Calling all Vermont businesses! The annual Vermont Chamber of Commerce Business and Industry Exposition (EXPO) is now accepting proposals for seminars, workshops, or panel presentations. The nineteenth annual EXPO is slated for May 21 and 22 2003, once again at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel and Conference Center.In response to business community requests, the EXPO Special Events Committee is pleased to offer Vermont businesses the opportunity to design a seminar or workshop, sharing their expertise with business professionals throughout the region. Businesses may propose a single topic presentation, or propose to organize and moderate a panel discussion on a particular topic. Presentations are to be one hour in length.Proposals must fall into the following broad theme categories:●Excellence: May include quality, best practices, workforce development and training programs, and corporate responsibility.●Innovation: May include technology topics, trends, balancing quality of life and work.●Entrepreneurship: May include small business development, thinking outside the box, basic business skills, and new business ventures.”EXPO is the state’s most high profile business-to-business venue,” noted Curtis Picard, EXPO Director. “Hosting your own hands-on self-designed workshop is a great way to showcase your knowledge and interact with attendees.” EXPO attendance continues to rise from year to year; in 2002, attendance was up 5% from 2001, to nearly 3,000 individuals.Presentation proposals must be received by the close of business on November 1, 2002. Applicants will receive notice by November 30 as to the status of their proposals. To download PDF files of the criteria for submission and an application form, visit www.vtexpo.com(link is external) and click on “EXPO 2003 Call for Presentations.”For questions or more information, please contact Delaney Meeting and Event Management at (802) 655-7769.