The Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce will hold its eighth annual Business Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Spring Hill High School.
The Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce will hold its eighth annual Business Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Spring Hill High School. Linda Harrison, 2014 chamber chairperson, said that approximately 100 area businesses will participate, including non-profit organizations.
â€œThe goal of this event is to connect Spring Hillians to our local businesses,â€ Harrison said. â€œPeople come to our expo to see whatâ€™s here, get giveaways from the booths, and maybe win a door prize. But usually they also have the seed of an idea in their heads about what goods and services might be available to them. It works well for both parties because the visitors leave with a bag of resources and contact information, and the owners gain new customers.â€
Visitors to Saturdayâ€™s expo will be entered to win door prizes. Six people will receive a $100 gift certificate to be used at a chamber business of their choice.
â€œThe flexible door prizes are a stroke of genius by the chamber,â€ Harrison said. â€œYou can use them to dine out, to get new tires, or to do anything you can think of at a Spring Hill business. We love encouraging local shopping.â€
The chamberâ€™s first business expo was in 2007, when Harrison was a newcomer to Spring Hill looking to grow her business as a beauty consultant with Mary Kay. Although she had never used chamber networking events while selling with Mary Kay for many years in Philadelphia, she thought the Spring Hill expo sounded like a good way to connect with neighbors and other businesses. Eight years later she is the chamberâ€™s chairperson and a strong believer in its power to boost business.
â€œThe expo and other chamber events are phenomenal at connecting people to businesses,â€ Harrison said. â€œPeople like to do business with someone they already know, and we do all we can to bring about those connections.â€
Harrison encouraged everyone to bring their children to Saturdayâ€™s event.
â€œWe will have inflatables inside the air conditioned auxiliary gym,â€ she said. â€œIt will be cool inside, and fun for kids. So hot weather is no excuse for not coming out to meet and get to know the owners of our local businesses.â€
Staff writer Greg Jinkerson covers Spring Hill for BrentWord Communications. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.orgÂ or follow him on Twitter @JinkersonGreg.