Local Business Expo draws an estimated 1,200 visitors

On stage at the opening of the 2019 Local Business Expo (from left) are North Dundas Chamber of Commerce board members Susan Marriner, Gary Annable (township council rep), Cheryl Beasley (Vice President), Eric Duncan and North Dundas Mayor Tony Fraser. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

WINCHESTER — In the glow of a successful third annual Local Business Expo that drew an estimated 1,200 visitors to the Joel Steele Community Centre, organizers with the North Dundas Chamber of Commerce and Township of North Dundas are set to meet shortly to discuss feedback from the show and brainstorm on potential new ideas and improvements moving forward.

“Last year was a resounding success, and this year it appears we exceeded the number of visitors that came to the Expo in 2018,” noted North Dundas Chamber of Commerce President Nelson Zandbergen, who had opened the April 27 event with the assistance of North Dundas Mayor Tony Fraser.

Despite competition from similar shows that day in Morrisburg and Kemptville — and as far away as Ottawa and Brockville — the 2019 Expo in Winchester featured just over 100 individual exhibitors and maintained good crowds on both levels of the arena through the day.

Jordan Holmes of Dundas Performance and Secured Holmes said it was “definitely worth” having a booth at the Expo again, as the firm developed a number of leads as a result.

Peter Vanderlind of Storm Internet similarly reported his company would be following up on a number of potential new customers after hearing from them at the show.

The Expo stage was again a hive of activity — reaching a new level of interest in 2019 with Main Street Clothing Company’s special guest, celebrity fashion expert Lynn Spence. With all chairs taken, it was standing room only as the television personality and Main Street Clothing Company proprietor Lisa Williams presented some of the line from the Winchester store. Later, RBC’s special guest Olympian Michael Tayler delivered a talk on his experiences.

Very well promoted through all media channels, advance publicity for the 2019 Expo also got a boost from from a Nation Valley News-produced video that reached over 25,000 people on Facebook alone.

Below, Lynn Spence presents at Local Business Expo 2019. (Placement of the stage speaker caused some problems with audio quality.)
Below, Olympic kayaker Michael Tayler speaks on behalf of RBC.
Below, a JWSD – Dance Performance.




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