve their businesses,” Hubbard said.
The expo exhibits will remain open from 5-7 p.m. for a networking reception with a cash bar.
A seated dinner will follow at 7 p.m., where the annual business awards will be presented. Awards will include Small Business of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, the Helen V. Head Award, Hospitality Award and the Global Strategy Award.
This year, the annual Manufacturer’s Awards will be part of the evening, a departure from the traditional awards breakfast. Awards will include Environmental Excellence, Manufacturing Safety and the Gulfstream Manufacturer Community Involvement Award.
“Based on requests from our members, we decided to broaden this year’s Business Expo and Awards Banquet to include each of our major business sectors — small business, hospitality, manufacturing — so that we can recognize how these work together to drive our economy and let them interact with each other and our wider membership,” Hubbard said.
IF YOU GO
2012 Business Expo and Awards Banquet
Oct. 25 at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center
Ballrooms A, B and C
9 a.m. to noon – Exhibitor set-up and registration, cost $395-$750
Noon to 5 p.m. – Expo and training sessions, $5 chamber members, $10 others
5-7 p.m. – networking reception with cash bar, free
7 p.m. – Dinner and awards, $40 per person, $400 for table of 10, reservations required
Contact – Cally D’Angelo, CDAngelo@SavannahChamber.com, 912-644-6459
WHEN YOU GO
Event: 2012 Business Expo & Awards Banquet, presented by the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce and the Savannah Morning News
Date: Thursday, Oct. 25
Where: Savannah International Trade & Convention Center – Ballrooms A, B & C
Parking: Free parking will be provided
Cost: Expo & Education — $5 for Chamber members, $10 for non-members; Annual Awards Dinner & Banquet — $40 each or $400 per table
Contact: Cally D’Angelo, Small Business & Events Manager, at 912-644-6459 or CDAngelo@SavannahChamber.com
Principal sponsors are Georgia Power, Gulfstream Aerospace, the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, Wells Fargo, World Trade Center Savannah and WSAV. Supporting sponsors include the Chatham Commerce Club, Express Employment Professionals, Gas South and Stage Front Presentation Systems.