Parkersburg chamber to hold business expo tonight

PARKERSBURG – The Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley will hold its annual Business Expo tonight at the E.L.I.T.E. Sports Center in Parkersburg.

Originally scheduled for March 3, poor winter weather resulted in the event being re-scheduled for today.

“It is never an easy call to reschedule an event of this size, however the safety of our participants and guests was our top priority in March,” said expo chairman Matt Tranquill, advertising director for The Parkersburg News and Sentinel.

“In this case, it has worked out more than we could have ever expected with the Expo actually picking up more vendors for tonight’s event. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel is happy to be able to partner with the Mid-Ohio Valley Chamber of Commerce and all the participants for this great event,” he said.

Approximately 81 businesses and organizations will be setting up booths, displays and demonstrations to showcase their organizations at tonight’s expo, said Jill Parsons, President and CEO of the Chamber.

The Business Expo will be divided into two parts. From 4-6 p.m. today, the event will be open to Chamber members only. During this time The Parkersburg News and Sentinel will host a special Business After Hours to allow Chamber members to network with one another during the first two hours of the event.

From 6-8 p.m., the Expo opens to Chamber members and the general public. Admission is free.

“The Expo is a great opportunity for our members – and actually really any business in this community – to set up a booth to showcase and highlight their services, their products, their teams to other businesses,” Parsons said.

Participation and attendance has continued to grow over the last few years for both aspects of the Expo, the Chamber and the public programs, she said.

“We have some members who have a booth every other year because on the off-year they like to go around and visit all of the other booths,” she said.

“I think it’s important for folks to know the caliber of businesses that we have in our community and what services and products we can get here locally,” Parsons said. “By showcasing with a booth at the expo, you have a chance to reach a great market.”