MATTHEWS – For the second-straight year, the Matthews Chamber of Commerce will host its long-running Greater Matthews Business Expo at Central Piedmont Community College’s Levine Campus.
This year’s event is on Feb. 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. at 2800 Campus Ridge Road.
The trade show will feature more than 60 vendor booths that will allow business owners to connect with the public. The event is free, and there will be 10 restaurants serving food samples.
“The reception from our chamber and the public has been really good,” Executive Director Kelly Barnhardt said of the venue. “The parking is really good over there and the format, the layout – everybody seems pretty pleased. They also have a good student population that benefits from it, as well. It’s one of our bigger events that involves the chamber members and the public.”
Many of the vendors will give away promotional materials while others may have free raffles.
“That is popular and that is why a lot of the community likes to attend,” Barnhardt said. “They give away some pretty good stuff, and there are bags that people can pick up to collect their goodies with.”
Three workshops will be held during the event. All are free, but participants are encouraged to register in advance for the speed networking session.
From 5 to 6 p.m., the Livable Meck Interactive Twitter Chat will be conducted in what is an interactive workshop on the future of the region through Livable Meck’s Voice of the Community effort. Some of the topics covered include: What are the region’s strengths? Where does the region need more resources? Participants do not have to be on Twitter, but it is strongly encouraged they have an account in order to participate in this workshop.
“They are looking to see what Mecklenburg County is going to look like in 20 years and what that road map looks like,” Barnhardt said. “They really want the public’s input, what is important to the community like the everyday things to the things you really don’t think about.”
Another workshop – Why Hire a Lawyer: When the risks, or rewards, justify the costs – will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. and will be led by attorney Bo Caudill of Weaver, Bennett & Bland, P.A.
The speed networking workshop is a way for participants to find new business associates and expand their network as it brings people together to exchange contact details and business information. Participants are encouraged to bring their business cards.
Want to register?
Visit www.matthewschamber.org or call 704-847-3649 for details.