The doors opened at 4:00 and the general public streamed into the showroom. Awaiting them were 30 booths representing various local businesses and groups armed with the finest information about their organization, giveaway items and special prizes for those entering their names at each booth. About 300 people attended this year’s expo.
During the show, chamber staffwent around to each booth and gave up the microphone so businesses could tell a bit about themselves before drawing from the names they had collected for the prize giveaways.
“I enjoy meeting the the business people,” said Karen Urbanik. “It’s a chance to put a face with the company. And it’s a lot of fun. Karen was last year’s grand prize winner at the expo.
The grand prize is pulled from the sheet each person is given as they enter the expo. They take that sheet around to each booth forsign-off and place into the grand prize drawing.
“It’s nice to meet other businesses in the area and a great way to say thanks to our regular customers who stop by,” said Janel, working the Marco Island Florist booth. “More importantly, I hope many of the people I met today will become regular customers. That’s what’s it’s all about.”
The event wrapped up about 6:30 and people made their way out with full bags and a smile on their face. The true sign of a satisfied customer.