Workshops & Seminars

Audience during a workshop or seminar

Workshop?  Seminar?  Employee Training?  Single Session Programs?  Multiple Concurrent Breakout Sessions? Whatever you are planning, with over 32,000 square feet in three interconnected and climate controlled buildings, big or small we do it all!  Exceptional events happen here because the Porter County Expo Center has over 30 years of experience in planning thousands of events. Our experienced and professional event staff will be with you every step of the way.

The first step in planning your event is to select the Porter County Expo Center facility that will best suit your needs and budget. We are unique in northwest Indiana because we can offer you twelve different venues, from formal to casual to indoor/outdoor, based on the number of guests you are planning for. Within each venue, you can choose from a menu of options to customize your event without breaking the bank. Scroll down this page to review our venues.

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Expo Banquet Room Two is perfect for the smaller workshop or seminar. It can accommodate up to 150 guests in theater type seating. Or, you prefer table seating, it can accommodate up to 100 seated guests without a stage, and up to 80 with a small stage. Please note that the addition of food service stations may further reduce the seating capacity. This space is 1,728 square feet (27' x 64'), carpeted and air conditioned.

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For a unique event, the Buggy Wheel Pavilion is just for you! The sides of the building open for easy access, making it perfect for an indoor/outdoor event. It has a built in stage and two dressing rooms. It can accommodate up to 250 guests indoors in theater type seating. Or, if you prefer table seating, it can accommodate up to 200 seated guests. Please note that the addition of food service stations may further reduce the seating capacity. This space is 5,632 square feet (64' x 88') with a concrete floor. Without heat or air conditioning, Buggy Wheel Pavilion is only available from spring to fall. It does not include a prep kitchen for caterers, but is one of two facilities that does not require use one of our approved caterers.

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Expo Banquet Room One is larger, but still retains the atmosphere for the more intimate type of events. It can accommodate up to 300 guests in theater type seating. Or, you prefer table seating, it can accommodate up to 200 seated guests without a stage, and up to 150 with a stage. Please note that the addition of food service stations may further reduce the seating capacity. This space is 3,264 square feet (51' x 64'), carpeted and air conditioned.

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By combining Expo Banquet Rooms One and Two, we can provide space a larger event without it feeling cavernous. It can accommodate up to 450 guests in theater type seating. Or, you prefer table seating, it can accommodate up to 300 seated guests without a stage, and up to 250 with a stage. These rooms can also be divided with a sliding wall if you wish to have separate, concurrent programs or for a designated dining area. Please note that the addition of food service stations may further reduce the seating capacity. This space is 4,992 square feet (78' x 64'), carpeted and air conditioned.

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The 4H building is a perfect choice for a more casual and larger event. It can accommodate up to 450 guests in theater type seating. Or, you prefer table seating, it can accommodate up to 350 seated guests without a stage, and up to 300 with a stage. You also have the option of partitioning off sections within the room with pipe & draping if you wish to have separate, concurrent programs or for a designated dining area. Please note that the addition of food service stations may further reduce the seating capacity. This space is 8,150 square feet (63' x 144'), air conditioned with a concrete floor. It does not include a prep kitchen for caterers, but is only one of two of our venues that does not require you to use one of our approved caterers.

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The Expo East building is also a great choice for a more casual and larger event. It can accommodate up to 500 guests in theater type seating. Or, you prefer table seating, it can accommodate up to 350 seated guests without a stage, and up to 300 with a stage. You also have the option of partitioning off sections within the room with pipe & draping if you wish to have separate, concurrent programs or for a designated dining area. Please note that the addition of food service stations may further reduce the seating capacity. This space is 9,328 square feet (106' x 88'), air conditioned with a concrete floor.

