Area businesses will gather to exchange ideas about new technology at Upper Bucks Business Expo on May 21, but there will be some old-fashioned protection as well.
QNB bank is scheduled to sponsor a shredding event from 3-5 p.m. to destroy old, sensitive business documents, and the owners can watch via closed-circuit camera.
“They bring their shred truck,” said Tara King, executive director of the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce, which is organizing the annual expo. “You can actually stand there and watch your documents being shredded. It’s very interesting. If you’ve never seen one, stop by to see it.”
Organizers encourage businesses to bring a couple of boxes of paperwork that need to be safely destroyed so that the printed information doesn’t get into the wrong hands.
“Sometimes they send their security people to talk about preventing identity theft,” King said.
Other topics at the expo should include everything from robotics and virtual imaging to worldwide communication technology.
Many of the 100 booths are sold for the event, which is themed Touch the Future of Technology, to be held from noon-5 p.m. at Quakertown Community High School in the borough.
King noted that many businesses, community service groups, nonprofits, health care organizations and legislators have arranged for booths at the expo.
“Each year the theme changes, [and] we try to focus on some sector of our membership base, something of interest where we see gains or changes,” she said. “Whether it’s a [discussion about a] mobile app to collect contact information in order to generate leads for salespeople, a lot of networking goes on at the business expo.”
The event is designed for any company seeking to promote its business in Upper Bucks County.
“We open it up to the public,” King said. “Non [chamber] members pay a higher fee.”
The event is billed as a networking opportunity.
“We’re really trying to push the business-to-business [option],” she said. “It has been a good resource to make those local connections. [I like] to see what other people are doing. I love to hear that part of the discussion after the expo, to hear what people have learned or who they communicated with.”
For more information, call the chamber office at 215-536-3211, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ubcc.org to download a registration form.
“It’s right there on the homepage in the [featured] event block,” King said.