Crossroads business expo is largest yet Non-profits to join in for first time COUNTYWIDE

November 04, 1992|By Adam Sachs | Adam Sachs,Staff Writer

More than 100 county businesses will exhibit their services and wares at the Crossroads '92 Business to Business Expo tomorrow at the Sieling Tech Center.

The event will be the largest of the five annual expositions the Howard County Chamber of Commerce has sponsored, said Chamber Executive Director Carol Kenney Baily.

Crossroads '92 has several purposes, said event chairwoman Donna Ange, vice president of marketing at InterPay Inc. in Columbia.

"We want to highlight the fact that Howard County is in the middle of the Washington-Baltimore corridor," she said. "This is not a bedroom community. It's a vital area for business opportunities. We have extremely capable and well-educated businesses."

The trade show also is intended to help business people make contacts and to provide a forum for education, she said.

"It's an opportunity for businesses not only to show their wares, but for others to see what's new in Howard County," Ms. Baily said. "It's a way to support existing businesses."

Tickets can be picked up for free from any business that has purchased a booth at the expo, or from the chamber office.

Tickets will cost $5 at the door the day of the event.

The featured speaker at the opening breakfast will be Julius Westheimer, a business columnist for The Sun and a radio and television commentator specializing in the stock market. He will speak about business trends for the next four years.

At 10 a.m., The Mall in Columbia will sponsor a seminar on how to conduct business successfully in Howard County. Panelists will include the county's police chief and representatives of county offices for fire prevention, purchasing, zoning, employment training, and inspections, licenses and permits.

A NetWORKS luncheon will start at 11:30 a.m., followed by a 3 p.m. seminar concerning franchising. A reception will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., sponsored by Howard County banks.

For the first time, non-profit organizations have been invited to setup booths. Several businesses are helping some non-profit agencies pay for the expenses. About 12 to 16 non-profit groups are expected to set up exhibits.

A collection center for donations of canned goods and non-perishable food for Harvest for the Hungry will be set up at the event. Donations will be sent to area food banks.

The Sieling Tech Center is off Snowden River Parkway, at Dobbin and McGaw roads in the Sieling Business Park in Owen Brown village. The event will be from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., with a breakfast at 8:15 a.m.

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