Join Us at the 2018 River North Business Expo
From start-ups to hospitality to national brands, River North is the heart of innovation and business in Chicago. Bring plenty of business cards and join fellow business owners and entrepreneurs at the 2018 RNBA Business Expo, occurring at the Holiday Inn Chicago - Mart Plaza!
Through educational workshops and exhibitor displays, this year’s Expo will help you learn, grow, and elevate your business to the next level. Whether you are in the process of forming your business, your business is new, or your business is well established, the Expo is the premiere place to meet experienced businesses that will provide the assistance, guidance, and resources for your business needs. Exhibitors include businesses in the legal, technology, financial, marketing, hospitality, printing industries.
2018 Breakout Session Speakers
Session I – 5:00 PM -
Karianne Wardell, Lofti
Branding for Small Business: How to Influence and Engage Your Customer
Elevate your brand story in this workshop designed to help you articulate your business vision and values, motivating your target audience to engage with your brand. Participants will leave this session with actionable takeaways and clear next steps for integrating the workshop materials into their marketing programming.
Session II – 5:00 PM
Karen Molnar, ZED451
Wine Etiquette for Business Entertaining
Mix, mingle and socialize while you sniff, swirl and sip! Guests will learn the ins-and-outs of wine pairing, wine lingo and wine enjoyment. Receive an overview of classic wines and wine tasting, and take home a newfound knowledge that is sure to impress your clients.
Session III– 5:45 PM
Emily Washcovick, Yelp!
Five Star State Of Mind: Learn Ways To Connect With Your Customers And Make The Most Of Your Online Reviews.
You don't have to have a perfect five star rating to have a five star state of mind. In fact, it's a mentality that any business can adopt regardless of your current rating today. It's all about setting a goal for yourself and developing a strategy for dealing with customer feedback and getting reviews organically. Join this session to learn tips from Yelp's Local Business Partner on ways to engage your customers online and make the most of your online reputation.
Session IV– 5:45 PM
John Buckingham, Buckingham Tax & Financial
Tax Strategies for the Small Business Owner
John Buckingham has been guiding people with financial, real estate and taxes issues for over 30 years. His true passion is helping people understand the frustrating quagmire we call “finance.” Topics of this session include: learn about the different tax advantages of small business retirement accounts, how the new tax laws affect small business owners, and strategies to convert IRAs to Roth IRA’s.