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Small Business Expo Helps to Start or Grow Businesses

Small Business Expo Helps to Start or Grow BusinessesAre you planning to start or grow your business? The Small Business Expo is just the resource you need!

Yulee, FL – The Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce is creating a dynamic line-up of informational seminars, presentations and panel discussions for our first Small Business Expo on Saturday, May 18, 2013.

Designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs start a small business as well as assist those who already own a small business to grow their company, the expo will be 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 18, at the FSCJ Betty P. Cook Center, 76346 William Burgess Blvd. in Yulee.

Admission is free, and the event is sponsored by CBC National Bank, the Fernandina Beach News Leader, the Nassau County Record and the Hampton Inn & Suites Amelia Island Historic Harborfront Hotel.

There will be two educational tracks: one for people looking to start a new business and the second for those looking to improve or expand an existing business.

The keynote speaker is Rick Bisio, author of “The Educated Franchisee,” who will speak at 10 a.m. on “Entrepreneurship through Franchising.”

One of the most respected franchise consultants in the U.S., Bisio has guided thousands of people to great business decisions regarding business ownership and franchising. He has owned both franchised and non-franchised businesses, and he has bought, sold and invested in businesses and worked as an advisor to others seeking to do the same.

Programs are subject to change, but expected topics for starting a new business include advice on deciding what legal structure is right for your new business, tax planning and reporting, and a panel discussion of financing options available to aspiring business owners.

Expected topics for growing a business include a presentation at 8:30 a.m. on social media and your business by Jason Mudd, AXIA Public Relations, financial management, how to start planning for when you’re ready to retire from running your small business, and using email marketing to grow your business.

The expo will feature booths where entrepreneurs and business owners can connect with local businesses that provide products and services their company needs, whether they’re just starting out or looking to take an existing business to the next level.

Some exhibitor space remains. Contact Chamber President Regina Duncan at (904) 261-3248 or regina@aifby.com for more information.

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