COMMUNITY CONNECTION

Local businesses, community organizations showcased at annual expo

REED CITY — Judy Kailing made it a point to check in at the Reed City Area Chamber of Commerce’s 13th annual Community and Business Expo on Thursday, Nov. 3, at Reed City High School.

Kailing and hundreds of others were able to learn more about the local businesses and community organizations serving the Reed City area and the products and services they have during the annual expo.

“I heard about it, and I wanted to see if there were any new businesses in Reed City,” she said, finishing up a ring-toss effort at the West Michigan Credit Union booth. “It’s great to see so many people.”

There was a line at the Head to Toe Salon booth, as employees were providing free massages to those walking by. Other booths offered balloons, magnets, water bottles, candy, coupons, deals and more.

Reed City Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Chastity Eads said 35 businesses and organizations participated in the expo at the cafetorium.

“It’s a great way to present their business or organization to the community,” she said. “The get to have important face-to-face time with potential clients or customers.”

Eads said the expo is one of the more fun events for the chamber to host.

“The businesses are big supporters, many of them donating items for the drawings throughout the expo,” she said. “It’s also a networking event for the business. Everyone is so busy with their work and what they have to get done, they don’t always get to see what even some of their neighbors are doing. This is an opportunity to see each other.”

This year’s expo also provided area residents a health fair and flu clinic, giving them the opportunity to get a flu shot.

Among the dozens of businesses and organizations hoping to connect with community members included Tubelite.

“We want people to know that Tubelite is growing and we are always looking for good people to join the team,” said Steve Jaskolski. “We’re happy to be part of the community”