By Agrippina Fadel
The sixth Annual R.I.S.E Business Expo presents two key-note speakers for the networking lunch portion of the event: PuroClean President and CEO Steve White and Sam Blatt, economic development policy manager at Amazon, will share their industry experience.
The RISE Business Expo Chair Sharon Wong Hollis said it is an honor to have both men at the event.
“They represent major employers in the city. I am sure local business owners and entrepreneurs would want to hear what they have to say,” she said, adding that both companies have a significant presence in Tamarac.
Puroclean has its headquarters in Tamarac, and Amazon is getting ready to open a new fulfillment center.
Wong Hollis added that the Expo is geared towards business owners as well as the public and will have a plethora of information and resources, including business development with local governments on city and county levels, financial literacy, and growth tactics.
“RISE expo is a major networking event that is not to be missed, whether the participants already have a business or just considering opening one,” she said.
Hosted by Tamarac and North Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and Fifth Third Bank, the Expo is held on Thursday, May 5, from 1 to 6.30 p.m. at the Tamarac Community Center.
Peter Mason, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, said the annual business expo is a chance for the local companies to come together for a few hours and interact face-to-face.
“It is an occasion to find new business, hear how industries have changed over the years, lay those connections, and gather a lot of useful information,” he said, adding that great county-wide resources support the events, and the exhibits provide local businesses a chance to promote themselves.
A paid networking lunch with the keynote speakers is held from 1 to 3 p.m., followed by the free Expo with over 80 showcase exhibitor tables and breakout sessions from 1 to 6:30 p.m.
Mason said the organizers are pleased with the resources presented at the Expo, including the cities of North Lauderdale and Tamarac, Broward College, SCORE, SBDC, Urban League, and Teleperformance.
“Career Source Broward will be promoting their programs at the event. It is an amazing organization that helps people in between jobs and has a lot of programs for businesses as well,” he said, adding that the Expo will have elements of a job fair, with some partners promoting open positions.
The breakout sessions will include talks on access to funds through the SBA Loan Process and retirement fund and the procurement process of the cities of Tamarac and North Lauderdale, and Broward County.
“We want to thank the city of Tamarac for offering a facility for the expo,” said Mason, adding that the city has been an amazing help and a true partner to the organizers.
Sponsors and partners include Broward Health Coral Springs, Fifth Third Bank, City of Tamarac, Signal Restoration and PuroClean, WM, Corporate Amtrust Bank, SBDC, and Florida Medical Center.
Early bird options are available for both Expo Lunch Tickets and Showcase Booths, and guests are encouraged to register soon, as the event will have industry limitations.
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- Agrippina Fadel grew up in Siberia and received her master's in journalism from Tyumen State University. Agrippina is also a writer and editor at Draftsy.net. She has been a US resident for over ten years and speaks English and Russian.
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