Hundreds of Houston-area businesses and professionals are expected to attend the Lake Houston Business Expo Presented by Insperity, scheduled for Tuesday, March 25, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Humble Civic Center. The event, which will feature appearances by local media personalities as well as booth displays by the commercial enterprises which support the area, is produced annually by the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce. The Business Expo is open to the public at no charge, and is supported by Gold Sponsor; Media Tower Sponsor University of Houston- Downtown; Silver Sponsor News 92 FM; and Bronze Sponsors Artistic Stitches, Iconix Marketing, Kindred Rehabilitation Hospital, Lone Star College Kingwood, Lone Star Mailing & Printing Services, The Overlook and Waste Connections of Texas. Were in the business of supporting business, said Chamber President Charlie Dromgoole. Were at our best when were promoting investment, expansion and consumerism for our members, and thats what our Business Expo is all about. For attendees, this is an opportunity to build new business relationships within the Lake Houston community, meet new vendors, forge new partnerships and network. Highlights of the day include a presentation by one of the worlds leading small business experts, Jim Blasingame, whose new book The Age of the Customer was released on Jan. 27. Blasingame will address approximately 200 attendees from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. during a limited-seating luncheon presented by Neighbors Emergency Center. Blasingame, who appears courtesy of Insperity, will also provide his personal recommendations to five area businesses during one-on-one sessions entitled Small Business Diagnosis: Prescriptions for Success. Businesses which are interested in this private exchange should apply for the opportunity in advance, beginning Feb. 5, through the Business Expos web site at Additionally, The Business Expo will offer exciting prizes and giveaways throughout the day and conclude with a social hour hosted by the chamber, offering drinks and light bites and a cash bar from 5 to 6 p.m. The Business Expo will also feature the unveiling of the chambers new tagline and mission statement. Any business interested in participating is welcomed. Exhibitors will have the opportunity to market their business to the Lake Houston Area community, meet new clients and network with attendees. The deadline to reserve booth space is Friday, Feb. 28. The Humble Civic Center is located at 8233 Will Clayton Parkway in Humble. For information, contact Chamber Member Services Director Trish Helmerich by calling 281-446-2128, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Pictured: Jim Blasingame

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