The Howard County Chamber of Commerce said it is expecting more than 1,500 people on Tuesday to tour its third annual Howard County Expo and Forum, which will include exhibits from more than 75 local businesses.
The theme of the expo this year is "Linking High Technology and Business," although the exhibits will include some displays that are "a bit not so high tech," said Therese M. Reymann, director of communications.
In addition to the numerous exhibits, the expo will offer more than a dozen workshops on topics ranging from "Dynamic Sales Presentations" to "Unix Minicomputers, PC Workstations and LAN's."
Reymann said there are three tracks for the workshops and informational sessions -- administrative and management sessions; sales and marketing; and computers and technology.
In years past, the expo, which has been in the works since May, attracted between 500 to 800 people, Reymann said.
Admission for full participants, who want to attend the program all day and tour the exhibits, is $95 for chamber members and $110 for non-members.
For those who just want to tour the exhibits, tickets are $5 at the door and free if picked up in advance at the chamber office at 5565 Sterrett Place, Suite 105, Columbia.
Reymann said the chamber had sold about 30 to 40 tickets to the workshops to date and hopes to sell at least four times that many by the day of the conference. Most of the people who attend the expo browse the exhibits only, she said.
The expo will take place at Turf Valley Country Club, off Route 40 in Ellicott City, from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The exhibits open at 9:30 a.m., but workshop participants must register between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m.
Keynote speeches will be given during breakfast by Gov. William Donald Schaefer, Howard County Executive M. Elizabeth Bobo and Barrie G.
Christman, president of Mellon Bank. The luncheon speaker will be Dr. E.C.
van Reuth, international technology consultant.