For the second year, businesses in Forsyth County have a chance to meet other businesses and potential customers.
The second annual FoCo Expo will be held on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. at the Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College to connect local business and the community.
“We had a great kick-start of the event last year,” said Laura Stewart, director of communication and events at the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce. “So, of course, we wanted to do it all again, and it’s a nice way to get everyone together after back-to-school and kind of a last hurrah of the summer.”
Also for the second year, the Forsyth County News will be serving as the event’s title sponsor.
“We are thrilled to once again be able to partner with the chamber on this event,” said FCN Publisher Stephanie Woody. “We believe it is not only a valuable event for local businesses but also a fun time for families to get to experience all that Forsyth County has to offer.”
Stewart said the chamber had hosted a previous business expo in years past but decided last year to shake things up.
“For many years, the chamber hosted a business expo that was very trade show focused,” she said. “Last year, we tried to change things up a bit and really tried to redo it not just for chamber businesses but for them to connect with members of the community at large.”
The expo is open to families and will have inflatables, face painting, balloon artists and more for youngsters.
“We are wanting people to come and bring their families and bring their kids,” Stewart said.
There will also be a raffle for $1,000 cash, along with food trucks and local craft beers from Cherry Street Brewing Co-op.
“We’ve kind of dubbed it a ‘buy local, community event,’” Stewart said. “That encompasses everything from the businesses showcasing themselves to the beers on tap.”
Stewart said the event is an important chance for both businesses and members of the community to learn about each other.
“For chamber members, it’s an opportunity for them to get some exposure, particularly for a local audience,” she said. “I think for families that attend, part of the chamber’s mantra is buying local and supporting your local community and keeping your tax dollars in the community to help everyone’s quality of life.”