Chamber’s Upcoming Small Business Expo

The Small Business Expo will be a one-stop resource for getting a new business off the ground or taking an existing business to the next level

Chamber's Upcoming Small Business ExpoAmelia Island, FL – The Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce will help new businesses get started and existing businesses get bigger and better at its first Small Business Expo.

Designed to help emerging entrepreneurs start a small business as well as assist those who already own a small business to grow their company, the expo will be 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 18, in the Lewis “Red” Bean Technical Center at the FSCJ Betty P. Cook Center, 76346 William Burgess Blvd. in Yulee.

Sponsors include CBC National Bank, the News-Leader and the Nassau County Record.

The expo will bring together a wide range of resources available to local entrepreneurs looking to start, buy or grow a business, said AIFBY Chamber President Regina Duncan.

“The Small Business Expo will be a one-stop resource for getting a new business off the ground or taking an existing business to the next level,” Duncan said.

The Small Business Expo will feature speakers and panels on two informational tracks, one aimed at assisting entrepreneurs looking to start a new business and the second for mature businesses looking for tools to expand and improve operations.

Expected topics for starting a business will include franchises, financing, permitting, licenses and programs available to veterans, women and minority business owners. Topics to assist existing businesses grow are expected to include marketing, social media, expansion financing, insurance, hiring and firing employees and exit strategies for when you’re ready to retire or sell your business.

Rick Bisio

Rick Bisio

The keynote presentation will be from Rick Bisio, author of “The Educated Franchisee,” speaking 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. Bisio is a best-selling author and a regular speaker on the subject of business ownership and franchising.

Jason Mudd

Jason Mudd

Also scheduled to speak is Jason Mudd, APR, principal of The AXIA Public Relations Firm, a public relations firm specializing in national public relations and media relations campaigns. Mudd will be speaking on “Beyond the Hype: Social Media and 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. Local lenders will provide information on financial resources available to entrepreneurs, and attendees will even be able to start the loan application process on-site.

Admission to the Small Business Expo is free.

Exhibitor space is only $75 for AIFBY Chamber members; $250 for non-members. Reservations must be received by Friday, April 26. Event sponsorships, including speaking opportunities, are also available.

For more information about attending or being an exhibitor, contact the Chamber at (904) 261-3248 or info@aifby.com.

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