Press Release For Immediate Release Contact: Julie Darling 312-733-4538

Event Planners Gather to Explore The Latest Event, Party and Meeting Trends at First BizBash Event Style Expo at Merchandise Mart Chicago on August 20th.

Keynote Addresses include "The Importance of Events in Tough Economic Times" and Chicago's Bill Rancic on How Event Planning On The Apprentice Helped Him Win

Event Planning Icons To Be Honored At First Chicago Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Chicago, Illinois - July 28, 2008 - BizBash Media (, the largest media company catering to the multi-billion dollar events industry, will hold its first action packed one day Chicago Event Style Expo on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at The Merchandise Mart. Over 800 planners are expected to be on hand to find the latest trends in events, meetings and party experiences used in marketing brands, companies and philanthropic endeavors (Galas/Fundraisers).

With a possible Chicago-based US President and the historic Olympic bid, event professionals need to get ready for the world by attending Bizbash and meeting Chicago's top event suppliers, vendors and venues on an action packed show floor. Educational sessions will feature relevant topics including sessions on Greening Your Events, Event Partnership and Sponsorships, Building Effective Event Teams, Fundamentals of Event Planning, Event Food That Stimulates the Senses and an Event Style Trend Panel featuring 45 Ideas in 45 Minutes, including everything from the retro idea of allowing guests to go into a refrigerator for drinks to "dragon breath" that allows smoke to come out of your mouth with each bite.

With the economic downturn, BizBash will face the tough issues up front in its keynote address presented by Larry Deutch, managing director of Jack Morton Worldwide. He will make the case for the importance of events in these tough economic times. Jack Morton Worldwide is the largest event and experience marketing agency in the world. Deutch will talk about how events are a primary marketing strategy and how the major brands now recognize the importance of face-to-face marketing, especially in a tough economy.

Do you remember how many events were featured on the first episode of The Apprentice? At 4 pm, Donald Trump's original Apprentice, Bill Rancic, will discuss "How to Succeed In Business & Life: Behind the Scenes at the Apprentice" in the Expo's other keynote. Hear his journey from small business owner to author to TV personality, as well as his lessons learned pre and post Apprentice with Donald Trump.

This year, four renowned Chicago event planners will be honored at Chicago's first Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Jonathan T. Howe, Esq., President and Senior Partner at Howe & Hutton, Evelyn Laxgang, President at Laxgang Consulting, Inc., Deborah Sexton, President and CEO at Professional Convention Management Association and Paulette Wolf, CEO at Paulette Wolf Events & Entertainment will be recognized for their hard work and dedication, making major contributions to the event industry.

About BizBash
: Founded in 2000, BizBash is the leading trade media for the event industry with local web sites, magazines and events in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington D.C and Toronto. BizBash audience include corporate event and meeting professionals, event marketers, and sales, PR, fundraising, and human resource executives.

BizBash is committed to assisting readers and show attendees uncover ideas, gather resources, find inspiration, enhance their careers, and, most importantly-create effective meetings, events, promotions, and other face-to-face opportunities. complements its print magazines by offering the latest event news and information. The site provides users with access to comprehensive, searchable resource directories of 7,000 vendors; photos and coverage of past events; archived magazine issues;

BizBash launched in Chicago in April of 2008 and is hosting its first trade show, BizBash Event Style Show Chicago on August 20th, 2008.

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