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If you're a Treasure Valley techie looking for a chance to toy around with a Google Nexus One or learn the basics of Microsoft Windows 7, the 19th annual Business and Technology Expo, or Biz Expo, is right up your alley.

On Wednesday, Jan. 27, from noon-5 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 28, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., more than 120 Boise-area businesses will gather at the Boise Centre to show off the latest and greatest in business and technology. The event is free to the public and offers more than 40 hours of business and tech-related seminars, including Your Web Site's Broken and You Don't Even Know It: Five Things to Do to Make Your Web Site More Relevant; Turning up the Heat Without Cooking the Books; Business Under Siege, Fraud in America: An Overview of Fraud Awareness Protection and Prevention; and Microsoft Windows 7: Are you ready?

While Biz Expo will bring together a wide array of local companies, it's not really aimed at job seekers.

"I would say that over half of our attendees are business owners, presidents, CEOs," said Kris Miller, director of business development at Idaho Business League. "If someone's seeking a job, they can come down, but it's more geared to business-to-business networking and business-to-business resources."

But not everything at Biz Expo is tech-focused. Local service-oriented companies that cater to the business community--like Baird's Cleaners and The Modern Hotel--will also be on hand to showcase their offerings. And it wouldn't be a legit expo without free stuff, so attendees can look forward to door prizes, drawings and even some grub from Papa Joe's.

"It's really an event geared toward helping to profile and enhance and expand local Idaho businesses," said Miller. "So, hopefully, it can help spark some life into the economy."

Wednesday, Jan. 27, noon-5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., FREE, Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., 208-336-8900, boisecentre.com. For more information, visit idahobizexpo.com.