Ray Gora / Lincoln Times-News
The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Business Expo took place Wednesday at the Citizens Center in downtown Lincolnton.
This was the ninth-consecutive year the event, designed as a networking opportunity for those businesses looking to grow.
Chamber President Ken Kindley told the Times-News this week that more than 40 exhibitors participated this year, including five food vendors. Those businesses who sell to other businesses, who are looking to market new products or services or who want to get their names out there are encouraged to participate each year.
Kindley added that he felt fortunate that they were almost at capacity in terms of vendors who had signed up for booths.
Setup for the expo began Tuesday afternoon, prior to the start of the event Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.
A wide array of businesses took part in the expo, which this year had a Hollywood theme. Decorations, including a red carpet, were designed to reflect that theme, and participants were encouraged to dress like a Hollywood character.
Jeff Wilkinson of Jeff’s Auto Sales, the presenting sponsor for the second year in a row, told the Times-News that the event helps his business to not only promote its name, but it also allows it to separate itself from “just another used-car lot.” Additionally, he said he always hopes to gain customers.
Amanda Huffman and Missy Michael of Carolina Eye Care said they have participated in the expo for at least five years, noting that it offers an opportunity to market the practice, to network with professionals and to see what other local businesses have to offer.
Meanwhile, having just opened in August, Gastonia-based CaroMont Health’s Lincoln Cancer Center took part in the event for the first time this year. Manager Carol McCall and Oncology Program Coordinator Margie Owenby said the expo provided a chance for good exposure and involvement in the community. It also allowed others to put a “face with a name,” McCall added.
To learn more about the Business Expo, visit the Chamber’s website at www.lincolnchambernc.org.