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Forsyths 2015 Business Showcase scheduled for Feb. 19

CUMMING — Forsyth County residents likely pass a wide range of businesses on a daily basis, yet may be unfamiliar with many of them. The Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce is interested in introducing the two.

The chamber will hold the 2015 Business Showcase from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center. The event will be an opportunity for local vendors to meet potential customers.

“It’s a trade show with a business-after-hours feel,” said Jimmy Lane, director of member services for the chamber. “We’re going to have food vendors, adult beverages and give the business opportunities to display who they are and what they do and hopefully have a captive audience.”

According to Lane, the event likely will draw more than 70 businesses and 300 guests.

“We’re going to have eight food vendors, plus at least 65 other vendors who are not in the food industry,” Lane said.

“Last year was our second year [holding this event]. We had about 250 in attendance … We want the stay-at-home mom all the way up to the CEO of the largest companies in and around Forsyth County to come.”

Though the majority of chamber events have different prices for members and nonmembers, the business showcase will have a flat $5 fee for all.

“Usually chamber members get a discounted rate for attendance at our events,” said Laura Stewart, the organization’s director of communication and events. “But we really want this one to open to the whole community.”

The chamber holds a similar, larger even — the Business Expo — each August, but Stewart said the showcase may be better for smaller businesses.

“It’s a great event for businesses that might be a small business and trade show or expo environments might not be their thing, but it gives them an opportunity to showcase themselves,” she said.

Ultimately, the goal is to help keep money local.

“We want to let community members know about business that are here in their own county,” Stewart said. “Kind of the idea of ‘buy local, stay local.’ That’s what we’re all about.”

Those businesses interested in a booking a spot at the showcase can contact Lane at