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

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September 15, 2010 --

For Immediate Release Contact: Erica Backus
September 15, 2010 Phone: 912.644.6405

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 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. and 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 a.m. What’s Your New Normal?
Presented by Lynn Vos, Area Director, University of Georgia Small Business Development Center.

11 a.m. Search Engine Marketing – Secrets to Online Success
Presented by Joe Ippolito, President, River Horse Internet Marketing Melaver, Inc.

Noon Social Media Innovation
Presented by Erica Backus, Director of Public Relations, Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce and Visit Savannah.

1 p.m. How to Set-Up a Facebook Page For Your Business
Presented by Cathy Rogers, Owner, Seven Ways Marketing.

2 p.m. TBA

3 p.m. Going Virtual – Using the Internet to Keep Your Business Connected
Presented by Hannah Byrne, Partner and Chief Creative Officer, Smack Dab Studios.

4 p.m. Back to Basics - Networking Tips for Newbies and Seasoned Professionals
Presented by Jay Kelly, Owner, Bella Consulting Solutions.

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, 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 businesses interested in participating in the 2010 Expo, please contact Susan Smith at 912.644.6498 or for rates and information. 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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