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Trish Murray and Catalina Kirsch (center) stop at a booth during the 2017 Expo at North Conway Community Center. The theme of this year’s EXPO20 is “Taking Care of Ourselves and Our Resources.”(COURTESY PHOTO)

CONWAY — Planning and coordination of EXPO20, The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual business expo is underway.

EXPO20 is a “one-stop event” to meet with more than 50 exhibitors from area businesses and non-profits, attractions, education, retailers, health care providers and more.

In addition to networking opportunities, this year will include free health screenings and workshops providing an opportunity for individuals and employers to meet with health-care professionals.

For exhibitors, the business-to-business expos presented by the chamber offer a chance to highlight their business and meet one-on-one with potential customers.

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, April 21, at North Conway Grand Hotel and Resort at 72 Common Court in North Conway (behind Settlers Green) for a day of learning, health screenings, networking and more.

This year’s theme is “Taking Care of Ourselves and Our Resources.” Businesses with a focus on wellness, natural resources, housing concerns and healthy eating will provide information and resources for chamber and community members.

In addition, companies from the fields of information technology, energy, recreation, insurance, media, health and wellness, and more will be on hand to showcase their products and offer valuable information.

EXPO20 will cap off the day with an after-hours chance to socialize with members of the community.

All the EXPO20 events are free and open to the public. Highlights include free educational workshops as follows:

12:15 p.m. “How the Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences are Affecting the Local Workforce in Mt. Washington Valley and What You Can Do About It,” presented by Caleb Gilbert, public health advisory council coordinator. Childhood experiences-related stress impacts can include depression, anxiety, headaches, chronic shoulder/muscle/back pain, migraines, stomach disorders, sleep problems and other physical and emotional ailments. This presentation will help employers understand the connection and the importance of sharing this information to help employees, plus provide effective ways to improve worker health, well-being and performance.

1:30 p.m. Learn about HomeShare and Accessory Dwelling Units. Presented by Victoria Laracy, executive director of MWV Housing Coalition and Dr. Marianne Jackson of the Gibson Center’s HomeShare. An Accessory Dwelling Unit can be a self-contained apartment for a family member, caregiver or to use as a rental unit for additional income. HomeShare is a new service that pairs homeowners who have available bedroom space with home seekers who need local, safe, affordable housing.

2 p.m. Film screening of “Communities and Consequences,” directed by Jay B. Childs. The film takes you inside the world of small-town New England to reveal some of the causes and effects of a graying state. Through the voices of N.H. citizens, the film uncovers the connections between local decisions and the difficulty in attracting and maintaining a working-age population.

To reserve your spot for one of these workshops, contact Michelle at events@mtwashingtonvalley.org or (603) 356-5701, Ext. 302.

In addition, free health screenings will be conducted on the exhibit floor.

First, however, “The Dementia Experience” will start prior to the exhibit floor opening, but participation must be reserved in advance. Dementia Experience is presented by Memorial Hospital Maine Health and Visiting Nurse Association. It  is not a screening, but an experience providing the opportunity to appreciate what it may feel like to have memory loss.

Sessions are about 30 minutes and will start prior to the exhibit floor opening to also allow vendors to participate. To sign up, contact Susan Ruka at sruka@memorialhospitalnh.org. Additional free health screenings include blood pressure, blood glucose checks.

EXPO20 will conclude with the April After Hours event sponsored by Chalmers Insurance Group, offering continued chances for social and business networking with cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.

EXPO20 is presented by the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. The premier sponsor is Chalmers Insurance Group. Eversource is the registration desk sponsor. TD Bank is the education sponsor.

Spaces are still open for exhibitors, and opportunities for sponsorship are still available. Contact Michelle Cruz at events@mtwashingtonvalley.org or 356-5701 ext. 302.

To learn more about the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, go to mtwashingtonvalley.org.

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