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TRAVERSE CITY — An annual look at businesses and services in the region won’t be up close and personal this year. And one of the first big local events on the 2021 calendar has been delayed three weeks but, at least for now, remains planned as an in-person expo.Welcome to the new world of the expo in the COVID-19 era.The Traverse Connect Business Expo will be held virtually on Nov. 10. Billed as the largest business showcase in northern Michigan, the annual event “brings more than 100 companies and organizations from across the region together on one day to feature their products, services and employees.”
The Business Expo coincides with Traverse Connect’s annual Economic Outlook Summit. The 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. summit (https://tinyurl.com/EconomicSummit2020) is also going virtual this year.Event organizers still hope to draw hundreds of attendees for the 2020 Business Expo, which runs from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. According to a release, the aim still is to deliver an “up-close look at the diversity and ingenuity of the region’s business sector” — just in a different way.Molly MacGirr, event and program manager for Traverse Connect, said a virtual business expo may attract more …

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