EXPO 18, WHERE COMMERCE, COLLABORATION & CONNECTIONS BRING COMMUNITY
North Conway, NH – The Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce is poised to offer EXPO 18, with even more opportunities for collaboration, partnerships, and education on Tuesday, May 22 at the North Conway Community Center, from noon – 5:00pm. This one-day event is packed with networking and educational opportunities for businesses from large to small. Companies from fields of information technology, energy, recreation, insurance, media, wellness suppliers and more will be on hand under one roof to showcase their products and services. EXPO 18 offers an opportunity to learn about new innovations, network with colleagues, launch potential partnerships and relationships between Valley businesses, plus learn from experts. Cap off the day with music, food and The Conway Daily Sun’s “Best of the Valley” Awardsat 5:00pm right next door at the North Conway Country Club. All the EXPO 18 components are free and open to the public. There’s something for everyone from students to seniors, and no matter what your interests are, those attending will leave EXPO 18 with new relationships, and having learned one or more new thought-provoking ideas.
EXPO 18 is a “one-stop-event” to meet with more than 45 exhibitors signed up now and 50 expected at the EXPO. Expect to meet with representatives from area businesses and non-profits, attractions, education, retailers and more. In addition to the networking opportunities, there are seminars focused on solving labor issues. In addition, New Hampshire Electric Co-op will offer electrical vehicles on display, and you’ll find out what in the world Knockerball is and learn how to combine it with Archery Tag for an offsite event. Best of all, this event is free to the public and all are encouraged to attend.
Janice Crawford, Executive Director for the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, shared her insight when asked about the annual Expo event. “More often than not folks tell us that the most important benefit of the chamber is the opportunity for networking. In my 20 years of working at the chamber, I can personally attest to the sales, long term partnerships and relationships that have come from the face to face opportunities that the chamber’s EXPO provides,” she said with a smile.
Highlights of what’s in store for EXPO 18
Two workshops focused on solving labor issues for businesses throughout New Hampshire’s North Country will be presented at the North Conway Community Center, starting at 2:00pm.
Strategies for Solving Labor Issues – Part I, 2:00 – 3:00pm
Our economic vitality is threatened daily with the exportation of skilled labor, the potential end of DACA, a ban on travel, visa approval or disapproval, the I-9 process, ICE and other unforeseen impacts. It is crucial that we take a long-term educated approach to filling our employee vacancies with a limited skilled and ready workforce. John R. Wilson, Esquire, President and Partner of Goff Wilson, P.A., a global immigration law firm from Concord and Paris, will share information and insights on the issues of keeping our global employee base through immigrant and nonimmigrant programs. Wilson is co-founder of the firm, and his practice focuses exclusively on global immigration. Mr. Wilson has consistently been selected as one of the ‘Best Lawyers in America’ under the ‘Immigration Law’ category published by the National Polling Firm of Woodward-White.
Strategies for Solving Labor Issues – Part II – 3:30-4:30pm
The second part of this workshop will be a panel discussion sharing current labor trends in the valley and career opportunities that are available through apprenticeships, credentialing, certification and licensing.
Panel members include:
- Bruce DeMay, Director of the Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau at the NH Dept. of Employment Security, sharing the latest state and local trends for the economic and labor market.
- Parker Haines of BD Painting and Property Management, a young professional proving the value of entrepreneurship in meeting his goal of staying and making a life in the valley and his desire to create opportunity for other young professionals.
- Christopher Nicolopoulos, Esq., Director of the New Hampshire Association of Insurance Agents, dispelling myths on finding professional career opportunities in the valley.
- Bailey Damon, Leadership 2018 and Thrive Program, sharing a unique program developed by the 2018 Leadership class to encourage young people’s desire to stay in the valley making a good living without incurring student debt.
Seating is limited, and reservations are requested for both free workshops. Please contact Michelle Gittleson at 603-356-5701 ext. 300 or visitorservices to register.
