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Harpoon CEO Will Be Keynote Speaker at Expo Breakfast

SPRINGFIELD — The Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield announced today that Dan Kenary, CEO and co-founder of Boston-based Harpoon Brewery, will be the keynote speaker at the chamber’s November breakfast, the lead-off event for the fifth annual Western Mass. Business Expo, produced by BusinessWest and presented by Comcast Business on Nov. 4.

Dan Kenary

Dan Kenary

Kenary and partners Rich Doyle and George Ligeti launched Harpoon in 1986, and over the ensuing three decades have transformed it into one of the region’s most successful breweries and one of the state’s more intriguing entreprereneurial ventures.

The ACCGS breakfast has been the official kick-off event for the Expo since it was launched in 2011, and Kenary continues a pattern of keynote talks focused on entrepreneurship and the state’s diverse business community.

The format for Kenary’s talk will be a departure for the norm, however. This will be a broad Q&A, with questions directed from BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien and then members of the audience. Topics to be broached will include the Harpoon story, the microbrewery industry, entreprebeurship, and doing business in Massachusetts.

To register for the breakfast, visit www.myonlinechamber.com. Tickets are $30 per person in advance or $35 at the door.

The breakfast will lead into a full day of events and activities at the Expo, which will feature more than 150 exhibitors, special Show Floor Theater presentations, informative seminars, a pitch contest hosted by Valley Venture Mentors, the day-capping Expo Social, and much more. For information on the Expo, visit www.wmbexpo.com.

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