Warwick’s store front and home-based businesses on display in one place for the eighth year in row
Seventy-seven businesses and organizations and more than 1,000 visitors participated in Community Showcase, formerly known as EXPO and now in its eighth year.
The recent Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce business showcase was held at the Middle School on Saturday, March 7.
The annual event was open to the public and showcased area businesses, both store front and home-based, introducing local products and services as well as networking opportunities.
“We would like to thank all the volunteers that aid us every year in unloading and carting all the vendor materials from their cars to their booths,” said Michael Johndrow, executive director of the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce. “This is truly a community effort utilizing chamber volunteers and students from our school district. Without their support, we would not be half as successful.”
The Chamber Directors feel that the Community Showcase is one of their most important programs.
“It is a great opportunity for businesses in our area to interact with potential customers in a relaxed, fun and inviting atmosphere,” said Johndrow. “We endeavor to make this a family friendly event geared at showcasing all types of businesses that are here in our valley and that you may not realize are here. A good percentage of our members do not have storefronts on Main Streets in our villages, so this gives them the opportunity to be on Main Street for a day.”
This was the chamber’s first year having a gift incentive for community members and vendors. As a result, many of the vendors felt that the community was more engaged.
Valerie Zammitti of Zammitti Law, PLLC, won the free table at next year’s event. To qualify for the free table, the vendor had to be present the day of the event.
“It was our way of giving back to the businesses for supporting this event for the last eight years,” said Johndrow.
The winner of the $1,000 cash award was Peggy Gavan, a Warwick Village resident.
The Warwick Valley Chamber encourages and supports new and existing businesses, offers professional opportunities in the area, facilities new partnerships, offers networking, social and educational opportunities, promotes business growth and tourism.
For information call 986-2720 or visit www.warwickcc.org.