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Make Connections at the 17th Annual Business Expo and Car Show on September 23!

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By: Melissa Yao

September 22, 2010 -- For Immediate Release
September 22, 2010

Make Connections at the 17th Annual Business Expo and Car Show on September 23!

On September 23, the Savannah Chamber of Commerce presents the 17th Annual Business Expo and Car Show at the Savannah Civic Center from 9:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the business public.

Get to know the businesses making news around town at the Savannah area’s largest business-to-business trade show Thursday, September 23, at the Savannah Civic Center. If you want to succeed in business, you have to have connections, and here’s your chance to make them at the Savannah Chamber of Commerce’s 17th Annual Business Expo and Car Show Sept. 23 at the Civic Center. This year’s Expo theme, “Stayin’ Alive in Today’s Economy . . . the Power of Social Networking”, is sure to hit home with all Savannah area businesses. Don’t miss out on being part of the area’s largest business-to-business trade show. Find new leads, new contacts, and new ways to succeed!

The event will feature more than 100 businesses. By attending the Expo, you will be able to browse showcased products, purchase merchandise and hear about the services of local businesses in Savannah.

Seminars begin at the top of the hour beginning at 10 a.m. with the final one at 4 p.m. They are scheduled to last 45 minutes and are free and open to the business public; however space is limited and registration in advance is recommended by contacting Susan Smith at 644-6434 or

10:00 a.m. What’s Your New Normal?
Presented Lynn Vos, Area Director, University of Georgia Small Business Development Center
Business owner’s need to ask the question, “What’s My New Normal?” That’s because our economic landscape has changed and the business owners that have survived and will continue to survive have truly changed the way they do business. Learn what small business owners need to assess as they adapt to the changing environment.

11:00 a.m. Search Engine Marketing – Secrets to Online Success
Presented by Joe Ippolito, Owner, River Horse Internet Marketing
Online marketing is all about conversions. Traffic is great, but conversions (new leads, new sales, etc.) should be your focus. Come learn about measuring your online success!

12 noon Social Media Innovation
Presented by Erica Backus, Director of Public Relations, Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce and Visit Savannah
Visit Savannah: Social Media – How can you really use it and can you attain brand consistency? Listed as one of the top 15 destinations using social media in the travel market (with over 25,000 very active fans on Facebook alone), Savannah is leading the pack in terms of social media innovation. What and better yet HOW are they doing it? How much effort does it take? What are the results you can expect to see if social media is utilized effectively?

1:00 p.m. How to Set-Up a Facebook Page For Your Business
Presented by Cathy Rogers, Owner, Seven Ways Marketing.
Tips and Tricks for Enhancing Your Brand Learn how to display graphics, videos, and important basics for making your business “likeable” on Facebook.

2:00 p.m. How To Write Press Releases That Get Published
Presented by Anita Hagin, Assistant Managing Editor, Savannah Morning News/
The staff behind Business in Savannah (BiS) will teach how to write an effective press release for your business. Learn tips from the pros.

3:00 p.m. Going Virtual – Using the Internet to Keep Your Business Connected
Presented by Hannah Byrne, Partner and Chief Creative Officer, Smack Dab Studios
Cost effective ways business owners can use technology to build their business even when there are not in the office

4:00 p.m. Back to Basics, Networking Tips for Newbies and Seasoned Professionals
Presented by Jay Kelly, Owner, Bella Consulting Solutions.
Networking is often the first step along that path. Come to this interactive seminar and learn: What happens before you say hello, How to make a great first and lasting impression, How to turn that “chance meeting” into a great relationship

The Chamber Business Connection will take place from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. as the closing event of the Expo. This is one of the Chamber’s most popular networking events, featuring complimentary food samples, courtesy of Savannah area member restaurants and caterers. There will be a cash bar. Participating restaurants and caterers are: Belford’s Savannah Seafood & Steaks, Bonna Bella Yacht Club, Cape Creations Catering, Club Stewart/Hunter Club, Garibaldi’s, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Leopold’s Ice Cream, The Olde Pink House, Shane’s Rib Shack, Sonic Drive-In, Sticky Fingers Smokehouse.

The Expo is presented by Ashley’s Digital Business Solutions, AT&T the Real Yellow Pages, Birch Communications, the City of Savannah, Classic Party Rentals, Savannah Morning News and WTOC-TV, and the Car Show and Business Connection is sponsored by the Luxury Auto Group at the New River Auto Mall.

For general information and a complete schedule of events about the Expo, visit

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The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce is a business organization managed by a volunteer board of directors. The Chamber encompasses Visit Savannah, Ambassadors Council, the CEO Council, Communities in Schools, Drug-Free Workplace, Greater Savannah Sports Council, Governmental Affairs Council, Leadership Savannah, Legends of Golf, Manufacturers and Distributors Council, Military Affairs Council, Owner’s Council, Savannah Compact Education Council, Small Business Council,Trustees Council, and Tybee Island Tourism Council.

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