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 CLEVELAND, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- "Business and Industry 2000," the dynamic business exposition of the future, takes place May 19-21 at Cleveland's International Exposition Center.
 The three-day regional show features 200 exhibitors and offers international opportunities, including the Baltic Pavilion, which is the first Baltic Business Exhibition in the United States, and the Korean Pavilion, where leading Korean manufacturers will develop contacts with U.S. companies.
 The keynote speaker of Business & Industry 2000 is Edward D. Barlow, Jr., one of America's leading futurists and the president of Creating the Future, Inc., who will evaluate the diversity and rapid pace of change in business in the 90s and beyond.
 Business & Industry 2000 was developed at the urging of business suppliers and civic leaders to showcase current and future technology and services used by the business, industrial and professional communities. Buyers and sellers from Ohio and surrounding states will cultivate new business while strengthening relations with existing customers. The exposition also features seminars, conferences, meetings and special events.
 Categories of exhibitors include business services, communications, construction, electronics, energy, finance, health care, manufacturing, material handling, office automation, plant maintenance, polymers, recycling, transportation and waste management.
 A feature attraction at Business & Industry 2000 will be the "Office of Tomorrow" -- a full-sized working prototype of what can be expected from office environments in the future.
 The Business & Industry 2000 Expo is being presented in cooperation with the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Greater Cleveland, the Greater Cleveland Growth Association, The Ohio Manufacturers' Association, The Cleveland Commission on Higher Education and the Port of Cleveland. Hours of the exposition: May 19 and 20, 1-8 p.m., May 21, 1-7 p.m.
 Cleveland's I-X Center is ideally located for the Business & Industry 2000 Expo. Nearly half of all U.S. businesses and two-thirds of the top Fortune 500 companies are located within 500 miles of Cleveland. The I-X Center is easily accessible by air and highway: it is immediately adjacent to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Ohio's major highways. The I-X Jet Center, a corporate and private aviation terminal, allows exhibitors and visitors to disembark just yards from the center.
 Since opening in 1985, the I-X Center has experienced a 40 percent annual growth rate in its exposition business. The world's largest exposition facility, according to the 1992 Guiness Book of Records, plans to host 200 shows and attract more than 2 million visitors this year.
 Following is a program schedule:
 May 19
 Lithuania Seminar -- "Building Business in the Baltics" -- 8:30 a.m. - noon. Speakers include Gailius Draugelis, special assistant to the Ambassador of Lithuania-Officer of Commerce and Economics
 NASA Lewis Research Center, "Accessing Untapped Resources of Federal Government Research," -- 11-11:45 a.m. Speaker is Anthony F. Ratajczak, technology utilization officer, NASA Lewis Research Center
 Keynote Luncheon -- "Creating the Future" -- noon-1 p.m. Speaker is Edward D. Barlow Jr., president, Creating the Future, Inc.
 1 p.m. -- Show Exhibits Open
 Workshop -- "The Journey Towards the Next Millennium...Doing Business in the 90s". Speaker is Barlow.
 Greater Cleveland Growth Association's New Member Orientation and Reception (COSE) -- 4-6:30 p.m.
 May 20
 Cleveland Engineering Society's 1992 Design Manufacturing Conference -- "Changing the Manufacturing Mindset -- Competing in the 21st Century" -- 7:45 a.m.-noon. Speakers include Kenneth Cruickshank, new model project manager, Ford Motor Co.
 Business Breakfast -- "An Update on the Business Opportunities in Korea" - 8-9 a.m. Speaker is South Korea Consul General Chung Gi Kim.
 Inventor's Conference -- "Inventor's Hall of Fame Progress" -- 9 a.m.-noon. Speakers include Dr. Ed Sobey, director of patent documentation.
 Ohio Manufacturers' Association -- "Employee Involvement Makes a Difference...Three Ohio Manufacturers Show You How" -- 10-11:30 a.m. Speakers include the Special Quality Unified Improvement and Development (S.Q.U.I.D.) Team, Wright Tool Company, Barberton.
 NASA Lewis Research Center, "Accessing Untapped Resources of Federal Government Research" -- 10-11:30 a.m. Speakers include William J. Waters, technology transfer consultant, NASA Lewis Research Center.
 1 p.m. -- Show Exhibits Open
 Business Opportunities Seminar -- "Africa-1000 Project," 1-4:30 p.m. Speakers include Dr. C.N. Kashkari, University of Akron, director general, Africa-1000.
 May 21
 Sales Seminar -- "What Makes a Top Salesperson" -- 9-10:15 a.m. Speaker is Hal Becker, Ph.D., Direct Opinions, Inc.
 Management Seminar -- "Managing in the 1990s: The Business Advantage," -- 10:30-11:45 a.m. Speaker is Leslie Yerkes, Yerkes Marketing & Management Design Group, Inc.
 NASA Lewis Research Center -- "Accessing Untapped Resources of Federal Government Research" -- 11-11:45 a.m. Speaker is Steve Riddlebaugh, technology transfer engineer, NASA Lewis Research Center.
 1 p.m. -- Show Exhibits Open
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