Reed City expo enlightens community to local resources

REED CITY — Hundreds know more about the community in which they live, following the Reed City Community and Business Expo, which took place on Nov. 5.

Hosted by the Reed City Area Chamber of Commerce, the event showcased local health organizations, nonprofits, service providers, banking, retail and manufacturing representatives. In addition, lucky attendees took home door prizes such as gift certificates, gift baskets and coupons which were donated by the vendors.

"It's exciting and the expo brings people together," said Reed City Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Chastity Eads. "We have a lot going on at the high school today because of the parent-teacher conferences and the volleyball game, and it's great to coordinate all these activities in one location. I think the nice weather has been helpful, too. People want to get out and enjoy before it gets too cold out."

Community Mental Health of Central Michigan had one of the many vendor booths, where home-based therapist Haley Stone was handing out candy, notepads and information about what the service organization provides. She said she was enjoying herself at the annual event.

"I work a lot in the community, so it's nice to see many other community providers here," Stone said. "It's cool to see everyone in one place. We try to get out in the community as much as possible."

Though hundreds visited the expo, Eads said she hopes a new layout created a positive change to traffic flow so attendees were not cramped into smaller spaces between booths. This year's set-up was changed to have a circular flow, and Eads believes it was a successful adjustment.

"It gives wider spaces for people," she added. "I think it's working very well, so as long as I can fit our businesses in here, I will probably continue it."