New Hampshire Electric Co-op display of Electric Vehicles (EV)
NH Electric Co-op (NHEC) will bring electrical vehicles for attendees to sit in and learn about the benefits of an EV. Don’t miss the EV Alley, which will be at the back entrance of the North Conway Community Center, where the electrical vehicles will be on display. NHEC will also provide information about EV chargers both for Commercial business and home charging and provide information about New Hampshire’s network of EV chargers. In Northern New Hampshire alone, EV chargers have been installed at:
· Red Jacket – N. Conway (Universal and Tesla)
· Bernerhof Inn – Glenn
· Church Landing – Meredith
· Common Man – Plymouth
· Woodstock Inn – Woodstock
· Indian Head – Lincoln
· Mount Washington Observatory’s Weather Discover Center – North Conway
· Mt Washington Auto Road
· The Wentworth Inn – Jackson (Universal and Tesla)
· The North Conway Grand – North Conway
· Cranmore Inn – North Conway (Tesla only)
Northledge Technologies displays Communication Technology Solutions
Northledge Technology offers comprehensive technology solutions for businesses and homeowners. At the Expo they will provide the latest in voiceover IP phone systems and communications technologies.
STAY MWV and Leadership MWV lunches and snacks
These two organizations of young professionals will be sponsoring lunches and the snack bar to support their project Thrive MWV, a program allowing individuals to access and explore advanced career opportunities throughout the Mt. Washington Valley.
Learn about Knockerball and Archery Tag
Knockerball North Conway and Archery Tag staff, from the only turf facility in the Mt Washington Valley, will be on hand to demonstrate archery tag and provide information about their facility and how to plan an offsite event.
More than 45 exhibitors have signed on to offer information, demonstrations and more at EXPO 18. There’s still room for additional exhibitors. Simply click here to access the online exhibitor registration form.
Who’s Exhibiting At EXPO 18?
Amerigas, Chalmers Insurance Group, Cigar Shenanigans, Children Unlimited, Conway Area Humane Society. Conway Family Dental, Granite State College, Heartland Payment Systems, Hourglass Adventures, Lakes Region Coca-Cola, Memorial Hospital
Minuteman Press, Modern Woodmen of America, Mount Washington Radio Group, Mountain View Grand Resort, MWV Career and Technical Center, Leadership MWV, NH Electric Coop, NH Business Review, Northledge Technologies, Ragged Mountain Equipment, Revision Energy, LLC, Robert Frost Charter School, Starting Point, Sunbelt Business Brokers of NH, TD Bank., The Conway Daily Sun, The Country Picker, The Valley Originals, Visit New England.com, Visiting Nurse Home Care & Hospice, White Mountain Community College, White Mountain Community Health Center, White Mountain Dental, White Mountain Waldorf School, Wiseguy Creative, White Mountain Independents, Consolidated Communications, Christmas Farm Inn Spa, Knockerball North Conway, Leone, McDonnell and Roberts, SCORE, Resilience Counseling and Training Center, Granite United Way, Bartlett Historical Society and Fryeburg Academy and Vanguard Coaching.
EXPO 18 concludes with the Conway Daily Sun’s Best of Mt Washington Valley Awards winner announcements and social event at 5:00pm at the North Conway Country Club. Come congratulate winners of the “Best of the Valley” Awards along with the recipient of the Student Entrepreneur Award, which will be announce here too.
EXPO 18 is presented by the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. Premier sponsors include WMWV 93.5fm, Easy 95.3fm and Magic 104fm, and Eastern Propane and Oil. The Education Sponsors are SCORE and Chalmers Insurance Group, and Supporting Sponsors include Heartland Payment Systems, New Hampshire Electric Co-op, TD Bank, and Northledge Technologies. The lunch and snack bar are sponsored by Stay MWV and Leadership MWV. Media sponsors include Conway Daily Sun and Business NH.
This event is free to the public and all are encouraged to attend. Get to know local businesses, find resources for home and in the workplace, learn how to support good health, and solve education and business issues. To learn more about the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, go to www.MtWashingtonValley.org. To plan your next New Hampshire getaway, go to www.VisitNH.gov. For exhibitor opportunities and sponsorships, call 603-356-5701.