Business Expo, Parenting Conference returning to Hopewell Valley in January

The Hopewell Valley Central High School PTO will present the 2018 Hopewell Valley Business Expo, taking place at the Hopewell Valley Central High School on Jan. 27 featuring every type of business residents of Hopewell Valley and neighboring towns.

Hopewell Valley Central High School will be the host of this year’s Business Exposition to Hopewell Valley Central High School for the first time.

The business expo will allow business owners to directly interact with customers and residents to meet potential trades, camps, child-care providers any many others they wish to employ in one place without relying on options like asking for referrals on Facebook.
Vendor registration forms can be downloaded from the event Facebook page or by emailing or by calling (609) 558-5588.

Organizers say participants in the event include the best valley area businesses as well as nonprofit businesses, who are invited to participate at a reduced rate. Organizers are also offering space for students 18 and under who operate businesses in the area for $10.
Tickets for attendees are $3 per person or $5 per couple through Jan. 20. Advance ticket purchase includes a cup of coffee or tea and a buttered roll.

After Jan. 20, tickets can be purchased at the door, with no refreshment as part of admission. Tickets can be purchased by sending a check or cash to: 2018 Business Expo, 259 Pennington-Titusville Road, Pennington, NJ 08534 or by calling (609) 558-5588.

The Hopewell Valley Central High School PTO looks to makes the lives of parents, students and staff better by offering substantial funding to classrooms within the high school improving the education of our students. A part of its budget also assists graduating seniors by offering college scholarships.

The second annual Hopewell Valley Parenting Conference is set for Saturday, Jan. 20, also at the high school, with a keynote speech from Princeton-based psychologist-comedian Matt Bellace.

As in 2017, the conference will begin with the keynote speech, followed by two sessions of workshops for parents of children from pre-K to high school.

Bellace’s keynote presentation will be called Helping Kids Reduce Their Stress (and Ours) in the Pursuit of Success. He is the author of A Better High: Laugh, Help, Run, Love … and Other Ways to Naturally Get High!

Bellace has a doctorate in clinical psychology with a subspecialty in clinical neuropsychology, the study of the brain and behavior. His research training includes work at the National Institutes of Mental Health, The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Drexel University’s clinical psychology program.

For each workshop session, attendees will be able to choose from among a number of workshop topics that are of interest to them. Topics in 2017 included mental health trends, sibling rivalry, substance use and teen parenting styles.

Some refreshments will be provided, and some local organizations will have information tables at the event that will be available to peruse at each break.

The conference will kick off at 8 a.m. with registration and refreshments. Bellace will take the stage at 9 a.m., followed by a book signing at 10:30. Workshop sessions will run from 11 to noon and 12:15 to 1:15 with a break in between.

Online conference registration will close Friday, Jan. 12. After Jan. 12, walk-in registration will be available at $30 per person, but organizers cannot guarantee availability of all workshops. Cash or check, only. Snow date is Feb. 4.

The Hopewell Valley Parenting Conference is the result of a partnership between the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, the Hopewell Valley Regional School District and the Hopewell Valley Education Foundation.

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