After a three-year absence, the Harvey County Biz Expo is back. The day-long small-business energizer is coming to Newton Thursday, Feb. 28, this time at the new Meridian Center.
And Marion County businesses are invited to participate.
Billed as “south central Kansas’s premiere business-to-business event,” the intent of the Biz Expo is to bring business owners, managers and team members together to receive the tools they need to make their enterprise survive and prosper in a challenging economy.
Free to participants, the Biz Expo is supported by the Newton Chamber of Commerce and underwritten by the Meridian Center and the Buyer’s Edge of South Central Kansas.
The investment of time—whether for half a day or the entire day—is a bargain, too, according Bruce Behymer, event coordinator.
“Business people, or anyone else, should attend because they will walk away more knowledgeable than when they came in,” Behymer said. “And when they apply that knowledge to increase their profit, then their investment of time just paid major dividends.
“Anytime you’re offered a free education, whether it’s for one day or one hour, take it.”
The event, open to businesses from Harvey, McPherson and Marion counties, features a schedule that includes two input sessions with a national business consultant, breakout sessions focusing on effectively communicating in today’s digital environment, and a trade show where area businesses can exhibit their products and services.
“You will meet businesses from all over the area that need your services,” Behymer said. “And you will meet businesses from the area that can provide services you need to capture your piece of the market.”
The two general input sessions will feature Tim Smith, president of Tim Smith Consulting, a management and workplace training organization located in Allentown, Pa. Smith’s clients have ranged from the executive office of former President Clinton to New Balance Footwear and The Home Depot.
Smith was the featured speaker at the 2010 Biz Expo, but his message in 2013 will have a different focus.
“It’s a dramatically different world now as compared to when Tim Smith was here in 2010—and he’s going to address that,” Behymer said. “He’s going to give attendees tools for survival. And right now, that’s huge.”
Behymer said Smith is entertaining as well as knowledgeable.
“If you’ve seen Tim Smith present, you know you’re in for a treat,” he said. “Along with having a wealth of information, he’s also fun, energetic and motivating. It’s never a dull moment with him.”
Behymer said he’s excited about the three topics being offered during the breakout sessions offered this year.
“One of our presenters will be discussing the advantages of a multigenerational workforce and why it’s good for business and can actually maximize profits,” Behymer said. “Other sessions will include technology in the workforce and social media.”
Behymer said is pleased the Biz Expo will be hosted by the Meridian Center, the new 15,000-square-foot conference facility located at the crossroads of I-135 and U.S. Highway 50.
“Along with being conveniently located, the Meridian Center is large enough to provide ample booth space for exhibitors and sponsors,” he said.
With no registration fee, Behymer is hoping the Biz Expo will attract not only business owners and managers, but also their team members.
Lunch will be provided for a reasonable fee.
Businesses also can participate as an exhibitor and an event sponsor. Promotional packages are offered at three levels of sponsorship: gold, silver and bronze.
“By supporting the Biz Expo, sponsors clearly demonstrate their awareness of the importance of business growth in our community and in our area,” Schwartenberger said. “It is essential for our economic vitality.”
Behymer said the simplest way to sign up for the Biz Expo as a participant, exhibitor or sponsor is via the event website: bizexpo.buyersedgeks.com.
For more information, Behymer can be reached at 316-617-1905 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.