Business Expo set for April 16

HAMLET — Head over to the Cole Auditorium at Richmond Community College for the annual Buy Local Business Expo, scheduled to run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 16.

The expo, sponsored by the Richmond County Chamber of Commerce, is free and open to the public.

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More than 50 local businesses — from restaurants to retailers — have registered for the event. The expo gives local businesses an opportunity to advertise and showcase specialties face-to-face with hundreds of potential customers and network with other business owners and leaders.

The deadline for businesses to rent display space (6×8 foot tables or an approximately 10-foot-wide display area) is Friday, April 10. To register your business, contact the chamber at 910-895-9058.

“The expo has grown to become one of our most heavily attended events,” said Richmond County Chamber President Emily Tucker. “Each year we have attracted more vendors and visitors to this event. It’s a great place for our businesses to promote products and services and also allows visitors to the expo an opportunity to connect with our businesses.”

Local restaurants and food trucks will be on hand with free samples and other businesses will hold raffles and giveaways. Every 15 minutes, there will be giveaways offered by expo participants.  One sponsor, Maness Tire, will give away one $25 gift certificate leading up to the grand prize drawing of a $300 gift certificate. Other sponsors include Richmond Community College, Mabry’s Drug and Home Care, University of North Carolina Pembroke, Covington Eye Clinic, Pee Dee Electric, Duke Energy and Piedmont Gas.

In addition, Richmond Community College’s Small Business Center will have a one-hour “Ask the Expert” session starting at  4 p.m.  During the session, a panel including a local veteran business owner, tax consultant, attorney and insurance agent will answer your business questions.

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