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TREASURE COAST -- Today's green businesses are looking for an opportunity to expose and expand their business-to-business foundation while educating the consumer with industry updates and maintaining an up-to-date knowledge foundation for advancing the industry.
That's why the Corporate and Community Training Institute at Indian River State College partnered with Plan Ahead Events of Vero Beach to bring the 2013 Florida Green Business Expo on April 25 and 26 at the IRSC main campus in Fort Pierce.
Focusing on the theme, "Discover the Freedom of Renewable Energy," the expo will allow green businesses to be a forum for businesses and the public for new and renewable energy.
"It's smart business and good sense to implement a renewable energy plan, and a big investment is not necessary to incorporate cost-saving strategies into your business," said Bob O'Brien, the CCTI coordinator.
The Florida Green Business Expo costs $19, and runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 25 and 26 at the main campus at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce.
The expo will use the Brown Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Incubator for Entrepreneurship and the Small Business Development Council, as well as other green assets on campus.
Consumers, colleagues and business associates plan to join this two-day expo, which promises education, instruction, green thinking and business strategies as well as opportunities for success and more.
Registration fee includes continental breakfast both days, entry into all lectures and panel discussions, tour of Brown Center and entry into the exhibit hall, which will feature more than 20 green businesses, both days.
Another big speaker attending the event is Gil Sperling, senior policy advisor for the U.S. Department of Energy, the office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
The first day's speakers will include J.L. "Buck" Martinez, with Florida Power & Light; Doug Coward, the executive director of Solar and Energy Loan Fund Program; Richard Bialosky; John Hopkins, with the small business development center; Sean Cochrane, president of Super Green Solutions; and the keynote speaker will be Patrick Lahey, the president of Triton Energy Systems.
The second day's speakers will include John Schutt, with Southern Cross Building Products; Joshua Atlas, with Arnstein and Lehr; Rodney Smith, a sustainability specialist with USaveLED; Missy Strauss, president of Tangible Green; and Joe Marcinello with Ensida Energy.
The businesses that are attending are planning several things for the expo.
Triton Energy Systems is launching their new ocean current derived kinetic energy at the expo.
Super Green Solutions is also doing a presentation at 4 p.m. April 25, and Ensida Energy is currently looking for certified automobile mechanics who wish to be trained in propane gas conversions at their Stuart facility.
In addition to being open to registered participants, the expo exhibit hall will be open to IRSC students both days all day for free, and to the general public from 3 to 6 p.m. both days for free.
There is also the opportunity to earn continuing education certificate for participation for realtors, architects and contractors.
For more information on the expo, call (888) 283-1177 or go to www.floridagreenbusinessexpo.com.