2017 Community Expo

May 23, 2017 from 11am - 4pm
North Conway Community Center, White Mountain Highway, North Conway. NH 

The Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce invites you to Expo17, an event that brings local Business Services, Information Technology, Energy, and Wellness together under one roof to showcase their products and services. If you live in the area, this is an opportunity to think about new innovations, networking opportunities, and how you can expand your business. If you are considering starting a business of your own, or relocating a business, this is an opportunity to meet face-to-face with businesses and resources that support business growth in our community.

Throughout the Valley there is an energy that promotes relationships and fosters innovation that strengthens our community as a whole. This is your one-stop-shop to meet with over 50 Exhibitors representing area businesses, attractions, and education. In addition to the networking opportunities, there are seminars and workshops throughout the event, and the Take it Easy Lounge for informal meetings and conversations.

This event is free to the public and all are encouraged to attend. Get to know your local businesses, find resources to help you at home, in the workplace, to support good health, and in furthering your education or your child’s education. 

Doors open at 11:00 AM  -  show closes at 4:00 PM

Best of the Valley Awards at 5:00 PM - Presented by the Conway Daily Sun at the North Conway Country Club
To vote for a local business or service click here 

Wellness Corner – presented by Memorial Hospital
IT Corner – presented by Northledge Technologies and Genuity
Business Services Corner - presented by Heartland Payment Systems
Energy Corner – presented by Eastern Propane

All workshops are held in the Community Room of the North Conway Community Center. Maximum attendance 40.
Call Lisa at 356-5701 ext 300 to reserve a seat 

11:00 - 11:50: Five Employee Concerns That Keep You Up at Night presented by Chris Meier of Cooper Cargill Chant
Employee vs. Independent Contractor
Misclassification Audits
Hourly vs. Salaried employees
Why do I need an employee handbook?
Labor Department Notice of Violations - What do I do now?

12:00 - 12:50: Solar 101 presented by Johanna Sorrell of Revision Energy

You’re invited to lunch and an educational presentation focused on energy efficiency! Come join ReVision Energy for an
in-depth discussion of current solar options and technology, including hot water systems, solar electricity, efficient air source heat pumps, electric vehicle charging stations, Maine-made inverters and storage options from Pika Energy and much more. Find out what makes your home a good site for solar power, how much these systems cost, and what you can expect for a return on investment. 

Revision Energy  (participants will receive a boxed lunch compliments of Revision Energy

Originally from the east coast, Jo Sorrell went west after attending college to chase powder, climb rocks, and backpack big mountains. After adventuring around the world, working as a guide, an environmental educator, and a teacher, Jo experienced the effects of climate change first-hand in wild, “untouched” places. Wanting to do something to mitigate climate change, Jo was inspired to pick up a master’s degree in environmental law and policy, where she sharpened her skill set as an advocate, educator, connector and communicator.

Before coming back to Maine, Jo was an environmental writer, served as conservation director for a feisty environmental advocacy nonprofit, worked in educational services in New York City, and made stops in between to Alaska, Vermont, California, Baffin Island, the Adirondacks, Asia, and beyond. At ReVision, Jo enables businesses to realize their renewable energy potential through solar design and sales. When not at the office or on a roof, Jo can be found playing her cello, exploring the backcountry of the Northeast, or passionately discussing the merits of home insulation and heat pumps with her (very patient) husband, Clay. 

1:00 – 1:50: Reputation Management Tools, Presented by John Lhowe of VisitNewEngland.COM

Managing Your Online Reputation Will Grow Your Business and Save Marketing Time and Expense. When it comes to building business your reputation is determined online. Ninety percent of buying decisions are first researched online using social media, reviews, and searches. The quality of your website, consistency of how it is posted on scores of listings websites (many that are unknown to you), social media, and reviews combine to create your online reputation. Learn how to reveal all this information and put it to use managing your social media, review responses, and website quality. See how you stack up against the competition. Attendees will receive a free report outlining their online reputation and visibility score.

Jonathan Lhowe is founder and president of VisitNewEngland.com. Lhowe’s early career was as a newspaper advertising manager in Vermont, Cape Cod and New York City. In 1984 he became owner of a weekly newspaper in North Carolina, selling the business after five years, returned to New England as publisher of daily and weekly news publications in Rhode Island. Following that Lhowe took over an ailing startup weekly in Mystic, Connecticut. In 1995 the first websites of what would become VisitNewEngland.com were launched. After two years of website development the newspaper was sold. VisitNewEngland.com soon became the region’s largest website for travel and recreational activities. In recent years the business has added new services to help clients with their online reputation management. 

2:00 - 3:50: The Core Qualities of High Performing Work Teams by Howard Stanten and Erin Wright of Vanguard Coaching and Training
We all want to improve results and the bottom line. To be truly successful, we must do so in a sustainable way. Learn about the importance of creating work-place teams that score high in both “Productivity – Getting Things Done” and “Positivity-Getting Along Together.” “Productivity” without “Positivity” leads to short term profits vulnerable to high burnout and turnover. “Positivity” without “Productivity” creates a nice social club until the money runs out.

Join Howard Stanten MPT, CPCC and Erin Wright RN, CPCC, of Vanguard Coaching and Training to learn what qualities are necessary to get your business or organization operating in the High Productivity/Positivity Zone and what questions you need to start asking to make this a reality. 









Cap off the day with music, food & awards
with the
“Best of the Valley” Awards
at 5 pm right next door at the North Conway Country Club