Invest in yourself by attending BizExpo

If you’re like most executives I know these days, you’re spending way too much time working IN your business, rather than working ON your business.

Consider this my personal invitation to step out of the day-to-day grind and invest in some quality time for your own personal and professional development. That quality time will be available at the 10th annual BizExpo. Attendance to the largest business-to-business networking event in the state is free with pre-registration at

The event will take place Wednesday, May 21, at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino in Milwaukee.

With admission, you’ll be able to walk the BizExpo floor and connect with nearly 200 booth exhibitors who will be marketing their goods and services for other businesspeople.

You’ll also have your choice of free Business Strategy Seminars to hear from experts about all realms of business, including human resources, leadership, emotional intelligence, the multi-generational workplace, website design trends, corporate cultures, advertising and marketing, sales strategies, innovation, brand development, social media strategies, accountability and problem solving. Where else can you hear free presentations by experts in each of those fields?

I would be remiss if I did not also invite you to attend the premium events at the BizExpo, which do come with nominal fees:

The day will kick off with the Women in Business Breakfast, which will feature a panel discussion by women executives from a wide range of industries: Julia Taylor, president of the Greater Milwaukee Committee; Nancy Hernandez, president of ABRAZO Multicultural Marketing & Communication in Milwaukee; Phyllis King, associate vice chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and Tami Scully Garrison, community commerce and partnerships manager at MillerCoors in Milwaukee. The panel discussion will be led by Kimberly Kane, president and founder of Kane Communications Group. In addition, the BizTimes Woman Executive of the Year Award will be presented to Nanette Gardetto, who recently agreed to sell her company, Franklin-based Baptista’s Bakery, for $195 million. The breakfast will take place from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. To register, visit

If you’re making a day of it, you can grab lunch at the BizTimes Bravo! Entrepreneur and I.Q. (Innovation Quotient) Awards Luncheon, which will honor some of the region’s most dynamic companies and leaders. The BizTimes Regional Spirit Award will be presented to Wisconsin Energy Corp. CEO Gale Klappa, and the BizTimes LifeTime Achievement Award will be presented to commercial real estate developer and community advocate Gary Grunau. The keynote address about “Entrepreneurial DNA” will be delivered by author Joe Abraham. The luncheon will be emceed by WISN-Channel 12 news anchor Craig McKee. The luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To register, visit

The day will conclude with the BizExpo After Hours reception, featuring music, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. The reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. To register, visit

You can register to attend the BizExpo and all of the premium events at

See you there!

Steve Jagler is executive editor of BizTimes.

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