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Expo Main Hall is the best choice for larger events that still wish to retain a more formal atmosphere. It can accommodate up to 750 guests in theater type seating. Or, you prefer table seating, it can accommodate up to 600 seated guests without a stage, and up to 500 with a stage. You also have the option of partitioning off sections within the room with pipe and draping if you wish to have separate, concurrent programs or for a designated dining area. Please note that the addition of food service stations may further reduce the seating capacity. This space is 9,840 square feet (82' x 120'), carpeted and air conditioned.

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When combining Expo Main Hall and Banquet Room One, an even larger event is possible with a more formal atmosphere. It can accommodate up to 1,050 guests in theater type seating. Or, you prefer table seating, it can accommodate up to 800 seated guests without a stage, and up to 650 with a stage. Expo Main Hall and Banquet Room One can also be divided with a sliding wall if you wish to have separate, concurrent programs or for a designated dining area.  You can also partition off sections within the Expo Main Hall with pipe and draping to accommodate even more separate areas. Please note that the addition of food service stations may further reduce the seating capacity. This space is 13,104 square feet, carpeted and air conditioned.

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The Expo Building includes the Expo Main Hall, Banquet Room One and Banquet Room Two and can accommodate up to 1,200 guests in theater type seating. Or, you prefer table seating, it can accommodate up to 900 seated guests without a stage, and up to 750 with a stage. These rooms can also be divided with sliding walls if you wish to have separate, concurrent programs or for a designated dining area. You can also partition off sections within the Expo Main Hall with pipe and draping to accommodate even more separate areas. Please note that the addition of food service stations may further reduce the seating capacity. This space is a whopping 14,832 square feet, carpeted and air conditioned...and surprisingly affordable.

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By pairing Expo East Building and the 4H Building, you can have two separate spaces.  Expo East can accommodate up to 500 guests in theater type seating or up to 350 with table seating.  The 4H Building will accommodate up to 450 guests in theater type seating or up to 350 seated guests with table seating. You also have the option of partitioning off sections within each of the buildings with pipe & draping if you wish to have even more separate, concurrent programs or for a designated dining area. Expo East Building is 9,328 square feet (106' x 88') and the 4H Building is 8,150 square feet (63' x 144').  Both are air conditioned with concrete floors.

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By combining the Expo Main Building (which includes Expo Main Hall, Banquet Room One and Banquet Room Two) with the Expo East Building, your ability to offer concurrent breakout sessions expands greatly.  You can use the Expo Main Building as one huge room, or it can be divided by sliding walls into three separate rooms.  The Expo East Building can also be used as one single meeting room or can be partitioned off by pipe and draping for more separate concurrent programs or dining areas.  The Expo Main Building is 14,832 square feet, carpeted and air conditioned.  The Expo East Building is 9,328 square feet (106' x 88'), air conditioned with a concrete floor.

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We like to call this our "go big or go home" option for workshops and seminars and the possibilities are endless.  It includes the Expo Main Building, Expo East Building and the 4H Building for a total of over 32,000 square feet.  The Expo Main Building includes the Expo Main Hall, Banquet Room One and Banquet Room Two, and can be used as one huge meeting room or it can be divided by sliding walls into three separate rooms.  The Expo East and 4H Buildings can also be used as single meeting rooms or can be partitioned off by pipe and draping for more separate concurrent programs or dining areas within each building.  The Expo Main Building is 14,832 square feet, carpeted and air conditioned. The Expo East Building is 9,328 square feet (106' x 88'), air conditioned with a concrete floor. The Expo East Building is 9,328 square feet (106' x 88'), air conditioned with a concrete floor.  The 4H Building is 8,150 square feet (63' x 144'), air conditioned with a concrete floor.

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CLICK HERE to complete and submit a request for proposal for a workshop or seminar

Ready to begin event planning for your workshop or seminar? Click on the RFP button to complete and electronically submit a request for proposal.

Submitting a Request For Proposal does not guarantee date availability or costs. It is simply a tool we use to start your event planning. Dates and facilities are only guaranteed when a contract is executed and any necessary deposits are paid. 7% Indiana sales tax is added to all invoices. Prices are subject to change.