Friday, September 26


12 p.m. 3 p.m. Exhibitor Set-up

4 p.m.- 7 p.m. Exhibits Open for Business to Business (Business ID required; e.g. card, letterhead etc.)

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Awards/Social Reception at the Eagles Hall sponsored by Fraternal Order of Eagles (Name Badges required for admittance)

Saturday, September 27


7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Reception in the cafeteria for booth participants sponsored by Calpine Rumford Power

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Exhibits Open to Public (No Charge Free admission)

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Kid’s Extravaganza & Child Identification Video Program

4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Exhibit tear down

Seminar Schedule:

All seminars are Free to attendees courtesy of the presenters, SCORE and the EXPO Committee.

Friday 5p.m.-6p.m. “Identifying Your Target Market”

Presented by: Bob Kasputes a Certified Business Counselor for Maine Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at AVCOG

Who Should Attend: Business owners or prospective business owners wishing to: Find and Capture their Target Market, Maximize Marketing $$$$

What You Will Learn: Marketing Basics Advertising Strategies

How and where to conduct effective Market Research

Saturday 10a.m. 11a.m. “Business Basics 101 Resources Available for Small Business”

Presented by: Bonnie Erickson Economic Development Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Who Should Attend: Small Business Owners or New Businesses Starting Up

What You Will Learn: Information about SBA’s toolbox and Empowering America’s Entrepreneurs. There will be various handouts to assist small business owners/start ups. Q & A will follow if time allows.

11a.m. – noon “Website Needs Assessment The Things You Need to Know and Tools You Need to Use to Have a Business Website”

Presented by: Marita Fairfield Women’s Business Counselor, Telecommunications Women’s Business Center at Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI)

Who Should Attend: Any business wishing to improve their existing website or start up a new website.

What You Will Learn: The ins & outs of setting up and utilizing a website and what works. Handouts will be provided

1 p.m. 2 p.m. “River Valley Technology Center Business Incubation What it is and what it isn’t”

Presented by: Norman MacIntyre, River Valley Technology Center Director

Who Should Attend: Anyone interested in business incubation and how it works and any business associated with Precision Manufacturing.

What You Will Learn: How a business incubator works, what the benefits are and is it for you.

2-3 p.m. “E Commerce is not EZ Commerce”

Presented by: Marita Fairfield Women’s Business Counselor, Telecommunications, Women’s Business Center at Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI)

Who Should Attend: Anyone wishing to gain information about online-business and how E- Commerce really works.

What You Will Learn: How E-Commerce works and tips and tools that have been tried and proven.


Living Well in the River Valley – Interactive displays organized by the River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition

Art/Photography Exhibit Featuring local artisans displaying their work

Kids Extravaganza – Activities for children organized by Maureen’s Preschool

Sign your child in and be able to browse the exhibits at your leisure knowing your children will be having fun. The 20th Masonic District Officers Assoc. Child Identification Program (CHIPS) will offer a free Child Identification program.

Community Service Exhibits – Local non-profit and service organizations

Home Based Businesses – Anything from Pampered Chef, Avon, Mary-Kay, Longaberger etc.

Tastes of the River Valley – Local restaurants and food services serving up their menu choices in the cafeteria

Also displaying will be Life Flight, DARE, Rumford Fire Department and Rumford Police Department in addition to entertainment and demonstrations throughout the day.

2003 Grand Prize

You could win a three-day bus tour to New York and $500 cash one entry per person available at the Chamber/Growth Council booth.

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