Chamber to host business expo

ALBANY, Ga. -- Local business representatives and consumers will have the chance to interact at an event hosted by the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce in September.

The Business Expo 2010 will return after a year absence, said Meghan Duke, events and outreach coordinator for the Albany Area Chamber.

"May 2008 was when we had our last business expo because we took a year off to try to make it better. I think we have," Duke said.

The Business Expo is the only chamber event that is open to the public, and chamber officials say it will provide a great opportunity for businesses and consumers to learn more about each other.

"It's great exposure for businesses in Albany," Duke said. "They will be able to meet face-to-face with their clients, and consumers will get a chance to take a closer look at products and services from local businesses."

The events and outreach coordinator said consumers might enjoy the chance to browse several businesses whose hours of operation conflict with consumers' schedule.

"Our goal is to have 70 booths, or 70 businesses (at the expo), and we expect 1,000 attendees," Duke said.

The expo will include door prizes and giveaways from area businesses, and attendees will also be able to help a great cause by donating blood to the American Red Cross, which will have representatives at the event.

The Business Expo will take place on Sept. 23 at Darton College's new student center from 3:30 p.m.-7 p.m. with a special "business only" hour from 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. The event will open to the public at 4:30 p.m.

Admission to the event is free with a valid business card or is $5 per person.

For more information, contact Duke at (229) 434-8700 or e-mail her at mduke@albanyga.com.