Business expo scheduled for October 23

Published on Thu, Oct 2, 2003
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Business expo scheduled for October 23

The county�s biggest annual small event has moved to the bay.

The 19th annual Whatcom County Business Expo and Small Business Conference comes to Bellwether on the Bay, Thursday October 23.

As in years past, the occasion features a huge showplace where businesses can set up demonstration booths and an extensive array of seminars designed to give owners and executives an inside edge. The expo opens at 9 a.m. and exhibit space will definitely sell out. As of this moment, there are but two booths left. Exhibitors include a cross section of some of the finest county businesses.

There are plenty of new features at this year�s expo and conference. The day begins with a political forum involving several candidates who will speak and take questions over continental breakfast. Candidates will ask their opponent a question as well. The forum begins at 7:30 a.m. and is co-sponsored by Business Pulse and the Bellingham/Whatcom chamber of commerce.

At midday, the expo and conference will shut down as Whidbey Island Bank presents keynote speaker, Chip Hanauer. The noted hydro racer will address a sold-out luncheon crowd on teamwork.

The lunch is open to the public. Chip Hanauer, one of the most accomplished hydroplane racers in history, will be the keynote speaker at the 2003 Whatcom County Business Expo. Regular visitors to SeaFair in Seattle will recognize the man and his storied hydroplane racing career. Hanauer�s 35 year racing career is the stuff of legend. In 1995, he became the youngest ever inductee into the Motorsports Hall of Fame.

He started racing boats in his early teens and had won nine titles before he graduated from the University of Washington as a special education teacher. He spent most of the late 1970s and 1980s racing for various top hydroplane teams, amassing five titles.

In 1991, he left the water to give auto racing a try, garnering respect and many near victories before returning to hydroplane racing at the helm of the Budweiser boat a year later. In all, he won 10 Gold Cup limited hydroplane titles.

Racing was not all happiness and light for Hanauer. Not only is hydroplane racing extraordinarily dangerous, but the pressure to perform week in and week out exacts a toll.

During the 1990s, Hanauer began to lose his voice as a result of a rare neurological disorder. His condition went untreated for three years, casting a pall over his life and accomplishments.

Recharged and in a redesigned boat, Hanauer raced through the late 1990s. He tours the country speaking on teamwork, drawing on his varied life experience to illustrate how he found success as well as a happy, balanced and satisfying life.

The keynote address is open to the public and will likely sell out. Tickets are available by calling 671-3933 and cost $30 each or $300 for a table of ten.

For more information call 733-4014 or 671-3933.

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