By Wayne Towner
Special to the Times
PARKERSBURG - The Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley will hold its 2013 Business Expo from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the E.L.I.T.E. Center in Parkersburg.
The goal of the business expo is to serve as an opportunity for area businesses to network with each other and also highlight what each has to offer to the general public as well, said Jill Parsons, president and CEO of the Chamber.
The event will be divided into two parts. The first part is from 4 to 6 p.m. today for Chamber members only, serving as a joint expo and Business After Hours activity for the members, Parsons said.
The expo will be open to the general public from 6 to 8 p.m. today and admission is free.
In addition to parking at the E.L.I.T.E. Center, a shuttle van will be running from the corner of Camden Avenue and Fairfax Street down the street from the center if parking lots are filled, said Matt Tranquill, advertising director for The Parkersburg News and Sentinel and chair of the expo.
Tranquill said Denny Huggins, director of Wood County Day Report, has volunteered the Wood County Day Report Van as a shuttle and the vans are clearly marked Wood County Day Report.
During tonight's expo, each booth will be giving a prize for drawings worth $25 each.
"We will be drawing throughout the night starting at the Business After Hours, sponsored by The News and Sentinel," said Tranquill.
Parsons said the expo is an opportunity for local businesses to promote their products, services and business to fellow Chamber members and to the public.
"Businesses and organizations are encouraged to set up booths, displays and demonstrations to showcase your organization. Sign up new customers, sell items, invite current customers to stop by and get a special coupon. Spend time talking with other business representatives," Parsons said.
"The goal of the Business Expo is to promote local businesses," Parsons said. "It is set up with the format that chamber members can find out more about other chamber members and other business in the Mid-Ohio Valley."