Warwick Chamber views this annual event as a way to promote storefront and home-based local businesses
Eighty businesses and organizations and more than 700 visitors participated in Community Showcase, formerly known as EXPO and now in its ninth year.
The recent Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce business showcase was held at the Middle School on Saturday, April 2.
The annual event was open to the public and showcased area businesses, both storefront and home-based, introducing local products and services as well as networking opportunities.
Among the numerous events scheduled, the Warwick Lions Club was on hand all day this year to offer a free kids vision screening for problems that can lead to amblyopia, commonly known as “lazy eye.”
“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 believe 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.”
A major attraction for the second consecutive year was a $1,000 cash prize for one lucky attendee who filled out the form located in the back of the Showcase booklet by speaking to only 10 vendors. The visitor was then eligible to participate in a drawing.
The winner of the $1,000 cash award was Brenda Faulls, a Warwick resident who also happens to be the Town’s Receiver of Taxes.
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.
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