More than 1,000 participants are expected to attend the second Perimeter Business Expo, a combined presentation of the Dunwoody and Sandy Springs/Perimeter chambers of commerce. Debbie Fuse, Dunwoody chamber executive director, said the neighboring organizations decided to combine, not compete. “Two years ago, we literally did our individual expos two weeks apart. That affected how much time and marketing dollars participants could commit,” she said. Fuse said the one-stop shop approach doubled their attendance last year. “It allows more businesses to participate. It’s a good way to maximize their exposure,” she said. “People could attend one instead of two in a short window of time.” Event chair Bill Ramsey, an account executive with Canton-based Right Fit Human Resources, said visitors should make time to attend a breakfast presentation. “You’re going to want to make sure you see Wendy Kinney,” he said about the founder of Buckhead-based Ready Set Go Make Money, who will lead “networking aerobics.” Tom Mahaffey, Sandy Springs/Perimeter chamber president and executive director, said luncheon speaker Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle will be equally compelling as he addresses the state of entrepreneurship in Georgia. “He is a dynamic speaker. He is an energetic and positive speaker with a great outlook on life,” Mahaffey said. “He’ll be encouraging our business leaders.” Mahaffey encouraged visitors to take advantage of the event’s trade-show atmosphere. “It’s a great opportunity to see businesses that are in the Sandy Springs, Perimeter and Dunwoody area and a great opportunity to network,” he said. Ramsey said attendees will find out “who’s doing what” in the area and learn about new products and services. “There’s going to be a lot of businesses they are unaware of that they will gain knowledge of,” he said. Besides business owners and sales managers, Ramsey said job seekers will also be circulating among the 100 booths and tables. “There are people looking at the next place for their own employment,” he said. “Numerous positions are coming into the Sandy Springs and Dunwoody area. I hear employers say, ‘I’m not just looking for people, I’m looking for great people.’ That’s a wonderful problem.” Fuse said exhibitors still have time to sign up, at $500 for a table or $600 for a booth, which repeat customers consider a good investment. “We’ve had people tell us they had some really good feedback. One of my accounts couldn’t wait to sign up because they made great contacts,” she said. If you go:
When: May 2, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Crowne Plaza Ravinia, 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody
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