Valley businesses showcase their wares at Shelton expo

The Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce will host the 13th annual Valley of Business Expo & After Hours on Thursday, April 10 from 4-7 p.m. at 4 Research Drive (fifth floor), Shelton.

This year’s theme is “Chamberopoly: Winning the Game of Business.” The location is across the street from the Greater Valley Chamber office.

More than 60 exhibitors are expected

The annual tabletop trade show will highlight Valley area businesses from all industries, showcasing their products and services. More than 60 exhibitors are expected to participate.

The event is combined with a “Taste of the Valley,” featuring sample servings from local caterers, restaurants, delis and bakeries.

Attendance is free. There are free marketing seminars and a cash bar.

Three seminars being offered

The following seminars will take place:

Technology Trends for Small Businesses

4:30-5 p.m.

Charlie Tzoumas, vice president of Comcast Business in New England

Learn about the latest technology trends, the use of smart technology and how to keep a business competitive. Tzoumas will discuss the use of mobile-on-the-go applications for business, as well as technology updates for small businesses.

Are You Using the Right Tools to Market Your Business?

5:15-5:45 p.m.

Porter McKinnon, director of sales and marketing, Allegra Print & Imaging

Get an overview of “No Perfect Tool: The Realist’s Guide to Successful Local Marketing.” Learn about the six key components needed to build a successful local marketing strategy — direct mail, online local search (pay per click), signs (point-of-purchase and outdoor, mobile, digital and direct, and referrals.

Email Marketing with Mobile in Mind

6-6:30 p.m.

Robert Clark, Constant Contact authorized local expert

Explore the marketing fundamentals for the successful use of email to promote a business. Attendees will be provided with formatting and other practical tips to create marketing campaigns that are mobile-friendly.

Sponsors and more information

The business expo is sponsored by Comcast Business as well as Aetna, Allegra Print & Imaging, CIT, Cushman & Wakefield of Connecticut, Ned Miller Insurance Agency (a division of Starkweather & Shepley), and Rugby Realty.

Learn more about the event and register to attend at For exhibiting information, call Laura Gorman at 203-925-4981.