The ‘ultimate networking’ event is scheduled for Oct. 25-26 at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester.

It’s hosted by Elocina, a local consulting firm owned by Tawonda Burks.

Called the Next Level Conference, the gathering is geared for aspiring entrepreneurs as well as seasoned business owners. Burks hopes to draw as many as 300 attendees and 100 vendors.

Educational workshops will be held on Oct. 25, a VIP reception is scheduled for the evening of Oct. 25 at the Chateau Theatre and a vendor Expo will be on Oct. 26. There’s also a wonderful line-up of keynote speakers, Burks said, including Ugg boots founder Brian Smith, the former Mayo Clinic ‘singing surgeon’ Dr. Elvis Francois and Rochester Mayor Kim Norton.

Another anchor for the Next Level Conference is a fireside chat with educational leaders about how educators can best prepare learners for the future in business.

In its inaugural year, you can register for the Next Level Conference at Cost ranges from $295 to attend the conference to $500 to be a vendor at the Expo. And for $795, attendees can have access to everything the conference offers, including the VIP reception.

“Just get ready to have a great time connecting as it relates to all things business,” Burks said. “We have great supporters. We have a lot of support for this event. Now we’re getting down to the last month and it’s time to spread the word so people get their tickets.”