America’s small businesses are moving our economy more than ever. The U.S. Small Business Administration reports that more than 50% of Americans either own or work for a small business and small businesses create about 2 out of 3 new jobs in the U.S. each year. Small businesses power our nation’s economy and the same is true at home, evident in the fact that nearly 75% of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce’s membership is comprised of businesses with 20 or fewer employees.
To spotlight our area’s outstanding small businesses the Siouxland Chamber Ambassadors host the Small Business EXPO each year. The 8th annual Small Business EXPO will be held at Dakota Dunes’ newest venue, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Event Center on April 16, 2019 and is free and open to the public. The location provides a spacious exhibit area and exquisite indoor and outdoor seating areas perfect for networking with Siouxland’s business leaders. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks along with many giveaways make for an atmosphere full of energy.
The event is much like a trade show, with 50 exhibitors from a wide array of industries: health and beauty, business services and consulting, insurance and finance, food and beverage, non-profits, and personal services. Guests will learn about many businesses they may not be familiar with. The EXPO allows those smaller companies that may not be able to get away during the day, to attend a Chamber event. What better event to attend than one in which you get to talk about the advantages of your own business and personally answer attendee questions and show them how the company’s products and services can meet business and personal needs.
A popular feature of the EXPO is the Taste of Siouxland which highlights area food and beverage vendors who provide complimentary samples of their culinary delights. Along with many giveaways and drawings including cash drawings from the Chamber, vendors will be displaying and selling their products so attendees will want to be prepared to purchase unique items that will be available.
The EXPO is free and open to the public. Watch for more details on the EXPO on the Chamber’s website, siouxlandchamber.com, or Week at a Glance newsletter. Vendors must be Chamber members. To inquire about vendor opportunities that may still be available contact the Siouxland Chamber at 712-255-7903.
Katy Karrer, Director of Events, Siouxland Chamber of Commerce