By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Other | Issue: August 2009
Kathy Reynolds, vice president of programs for the Broken Arrow Area Chamber of Commerce, oversees planning of the city’s Home & Business Expo each year.
The Broken Arrow Area Chamber of Commerce has scheduled the community’s 2009 Home & Business Expo for Saturday, August 22, at the beautiful Nienhuis Park. The park is located north of Kenosha on Lynn Lane at 3201 N. 9th Street. Kathy Reynolds, vice president of programs for the Chamber, says, “The Home & Business Expo is designed to spotlight area businesses to both the public and other businesses as they demonstrate the value of their offerings.” Residents are invited to attend the free Expo to show support of exhibiting vendors and to get an eye-opening awareness of the many businesses in the Broken Arrow area. Floral Haven is the gold sponsor of this year’s event.
Chairman of the Home & Business Expo is James Gordon. Clarion Hotel in Broken Arrow is his employer.
This year’s Expo has already surpassed the number of registered exhibitors that participated last year, but spaces are still available, both indoors and outdoors. If you are interested in spotlighting your company’s products and services, or just need more information about the event, please call Kathy Reynolds at (918) 251-1518 or go online to www.brokenarrow.org/chamber/expo.php, where you may also download a registration form. A vendor’s breakfast will be a highlight of this year’s event and will be served from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
The standard indoor booth size is 10 feet by 10 feet. There will be a limited number of outdoor spaces available for companies who have products that are more effectively displayed in an outdoor setting. The exhibit fee for Broken Arrow Chamber members is $190. The non-member rate is $250. If your company manufactures, wholesales, or retails home or garden equipment or products, including children’s play structures, outdoor fireplaces, patios, ponds, landscaping, home materials or outdoor kitchen products, this is the place to show off your business.
“The Expo will have a huge variety of exhibitors, products and services that will be of interest to any homeowner,” says Reynolds. “Everything from home decorating to home utility to low-cost energy products and solutions to outdoor specialty products will be represented.”
The Home & Business Expo is designed to be a fun event for the entire family. There will be scheduled activities for kids throughout the day, and what adult doesn’t enjoy shopping for indoor and outdoor products and services that add to the beauty and value of their homes? And yes, there will be ample food vendors on hand, so you and your family can take a little break and enjoy lunch together.
A $100 award for the Most Creative Exhibit design will be given by SpiritBank. All in all, it is destined to be an enjoyable, entertaining, and educational Home & Business Expo for all who attend.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.