Networking – Island Style

Business EXPO 2009 brings movers and shakers together.

Business EXPO is an ideal opportunity to find new suppliers, customers and partners.The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for one of the largest business-to-business networking events in the region, Feb. 11-12 at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa. More than 100 companies will present products and services during Business EXPO 2009, a two-day event sponsored by the chamber and Hilton Head  Regional Healthcare.

This year’s expo will include a luncheon featuring Elizabeth Conklyn as guest speaker.

Conklyn, an outstanding human resources executive, will present her enlightening views on leadership development, leading through change, and leading people in difficult times.

Conklyn is Executive VP of people services for United Services Automobile Association in San Antonio, Texas, one of the most highly regarded financial services companies in the country, known for its extraordinary commitment to customer service and its enduring financial strength. USAA continues to win numerous awards for customer service, quality, and employee programs.Liz Conklyn

The luncheon presentation, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 12, is open to leadership alumni, chamber members, and all who attend the expo – $20 per person. Reservations required; contact Anna Cauthen: (843) 341-8379 or

Participants can visit with clients, make hundreds of contacts, and check out the competition while garnering maximum exposure for their business. More than 120 vendors participated in last year’s event with more than 2,000 attendees.

Attendees can also develop business contacts during EXPO After Hours, sponsored by Hargray and Palmetto Electric. Networking starts at 5:30 p.m. both days. Admission is $10. For more information & registration, please visit