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Get tickets for our Marketing Seminar; Apply to Be in Our Business Expo on Sept. 18!

The Heart of Centerville Washington Twp. (HOCWT) wants to empower its members to effectively engage with customers and the community and market their brand! Learn how to do that at our September educational event: "Creating Your Marketing & Social Media Strategy." This event is being held Monday, September 18, 2023, at St. Leonard's Station House , 8200 Provincial Way, Centerville, OH 45458, from 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

The event schedule is as follows:

· 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Member Business Expo/Networking Hour

· 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Featured Speaker

· 6:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Break

· 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Small Round Table Presentations

Our featured speaker for the seminar is Kristi Newton, Manager of Communications and Community Relations, for the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA). A Centerville resident herself, she was previously an Emmy-winning producer for major news stations in Dayton and Cincinnati before joining RTA and helping develop the agency’s social media strategy as a communication specialist. This included drastically improving its Instagram content through reels and increasing overall engagement. Social media remains the agency’s #1 tool for reaching thousands of daily riders as well as the community at-large.

She now manages the communications department and two communication specialists who coordinate daily social media posts and internal messaging. Her leadership and promotions have led to award-winning campaigns, such as the “Proudly Serving Project,” which won a national AdWheel award. The Centerville community bus design was part of that project.

Kristi will present how to effectively leverage social media for small businesses from 6:00 - 6:30 pm, followed by a 15-minute Q&A session.

Small Table Presentations Following our main speaker, we will have small break-out marketing and social media presentations at 4 different tables. The presenters at these tables (who must be current HOCWT members to participate) will share 5 minutes on their topic, followed by a 5–10-minute Q&A. Presenters will provide a handout for these breakout sessions. Attendees will rotate to each table for the remainder of the evening. If you are interested in being one of our small table presenters or have questions, please email April Desai at

Business Expo featuring Heart Members

HOCWT members have the opportunity to apply to be featured in our Business Expo for this event. We are seeking HOCWT member businesses to showcase how their services can help our members with marketing, advertising, website services, and social media.

The Business Expo will be held in the same room as our Friday morning coffee. The cost to showcase your business is $10, and you must provide your own tablecloth and include a handout about your business.

The event committee will review applications and select ten businesses for the expo. You will receive a separate invoice if you are selected to participate in the business expo. The business expo will be held from 5:00 pm-6:00 pm.

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