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Steve Levine

 Our September Issue

 

MAKING AN EXPO “WORK!”

 

 

September greetings everyone!
have always loved the month of September.

Growing up in Upstate NewYork, September signaled the end of summer (quite literally). There was a crispness in the air in the morning. The trees would start turning their magnificent array of colors and the sounds and smells in the air were quite different than the months prior.

Obviously, living in Houston,Texas, September is more like an extension of August, with the exception of the anticipation of the fall home & garden shows, craft shows, and (of course) business conferences and expos.

 

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Several noteworthy conferences for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in September and October are the Houston Minority Supplier Development Council’s Business Expo 2014 (www. h m s d c . o r g ) , September 24th & 25th, the transportation Diversity Council’s 1st Annual Southwest Transportation & Infrastructure Summit (www.tdc-ntl.org ), October 10, 2014, and the Houston Small Busi- ness Expo (www.HoustonSmallBusinessExpo.com), October 11th. Small Business Today Magazine is indeed proud to be a media sponsor of all three of these events.

Whether you are an attendee or exhibitor at one of these or other business conferences this year, I don’t have to tell you that these conference and expos are huge investments for everyone (often requiring travel/lodging expenses, man hours, exhibit costs, promotional costs, etc., not to mention the price of attending the conference. They can be a huge waste of time and money or be a major catalyst to growing your business; it just depends on what your purpose of being there is and your goals for the conference. I am a veteran of hundreds of these both as an exhibitor and as an attendee.

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DEREK TAYLOR - CHERRY CREEK MORTGAGE COMPANY   “EXCEEDING HIS CLIENTS’ EXPECTATIONS WITH HIS WINNING WAYS”   Early on in life, Derek Taylor’s parents instilled in him strong values that included perseverance, integrity, attention to [more]

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