By Andi Clifton, Chattanooga, Tenn. — EXPO Chattanooga, which exhibits businesses who offer local products and services, sponsored more than 200 booths for this year’s event, including representatives from the UTC.
University Relations, The Graduate School, UTC Achieve Degree and Online and Distance Learning departments all had representatives present at the event talk to interested passersby.
The event, which is generally busy, sold out this year.
J. Ed. Marston, vice president of marketing and communications for the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, said, “We had a really strong event last year, and this one was even better. We had ten more booths than last year, it is hard to quantify this, since so many people come and go, but generally it seemed like more people.”
Amanda Ellis, marketing and communications coordinator of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, helped coordinate the EXPO.
“The energy at this year’s EXPO was great, and we were pleased to see that everyone seemed to be having fun,” Ellis said.
Marston said he believes everyone in the community benefits from the EXPO, but stressed the perks for students.
“EXPO is a tremendous opportunity for students looking for jobs in the very near future,” Marston said. “It gives them a chance to get the lay of the land for local business, it features a great sampling of local businesses and local employers, and it is a perfect setting to speak to those employers and network.”
The Chamber of Commerce held their Small Business Awards Luncheon the same day, which brought in more attendees to the EXPO.
Other businesspeople including buyers and suppliers were also interested in attending the event to get a feel for other businesses in the area.
Ellis said, “EXPO is also a great way for both business participants and attendees to network, learn about area companies, and explore new vendor or client relationships.”
Plans have already been made for next year’s EXPO and Small Business Awards Luncheon, and has a tentative date set for March 25, 2015.
Follow this story at theutcecho.com for updates on next year’s event.