Home Builders Announces Dates and Expanded Exhibit Floor for Second Annual Midwest Builders Show

The second annual tradeshow and conference is slated for March 25-26, 2004 and again will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.

(LOMBARD, IL - July 15, 2003) - Following on the heels of a very successful premier show, the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago (HBAGC) today said the 2004 Midwest Builders Show will offer additional exhibit space in order to accommodate demand by companies who want to participate in the next show. The second annual tradeshow and conference is slated for March 25 -26, 2004 and again will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.

"We're so pleased that our first show was such a success. It exceeded our expectations and due to the turnout of both exhibitors and attendees we've made sure to reserve extra space on the convention center floor for the 2004 show, " said Peter Schwartz, CEO, HBAGC. "Our educational conference sessions were also a remarkable hit and we'll be offering an enhanced selection of those since they were in such great demand."

Exhibitors began signing up for the 2004 show before the 2003 show ended. About 35 percent of the floor space is already sold out. However, those who want to reserve space or view the layout of the convention center floor can visit http://www.MidwestBuildersShow.com.

The website details a complete show floor setup and offers answers to frequently asked questions. Midwest Builders Show website visitors also can make hotel and travel reservations and view a complete show schedule for the event. The show draws exhibitors from all over the country and focuses on drawing home building industry attendees from an eight -state region that includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.

The tradeshow, along with free educational seminars, will be held March 25 through March 26. To enhance exhibitor exposure, no activities than the show itself will be scheduled from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on both show days.

Certification and accreditation fee -based educational sessions are offered on the two days leading up to the show, Tuesday and Wednesday, March 23 and 24.

Educational topics will include subjects such as job -site management, estimating, design, business planning, scheduling, customer service, sales and marketing, financial management and profitability, land development, contracts and more. Educational programs are geared towards production builders, custom and small volume builders, remodelors, sub -contractors, suppliers, tradesmen, salespeople and others working in the industry.

"There has been a great need for this type of show to service builders and developers located in the Midwest," said Roger Fiehn, president, Roger Fiehn & Associates, Inc., a management, marketing and sales firm in Houston, Texas. "This was something that has been long overdue."

"The Midwest Builders Show was well -coordinated and very well attended," said Kirby Nocker of Andersen Windows and Doors. "We heartily look forward to the opportunity that participating in the 2004 Midwest Builders Show will afford us."

Steve Holland, president of New Millennium Mortgage Corporation said, "The Midwest Builders Show is something that has been needed for a long time. We now have the opportunity to exhibit our company's talents in the perfect atmosphere and look forward to next year's show along with many to follow."

Just like the first annual show, the 2004 show will offer top -notch entertainment, a well known and prominent keynote speaker, plenty of networking and socializing events, and the City of Chicago with all of its attractions as a backdrop.

For more information or to register as an exhibitor or attendee, please visit the Midwest Builders Show website at ttp://www.MidwestBuildersShow.com or contact Marlene Rust at 773/878 -6311 or MAILTO:mrust@MidwestBuildersShow.com. For media inquiries, please contact Julia Roberts, at 630/627 -7575 or by email at MAILTO:jroberts@MidwestBuildersShow.com.

The Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago (HBAGC) is a trade association representing more than 1,700 Chicagoland members involved in home building, remodeling, design, finance, building products, manufacturing and other segments of residential construction. A not -for -profit organization, the Association provides its members with networking and educational opportunities and represents them in matters of government relations and advocacy. Founded in 1939 and headquartered in Lombard, Illinois, the HBAGC covers Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties; and is the oldest affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders located in Washington, D.C.

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