By Michele Dotson firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2nd annual Biz Expo was held at Blair Road Methodist Church Family Life Center in Mint Hill on Thursday, March 13 from 4 to 7 pm. The event, sponsored by the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce, was well attended with large crowds anxious to see what local businesses had to offer.
48 businesses showcased their products and services, raffled prizes, offered give-a-ways and free samples, and shared information with the visiting public.
The citizens of Mint Hill have long expressed their desire to maintain a small-town feel, and residents appreciate the personal touch of smaller, locally owned businesses.
“This is very exciting,” said Mayor Ted Biggers. “You can just feel the enthusiasm. The businesses are fired up and this is a great opportunity for our citizens.”
Businesses were represented from many different industries, including health and beauty, insurance, educational services, travel, restaurants, banking, pet supplies, printing, banking, floral, landscaping, and dry cleaning, for example.
Complements Salon owner Brenda Lewis moved her shop from Charlotte to Mint Hill about three years ago. She used the Biz Expo as an opportunity to showcase her business to people who may not be familiar with them.
“I have 42 years of hair styling experience,” says Lewis. My other stylists are Jane McLamb who has 35 years of experience, and Maria Mannings, who has 12 years of experience.”
“We don’t do nails,” she says, “but we love to cater to women preparing for special occasions, such as the prom, mother’s day, and we offer service for wedding parties.”
Civic and non-profit groups were also well represented and included both public service organizations as well as the arts.
biz expo 1: The Biz Expo was well organized and offered visitors ample opportunity to visit with each booth and talk with business owners about their goods and services.
biz expo 2: Visitor Donna Baldivid talks with Complements Salon stylist Jane McLamb while filling out a raffle form.