Don’t wait: North Dundas Local Business Expo booths still available for April 27 Winchester show

Just over half way to selling out; 50 booths now taken; register now

WINCHESTER — Available booth space in the upcoming third annual Local Business Expo is about halfway subscribed as North Dundas builds momentum toward the Saturday, April 27, event at the Joel Steele Community Centre (Winchester arena).

Whether North Dundas Chamber of Commerce members or not, all businesses are encouraged to sign up for a booth as soon as possible — lest they miss this once-a-year opportunity.

As of Monday of this week, 50 of approximately 90 available spots have been snapped up by local enterprises eager to get in on the popular community showcase — also a fabulous chance to meet and greet 1,000 potential customers anticipated during the seven hours of the admission-free event (based on prior years’ experience).

Below, former North Dundas mayor Eric Duncan livestreams at the 2018 event. Article continues further below. Also see the official Facebook event (be sure to indicate your interest!) followed by a map of the show site.


The latest booth-rental figure was presented this week to the joint organizing committee involving both entities staging the Expo — the Chamber and the Township of North Dundas.

Early-bird registration began with Chamber members during the second half of January, expanding to all comers in February.

The registration process continues online exclusively (click here to register), and the benefits of membership still apply: Chamber members pay a discounted booth price relative to non-members. (And yes, it’s still possible to join the Chamber immediately in advance of renting a booth, by purchasing a membership on the Chamber website first. But again, membership is not necessary to rent that all-important Expo booth before they all disappear. It’s up to each individual business to decide what makes the most economic sense to them.)

Booths are available with power (stipulate during registration), and the interior of the Winchester arena will be bathed in free wi-fi courtesy of Storm Internet Services. Tables, chairs and drapery are all available for rent as well.

In total, the building has been carved up into 62 10-by-10-foot booths on the arena floor (similar to last year) plus 28 smaller booths in the upstairs “marketplace” (slightly tweaked from last year).

See video footage below of the “sights and sounds” of the first annual Local Business Expo in 2017.

Offering a fun time to peruse the goods and services available in the community, the Expo will also feature a handful of food vendors and a stage buzzing with activities and demonstrations through the day.

Mayor Tony Fraser. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Mayor Tony Fraser cast the upcoming Expo as part of a dynamic “shared success” between the Chamber and township on a number of fronts. “I’m sure we’re going to have a third year of success at this [the Expo]. It’s an incredible event,” Fraser remarked at the Chamber’s recent annual general meeting. “Kudos to your efforts and the partnership that has been carried forward with Township of North Dundas staff.”

“It’s people like you that drive us,” Fraser also observed of the entrepreneurial class in the township,  “that allow people to come to our community. It attracts developers, it attracts other business. It’s vitally important that the relationship continue between the Township of North Dundas and our business people…. I don’t think it’s fair to call yourselves small business … It’s not small, it’s very large. And without that we wouldn’t have the shared success we have in our community.”

Organizers are also bullish on the timing of the Expo: A number of coinciding events are again slated in the area, but it’s believed this will only augment daytime traffic into Winchester on April 27.

Below, NVN’s promotional video for last year’s Local Business Expo.

All aboard the North Dundas Chamber of Commerce coupon book!

Deadline for businesses to take part in this initiative is Friday, March 8

NORTH DUNDAS — Forty North Dundas businesses lucky enough to get their foot in the door first will feature in a new ‘Shop North Dundas!’ coupon booklet being produced by the local Chamber of Commerce.

A first for the organization, plans call for 500 copies to be distributed to the public at a nominal fee during the Chamber’s upcoming annual North Dundas Expo, April 27 in Winchester.

The 500 individuals that end up holding those wallet-sized coupon books are “500 potential customers” for the participating businesses, the Chamber points out. And those individuals will have access to an estimated combined savings of several hundred dollars on the enclosed coupons (the final figure will depend on the actual discounts offered by the 40 participating vendors).

Susan Marriner of Marriner Design (left), designer of the coupon book, and North Dundas Chamber of Commerce Coordinator Mary Tessier, discuss the planned initiative at the organization’s Feb. 20 annual general meeting at Winchelsea Events.  The slide in background suggests the coupon book carries a value of $475 to the local shopper, since re-estimated upward to several hundred dollars. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Only 40 spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis, closing at the end of the business day this Friday, March 8. North Dundas Chamber of Commerce members pay a $75 fee for inclusion in the book; a $10 surcharge applies on non-Chamber members.

Marriner Design’s Susan Marriner — having recently revamped the Chamber’s logo — has already created the basic book design — minus the coupons inside. Printing and coupon design are set to be handled by Winchester Print.

Participating businesses are required to provide an already designed element that can be easily re-worked, such as an advertisement or a business card. See the applicable page on the Chamber’s website for information on payment and submission of coupon designs.

Originally hatched by former North Dundas Chamber of Commerce President Rachel Potvin, the coupon book concept was further developed and brought to the organization’s annual general meeting at Winchelsea Events last week.

While the initiative is the first coupon book put out by the Chamber, the organization is no stranger to issuing paper to spur local shopping: The organization’s longstanding ‘Chamber Bucks’ program fits into that category.

This article was updated to reflect that non-Chamber businesses are now eligible to take part in the coupon book initiative.

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