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Business group changes name, not mission

November 04, 1997

By KERRY LYNN FRALEY

Staff Writer

It has a new name and a new location, but the thrust of the Quad State Business Exposition - formerly the I-81 Corridor Business Exposition - hasn't changed.

"This is the one chance that businesses have to come together in a common area to show each other what they do," said Fred Teeter Jr., executive vice president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce.

The free event, sponsored by six Tri-State-area chambers of commerce, will run 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Hagerstown Junior College's Athletic, Recreation & Community Center (ARCC).

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As in past years, businesses from the Quad-State area of Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Virginia will participate, Teeter said.

The majority of exhibitors will be businesses that provide goods and services to other businesses, he said.

Teeter said he expects there will be close to 100 businesses, including computer and office equipment dealers, corporate photographers, cleaning services and temporary agencies.

The 13-year-old exposition event, born as the Business-to-Business Exposition for local chamber members, traditionally has been at the Ramada Inn Convention Center on Dual Highway, Teeter said.

After booth space sold out last year with 96 exhibitors, organizers decided to look for a bigger space, he said.

The ARCC was originally set up for 115 booths, which are both larger and less expensive than last year, Teeter said.

But when bookings for one section stayed slow, organizers decided to cut out eight booths and set up a seminar area, he said.

Organizers are hoping the expense and trouble they went to for the new Red Flag Golf Challenge - in which golfers can compete on a virtual-reality course - will pay off by drawing more business owners and managers to the event this year, Teeter said.

"We tried to make it more interesting for them to show up," he said. "We think there's a real entertainment value that's been lacking before."

This year's event is sponsored by the chambers of commerce of Hagerstown-Washington County; Chambersburg, Pa.; Waynesboro, Pa; Greencastle-Antrim Township, Pa.; Mercersburg, Pa.; and Martinsburg-Berkeley County, W.Va.

Some booth space is still available. Call 301-739-2015 for more information.

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