2019 Business Expo

This year’s 2nd Annual EHBA Business Expo is going to held at the East Haddam Town Hall on October 29, 2019 from 11:30AM – 6PM followed by an opportunity to network at a local restaurant. It will be broken down into three sections:

  • 11:30 – 3PM – The first portion will be business education for entrepreneurs
  • 3:00PM – 6PM – The second portion will be a vendor fair to showcase/advertise your business
  • 6PM – 8PM – The third portion will be networking

Click here for the tentative schedule. It’s a work-in-progress!

We set it up this way to business owners can choose which aspect of the expo best suits their business.

More information for businesses interested in attending will follow shortly.

Keynote Speaker: Valerie Gordon

Valerie Gordon knows how to harness the power of a story to meet a wide range of business needs. Through clear, concise and convincing content, she provides the tools and training to help audiences translate the principles of storytelling into personal growth and business success. 

A 10-time Emmy and 3-time Edward R. Murrow award-winning television producer with two decades in media for networks such as CBS News, HBO and ESPN, Valerie speaks at conferences and works with corporations to engage employees and grow future leaders. Through keynote presentations, inventive workshops and one-on-one coaching, she provides the skills and tools necessary to help participants build careers, maximize their brand value, manage interpersonal conversations and plan for next chapter success.

Keynote Overview:

Since the earliest of times, humans have used stories to educate, inspire and entertain. Authentic, relatable stories make us more human – they are among our most important connection tools. The stories we tell impact the way people see us and the opportunities we’ll receive. And the stories we tell ourselves influence our internal course of action. Communication is no longer a simple message between sender and receiver. Storytelling involves illustration, interpretation, action and reaction. Strategic stories communicate business information, guide consumer behavior, create personal and business branding and ensure long-term growth and success.

The Power of Story: Storytelling Strategies for Small Businesses

“If you build it, they will come…” But what if they don’t? Taking command of your business story means going beyond what you do to why you do it and how you offer value that is unique for the consumer. In this interactive workshop, participants explore how to tell the story of their business in a way that is meaningful and memorable. Use the Six question framework, discover the differentiating details that create a stand-out story and employ communication that is clear, concise and convincing! Everyone has a story… learn how to tell yours!

Big Excuse Bingo

How often do you intend to do something and just… don’t do it? This fun, interactive, game-style breakout will challenge your biggest challenges and help you get real about goal-setting. Get out of your own way, own your excuses and get after your goals!

Sponsorship Opportunities

In order to create the best expo that offers the most value, we need sponsors. As a sponsor, you not only get the opportunity to support an event designed to educate and grow small business in our town but our packages were created to offer advertising opportunities benefitting your business.

Click here for our sponsor opportunities. If you are interested in sponsoring, you can email ehbamembers@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you!


Tickets are for business owners who are interested in attending the educational portion (half-day), exhibiting a booth at the tradeshow (full-day), and networking. Click here to register.

Attendance is free for the public who want to attend the tradeshow.