Members of the area’s business community will take center stage Tuesday at Nash Community College Business & Industry Center for the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Business Expo.
More than 125 businesses are expected as exhibitors this year and will fill the Business & Industry Center main room, hallways and outside grounds as thousands attend Eastern North Carolina’s most exclusive trade show.
The 2011 Expo will feature some exciting new exhibitors both inside and outside. Among them are: A Gold Buying Station by Wade Designs Jewelry where attendees can get appraisals and sell their gold as well as become educated on the intricacies of selling gold; live bird exhibits from Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park; an artisan that makes and sells a wide variety of bird houses and feeders; locally made custom built flat bottom boats; and artisans associated with the Imperial Centre that showcase how pottery is made, showcase a number of local painters with painting demonstrations throughout the day as well as artisan sales of these products.
In addition to the daylong show, the Expo once again will feature the Business Symposium & Luncheon at noon on the day of the Expo under the tent presented by University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina along with partnering sponsors Chair & Equipment Rentals and Outback Steakhouse. The keynote speaker is Lew Ebert, president and CEO of the N.C. Chamber, providing a “2011 Legislative Overview ... How business legislation can create jobs and impact your bottom line.”
The Expo will additionally feature a seminar presented by Mimasheena Burns from the N.C. Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, at the Business and Industry Center from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on “Identity Theft – How to Protect Your Good Name.”
Burns is a Tar Heel native that handles outreach and research for a myriad of issues affecting the state’s citizens and gives presentations on identity theft, frauds, scams, online scams, and red flag violations.
The 2011 Business Expo is a grand day for the community and there’s always something of interest for everyone. From boats, cars, kayaks and small engine yard products to a wide array of business products and services such as home improvement resources, business coaches and services, the latest in copiers and professional print services – most exhibitors share that new customers and leads are great reasons to be at the Expo. Generating these opportunities make marketing products and services at the annual Business Expo an important resource for local and regional businesses.
The Expo will officially open to the public at 10 a.m. and run through 5:30 p.m. Oct. 11 with area businesses set to capture the edge needed in promoting their products and services to Expo attendees – and to other exhibitors. In recent years, the Expo has also generated some excellent business-to-business opportunities for exhibitors as well.
“Every year the show gets better and allows a wide range of businesses to gain visibility in a multi-county marketplace and to renew and expand business relationships,” Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce Chairman Jeffrey A. Batts said. “The business community knows the value of this marketing opportunity, and The Chamber and its partnering sponsors are excited to host a show of this magnitude.”
The annual Business Expo is a large production that is months in the planning and is made possible by Chamber business member sponsors, which include: Progress Energy; Suddenlink Communications; Express Employment Professionals; Nash Community College; Longstreet Large Format Printing and Cutting Company; Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial; Nash Health Care Systems; RBC Bank; B&M Roofing Contractors; CenturyLink; CopyPro; Dexone; Wheeler & Woodlief Funeral Home; Mary Ruffin Agency-Nationwide; Eastern Hydraulic; Pate, Horton & Ess P.A. and Waters Brothers Contractors. The Expo Business Leader’s Symposium & Luncheon is presented by University Health Systems, along with partnering sponsors Chair & Equipment Rentals and Outback Steakhouse. The Expo Business After Hours is presented by Coastal Beverage Company and Planet Fitness, with supporting sponsors Chick-fil-A and Pepsi Bottling Ventures.
The Expo Business After Hours, open to Chamber members, will begin at the conclusion of the Expo at 5:30 p.m. and will feature drawings from the popular raffle held at the Expo, awarding some very desirable and useful items.
There is a $2 fee to attend the annual Business Expo; or attendees may gain free admittance by bringing their business card. Complimentary tickets are available on The Chamber’s website, www.rockymount chamber.org. Visit Expo Central for all the important information and helpful tips for preparing for the 2011 Business Expo.
Lew Ebert became president and CEO of the N.C. Chamber in August 2006. The Pennsylvania native, who holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Millersville University, brought 26 years of state chamber experience to our state. The N.C. Chamber is a nonpartisan business advocacy organization that works in the legislative, regulatory and political arenas to proactively drive positive change to ensure that North Carolina is a leading place in the world to do business.
The N.C. Chamber’s vision under Lew’s leadership is to be the unifying voice of North Carolina’s diverse business community, and the most unifying business advocacy organization in the state.
The N.C. Chamber works to take a forward-looking, pro-active role on issues that will positively impact the state’s business climate and quality of life – shaping North Carolina’s future.
The North Carolina Chamber has a long and rich history as the leading advocate for businesses of all sizes and sectors in North Carolina. The advocacy mission centers on three priority areas: 1) education and workforce development, 2) infrastructure, and 3) competitiveness, or the cost of doing business.