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2012 Business Expo and Awards Banquet set for October 25

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By: Calli Arnold

September 24, 2012 SAVANNAH, GA -- The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce and the Savannah Morning News are partnering to host the 2012 Business Expo and Awards Banquet Thursday, October 25 at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center.

People do business with people they know, and the new 2012 Business Expo and Awards Banquet is one of the best opportunities of the year to meet local businesses face-to-face to learn about their products or services. Exhibitors and attendees alike will benefit from directly engaging with potential customers, clients and partners. The Business Expo will last from noon to 5 p.m. and will include top-notch, informative trainings scheduled throughout the day.

Speakers for these educational presentations are Peter Yesawich, of MMGY Global, and LeRoy Maughan, of FranklinCovey. Yesawich is highly respected in the tourism and travel industries as one of the premier experts on the habits and preferences of American travelers, and he has appeared on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, BBC World and National Public Radio. Maughan consults with top corporations, small businesses, the U.S. military, auto makers and more about how to foster an environment that maximizes creative thinking and productivity.

Booth space is available for exhibitors. Minimum exhibitor benefits include:

• Training from Peter Yesawich of MMGY Global and LeRoy Maughan of FranklinCovey
• An extended half-day expo
• Complimentary tickets for current and/or potential clients
• Attendance at the Annual Awards Dinner & Banquet
From 5 – 7 p.m., the Business Expo exhibits will remain open for networking and a cocktail hour reception. There will be no admission fee for this reception, however, a cash bar will be available.

A seated dinner will follow at 7 p.m., where the Annual Business Awards will be presented. Awards include:

• Small Business of the Year
• Entrepreneur of the Year
• The Helen V. Head Award
• Hospitality Award
• Global Strategy Award
We will also be incorporating our Annual Manufacturer’s Awards into this event, instead of having the traditional Manufacturer’s Awards Breakfast. The following Manufacturing Awards will be given:

• Environmental Excellence
• Manufacturer’s Safety
• The Gulfstream Manufacturer Community Involvement Award
Nominations for each of these awards are being accepted until Friday, October 5, and award winners will be featured in a vignette presented at the Awards Dinner and Banquet, compliments of WSAV.

Tickets for entry into the expo and the education portion from noon to 5 p.m. are $5 for Chamber members and $10 for non-members. There is no charge for entry into the 5 – 7 p.m. networking reception. Admission to the Annual Awards Banquet and Dinner is $40 per person or $400 for a table of 10. Reservations for the Awards Banquet and Dinner are necessary.

To register as an exhibitor or to nominate a member for an award, visit For partnership opportunities and a complete event run down please contact, Small Business & Events Manager, Cally D’Angelo at 912.644.6459 or or visit

Thank you to our sponsors: Principal – Georgia Power Company, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, Wells Fargo, the World Trade Center Savannah and WSAV; Supporting: The Chatham Commerce Club, Express Employment Professionals, Gas South and Stage Front Presentation Systems.

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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.

Phone: 912.644.6429

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