to highlight 2002 Regional Business Expo
(April 2002) MADISON, Ind. It starts with
With that as its theme, the second annual Regional Business Expo will
bring together dozens of area businesses at the Venture Out Business
Center, 975 Industrial Dr., on the Madison hilltop.
Sponsored by the Southeastern Indiana Small Business Development
Center in partnership with the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce, the
event will feature up to 75 commercial and not-for-profit exhibitors,
plus prize giveaways, childrens activities, food and a chance
to meet some of the actors from the soon-to-be-released hydroplane racing
The movie, which stars Jim Caviezel (Thin Red Line, The
Count of Monte Cristo) was partially filmed on location in Madison
in summer 1999. It tells the fictionalized true story of the late Jim
McCormicks victory in the 1971 Governors Cup hydroplane
race aboard the Miss Madison.
The movie is anticipated for national release on Aug. 23 by Premiere
Marketing and Distribution Group, LLC, a newly formed company headed
by Mitch Goldman, formerly of New Line Cinema. A 13-minute trailer of
the film will be shown at the Expo. Indianapolis native Scott Bindley,
who co-wrote the script with his brother, Bill Bindley, is scheduled
to speak at a morning breakfast at Clifty Inn. Exhibitors and the general
public are invited to attend this event. Tickets are $25 per person.
Bill Bindley, the movies director, said he will be unavailable.
Scott Bindley started writing the Madison script a decade
ago as part of a college project. Perhaps he never dreamed at that time
it would eventually be made into a motion picture and released to theaters
Its really exciting to see it finally happen,
said the 36-year-old Bindley by telephone from his Indianapolis office.
Aug. 23 is a good date for the release because it comes near the
end of the summer when most of the big blockbuster movies have already
been released. Theres a period there that makes it a good time
for a feel good movie to come out.
Bindley said he spent many days on the set in Madison watching the production
but had little involvement at that point. He helped rewrite a few parts
when problems arose or when certain scenes had to be tightened up.
Hes been busy writing new scripts and said he hopes to begin production
this summer on a kids movie with his brother, Bill,
39. No production dates or location have been decided.
At the Expo in Madison, Bindley said he will likely discuss how Madison
went from a college project to a script that was actually made into
a full-length movie.
Bindley said work is now being done on the movies soundtrack.
Indiana-based rock star John Mellencamp provided the opening narration
in the film and had earlier expressed interest in writing an original
song for the movie. But Bindley said that with his new tour about to
begin, he might not be available to do so.
Actor Frank Knapp Jr., a Nashville, Tenn., resident who plays Miss Madison
team member Bobby Humphries in the movie Madison, also plans
to attend the Expo and may take part in the breakfast program. Jake
Lloyd of Star Wars The Phantom Menace fame who plays
a young Mike McCormick in Madison, is also scheduled to
appear. Lloyd, who has not worked in any films since Madison,
now lives and attends school in Indianapolis. The actors and Bindley
will be available for autographs at the Expo.
The daylong event is designed to feature business from the SBDCs
five-county Southern Indiana district, which includes Jefferson, Ripley,
Switzerland, Ohio and Dearborn. Most exhibitors are from Jefferson.
Businesses outside this district also were invited to participate, including
those from Kentucky.
Prior to the doors opening to the public, exhibitors will be invited
to participate in three seminars geared to small business owners.
Last years inaugural event was filled with exhibitors well before
April, with a waiting list any last-minute booth openings. NASA astronaut
Dr. Janice Voss, whose parents live in nearby Deputy, was the featured
guest. The event attracted more than 1,500, including exhibitors, officials
As of late March, registration for the 75 available booths was more
than two-thirds filled. The fill the remaining spots, the registration
deadline was extended.
Its going to be tough to top that first year because of
all the excitement of having a new event and because of having a NASA
astronaut here. But were excited about this year, and were gathering
a lot of support for it, said Melissa Rogers, the chambers
Recent announcement of the release of the movie also has
helped, officials said. The movie made its international premiere at
the 2001 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Last October it
made its Midwest premiere at the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis.
The premiere at Hilbert Circle Theatre attracted several hundred residents
from Madison and was well received by both premiere audiences.
Last years Expo also was helped by a $35,000 Community Development
Action Grant from the state of Indiana, plus $1,000 from the Collaborative
Marketing Project of Jefferson County. No such grants were provided
this year. To help offset the costs, the exhibitor booth fee was slightly
Expo planners have been working on this years show for months.
But they admit that a slower economy this year has made planning efforts
more difficult in reaching the $20,000 goal in combined sponsorships
and exhibitor booth fees.
Officials from the Madison Kroger store decided not to return this year
to cook out hamburgers outside the center. Instead, the Madison Athletic
Booster Club, a chamber member, will sell food. Children can visit the
Walnut Street Fire Department truck and Buck the Madison
Police Departments dog. Police will be fingerprinting children
as part of their child safety program. Girls Inc. officials will provide
face painting for children. There will also be a clown and balloons.
Inside, visitors can browse the commercial booths, take part in prize
drawings and pick up literature and samples from various businesses.
For more information, call the chamber at (812) 265-3135, ext. 251,
or visit: www.madisonchamber.org.
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