Lake County Small Business Expo

Friday, May 1, 2020


The Lake County chambers of commerce will join together on May 1, 2020 for the Lake County Small Business Expo! The Expo, held at Lakeland Community College allows participants to visit and network with businesses throughout Lake County. Sponsors and vendors are able to showcase their company at their own booth. Chamber members and non-members have the opportunity to attend five different small business learning sessions.  

Click Here to Become a Vendor/Sponsor for the Expo

Register early to guarantee your booth at this county-wide small business event.  


Click Here to Register as an attendee for $10! 

Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch!


Click Here to Watch the Expo Video!


Benefits of the Expo

#1: New Business – Develop business leads and new customers.

#2: Invaluable Networking – Network with peers in the Lake County small business community.

#3: New ideas – Shop for new innovative products and services to meet the needs of your business.

#4: Learn – Take advantage of small business workshops covering critical topics for small businesses.

Timeline of Events

7:30am-1:00pm: Registration

8:00am-8:45am: Networking Breakfast

8:45am-1:00pm: EXPO Trade Show Area Open

10:00am-10:45am: Learning Sessions 

11:00am-11:45am: Learning Sessions

12:00pm-1:00pm: Networking Lunch

1:00pm-1:45pm: Learning Sessions

Learning Sessions Schedule

10:00-10:45 a.m. – Choose One

Design Thinking 101

Looking for a more human-centered approach to solving challenges in your workplace? In this hands-on session, you will learn the process and mindsets of design thinking used by innovators and thought leaders from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Speaker: Sam Ciferno, Lakeland HIVE

Sweat the Small – How Attention to Detail Creates a Work Culture that ROCKS!

Face it, most employees are disengaged at work.  Instead of throwing money at the problem, try these simple strategies to create stronger loyalty, commitment and connection to your company.  By paying attention to your team members, you’ll keep your top talent from becoming someone elses’s. Speaker: Lisa Ryan, Grategy

11:00 – 11:45 a.m – Choose One

How to MAKE Your Small Business Grow

Promotion is the key to growing your business, but don’t be fooled into thinking that high-cost design studios and print shops are your only option.  The truth is, promotional materials don’t have to cost an arm and a leg.  During this workshop, you’ll learn how to utilize free and low-cost resources in order to do more with less by partnering with the HIVE makerspace at Lakeland Community College. Speaker: Owen Schoeniger, Lakeland HIVE

The Power of the Inbox: Tips and Tricks for Successful Email Marketing

What is the first impression you give when they see you in their email inbox? And when they see you there, what do they do?

This powerful workshop takes you step-by-step through the five easy steps to effective email marketing.  From revealing why regular email doesn’t work, to insider tips and techniques like automated list building tools and the design elements that work (and those that don’t!), this workshop will give you the keys to the most effective marketing you can do: email marketing. Speaker: Diane Helbig, Seize This Day

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

Creating Digital Content That Sticks – Converting Fans to Customers

Are your potential fans scrolling right past your social media posts? In this workshop, we’ll learn some of the key methods you can use to get them to stop, read, watch and listen to your posts, and then follow through with your call to action.  Speaker: Lindsay Sims, Predictable Results Marketing