Expo spotlights what businesses and organizations have to offer
Dan Sanderson | Staff Writer
The Grayling Regional Chamber of Commerce is holding an event next week to educate the public on what businesses and services are in the community.
The event is an opportunity for organizations to show what they have to offer.
The sixth annual Business Expo is being held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, at the Ramada Grayling Hotel and Conference Center, 2675 I-75 Business Loop.
Dozens of vendors including banks, insurance companies, restaurants, service agencies, non-profit organizations and churches will be on hand to showcase the goods and services they have to offer. Businesses will also be highlighting new products.
Businesses from Grayling and Crawford County will primarily be featured at the Expo as well those located outside the community that offer products and services in the area.
“It’s a great chance for the community to find out what we have in our area, and this is only a portion of what we have available,” said Traci Cook, the executive director of the Grayling Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Officials from the Small Business Administration and Score, a group of retired professionals who provide consulting services to businesses, will be on hand.
Blarney Stone Broadcasting and 98.5 UPS The Classic Hits Station will promote the vendors and chamber on site.
“There will be live radio remotes and interviews throughout the Expo,” Cook said.
The Expo is not a job fair, but does allow networking opportunities between businesses and potential customers.
“It helps the businesses to have their staff there and they can network with the other businesses,” Cook said.
The Expo is free to the public, and some vendors will be giving away door prizes.
“Basically, it’s a way for the community to network and get some leads on what we have to offer,” Cook said.
Along with highlighting a spectrum of the businesses which serve the community, the Expo provides revenue for the chamber.
“A lot of the money goes back into providing the workshops and seminars that we do, and we bring that back into the budget for other projects that we do,” Cook said.
Although the registration deadline for vendors was set for earlier this week, there still may be time for businesses and organizations to participate in the Expo.
“There might be a couple random spaces left,” Cook said.
For more information about this event, contact the Grayling Regional Chamber of Commerce via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, call (989) 348-2921, or visit its website at graylingchamber.com.