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What are the keys to growing a business? How can you strategically grow a brand through an online community?

Those are just some of the questions that will be answered at the upcoming Business Growth Conference & Expo, November 9.

There is no doubt that conferences and expos can be a great way to get a lot of information in a short amount of time. Outside of the educational value, they also allow you to network and share ideas with fellow colleagues and thought leaders.

On November 9, Arizona’s business community will get the opportunity to meet and mingle as the Phoenix Business Journal hosts their Business Growth Conference & Expo, at the Phoenix Convention Center in Downtown Phoenix.  From 12:30-5:30 p.m., business professionals from all over the Valley will come to represent their business and cultivate relationships with other like-minded individuals.

In addition to the expo, there are some great learning opportunities as well.  HMA’s very own Abbie Fink will be on a panel with Jay Feitlinger and Bret Giles talking about social media.  Pamela Slim is the headliner.  Other speakers include Kent Craven, Harriet Moser, Matthew Coast, Max Mendoza, Doug Brunke, and John Kowalski.

Here’s what’s on tap for that afternoon:

  • Developing a Dream: Converting Your Passion into a Business or You Can’t Wish Your Way to Growth: A Roadmap of Strategies to Growth
  • Basic Social Media: Believing in your Social Self or Branding and Distinction: Setting yourself apart
  • Advanced Social Media or Build Strength & Confidence while Growing Your Business

This one-day event is a great opportunity to get a tip or two for better business practices. For more information about registration or being an exhibitor, visit the Phoenix Business Journal website.

Feel free to share the details and make sure to use the #BGCE2012 hash tag when tweeting.

And as a bonus, HMA has 10 pairs of complimentary tickets to the event.  What’s your best networking advice?  We’ll randomly select 10 people who comment on our blog to receive a pair of tickets.

Katie Snyder
Katie Snyder
A former HMA Public Relations employee.

6 Comments

  1. “It is better to give than receive.” Look for ways to help the people you meet, be generous and helpful.. Do NOT spend time talking about yourself, DO spend time listening. Set goals and stick to it and don’t give up. There are so many great people to meet and opportunities around you! Make sure you are available!!

  2. If you’re not wearing nametags, make sure you introduce yourself by name, even to someone you’ve met before. That takes any awkwardness away if they have forgotten your name. Follow-up with an e-mail note to the people you’ve met, just to keep the connection going.

  3. Kirk Kern says:

    Build the relationship first. Networking is not about selling to others, but about selling for each other.

  4. Elaine Fogel says:

    I’m looking forward to being part of the branding panel with Doug Bruhnke and John Kowalski!

  5. Doug Bruhnke says:

    Great information, thank you. Business Growth Conference & Expo has been a valuable event for Phoenix-area businesses for years, and now that it’s combined with YOB Fair – wow – should be amazing. I’m looking forward to attending and participating. Doug Bruhnke (Growth Nation)

  6. Kent Craven says:

    Two out of three net new jobs over the past 4 years have come from small business. The Business EXPO is now more important than ever to help Arizona’s small businesses lift our economy and create opprtunity for all.

    Right now may be the best time for starting a new business that any of us see in our lifetime.

    If not now, then when.

    See you all on Nov 9.

    Kent Craven

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