BELPRE — The public is invited to come out and experience what the local business community has to offer during the 2022 Belpre Business Expo on Monday.
The event will be held 4-6:30 p.m. at Boxers Bed and Biscuits, 1301 Washington Blvd. in Belpre in the Training Room. It will be sponsored by the Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce, The Parkersburg News and Sentinel and The Marietta Times. Boxers is donating the space that evening.
The Expo highlights the products and services from businesses and non-profit groups in Belpre and the surrounding area.
Karen Waller, executive director of the BACC, said the event will be free and open to the public.
There will be over 30 vendors including many businesses, non-profits and civic organizations from around the area, including outside of Belpre.
“We want to return to the face-to-face contact availability that our members have,” Waller said. “We took time off with the health situation.
“Now with things opening back up we have gotten a great response from everyone. It will be a great opportunity for businesses and non-profits to return to meeting people face-to-face,” she said.
The businesses and organizations will be able to explain what they do to people, their available products/services and talk to them one-to-one, Waller said.
“We’re hoping for a good public turnout,” she said. “There haven’t been many expos available lately so we are hoping to be one-of-a-kind right now so the public can come out and see what is available right now in the Mid-Ohio Valley.
“We have businesses and groups coming from throughout the valley.”
Parkersburg News and Sentinel/The Marietta Times Advertising Director Lisa Northcraft said the expo is a wonderful event for everyone to attend.
“We are excited to accommodate local businesses and give them the opportunity to show off their services,” she said. “After two years of hiatus, we are happy to be back face to face with our community. It will be a fun time for everyone.
“We will be giving away many prizes at the event.”
Waller said prizes will be given out throughout the evening with items provided by the participating businesses and groups.
“They are great prizes and people always enjoy the chance to win,” Waller said. “Everyone gets a chance to win.”
The event is always a festive atmosphere for many in the community, she said.
“The businesses enjoy being able to meet new customers and seeing old friends,” Waller said. “Our hope is to continue our mission to expand business in the valley.
“We are proud to be able to do this. We want everyone to come out and we are expecting to have a great time.”
Signs will be put out to direct people where to park and what entrance to use.
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