Lauren Siebert, Reporter
The Third Annual Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce [SRACC] Business Expo will be held Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the A.L. Hutson Center in Highland.
SRACC Board Member Marc Herring would like to extend an invitation to the community to attend and for area businesses to participate in the Expo.
“This is a showcase of local businesses and other businesses that wish to do local business,” Herring said.
The Expo will feature more than 40 local businesses, and will offer the opportunity for the community to come and familiarize themselves with the resources available in the area.
Herring said the Expo is not just a spectator event however, and there will be multiple seminars which relate to business throughout the day, as well as a new take on the chamber’s passport project which takes place during the event.
“We have a photo booth and we’ll change the moniker to relate to the chamber of commerce. We will snap a photo of the individual; it will go onto the front of the passport. The back side of the passport will have a map of the businesses and the guests will be able to go to the different booths and tables of those featured and receive a signature or stamp on their passport,” Herring said.
Herring said he is also working to make the passport more interactive possibly integrating a treasure hunt in the program. He explained the purpose is to encourage those in attendance to interact with each business to learn more about what is offered.
“When they’ve visited all of the businesses, they’ll ‘check out’ and register that passport as completed,” Herring said. “We also plan to make it so they can take part of the passport home with them to place on their refrigerator with a little calendar on it so it is useful.”
For businesses who choose to sign up for the event, Herring said those who are already or choose to become chamber members, can take part in a business-to-business discount program.
The program offers discounts of the owners choosing to other businesses involved in order to generate more revenue while keeping the monies exchanging hand local.
“We’re looking to also create a value card so that members and non-members may take advantage and receive discounts also,” Herring said.
If you are a local business interested in signing up for the Expo, contact a chamber member or call 870-856-3210. A business does not have to have a brick and mortar location in order to participate in the event.