While every business venture is a unique labor of love, learning from the success of others always helps. Whether through books, blogs, vlogs, seminars, TED talks, or networking events, spending time with industry experts can help you avoid pitfalls and keep your business successful and thriving.

South Sound Business Expo founder Alan Shimamoto with KGY KAYO
Expo founder Alan Shimamoto is proud to work with and on behalf of local businesses like KAYO/KGY radio. Photo courtesy: South Sound Business and Career Expo

On April 17, the third annual South Sound Business & Career Expo returns to Olympia. This all-day, free event runs from 9:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Saint Martin’s University Marcus Pavilion. Though there’s no charge for entry, register in advance for your free ticket or upgrade to an Inner Circle ticket for only $37.00.

Inner Circle members are invited to the 9:00 a.m. ticketed breakfast provided by Bon Appétit catering. After a deluxe meal, the Profit Accelerator Business Training sessions begin. Profit Accelerator is also free and runs from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. but with VIP seating for paid Inner Circle attendees.

“Come to learn strategies from the most successful entrepreneurs that will guarantee you to grow you, your business, and your life,” says Expo Founder Alan Shimamoto. “You’ll learn from top experts on leadership, business growth, marketing and personal development. You’ll meet business owners and people exactly in your situation and discuss how to build your network together. Lastly, you’ll come away with a plan that immediately executes on growth; no matter what field or situation you’re in.”

To date, some of the Northwest’s finest, most innovative, business leaders have signed on to present concise, tips, tricks, and advice. These include:

Following the Profit Accelerator the Business and Career Expo begins and runs until 6 pm.  With more than 80 booths representing companies large and small, it’s an ideal way to meet newfound connections, mentors, clients and friends.  During the EXPO, thousands of dollars in amazing door prizes will be given to participants.

Limited space is still available to set up an Expo table for your business, group, or organization. Contact Alan directly at 360-915-2196 or info@SouthSoundExpo.com while spots remain.

South Sound Business and Career Expo Biz to Biz Expo 2018
The Expo will host more than 80 booths and entry is free, though RSVP for tickets in advance. Photo courtesy: South Sound Business and Career Expo

Forbes business specialists encourage professionals to make networking a vital part of their daily life. “Done right, networking can provide a range of benefits, including the exchange of knowledge, resources and ideas that can take your…career to the next level and foster friendships along the way.” And it doesn’t have to be difficult. “Networking comes in multiple forms: meeting people one-on-one, having a regular conference call with a mentor or peer, attending industry events or connecting via social media,” they say. “Similarly, networking can take place at work, in a meeting or at a social outing. Any situation that involves interaction with other people poses an opportunity for expanding a network.”

They suggest a few simple steps to remain strong: build genuine relationships, help your network, stay in touch, and diversify your events. All four are possible in one easy day at the South Sound Business and Career Expo. You’ll leave with new contacts, a bigger network, and having learned a thing or two. And that’s the best kind of day.

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Strategizing with Nick Kerry who is the GM of Presenting Sponsor 96.9 KAYO 95.3 KGY on making the upcoming event an amazing experience for everyone! They will be broadcasting live and the 96.9 KAYO GIRLS will be a part of the event as well

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