23rd Business Expo all set for October
Celebrating 23 years under the big top, up to 150 Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce members will participate in what has become the ultimate “shop local” meet-and-greet for homeowners, businesses and local organizations. Business owners will set up shop under the giant tent in the College of the Canyons parking lot at the corner of Valencia Boulevard and Rockwell Canyon Road on October 13 and 14 as the annual Home and Business Expo comes to town.
“Expo gets bigger and better every year,” said Gary Choppe, chairman of the chamber’s Expo committee. “It’s an opportunity to showcase chamber members to local residents who want to know what goods and services are available locally or are interested to learn who to call when a need arises.”
The Expo boasts many items for the home or business in one location. Expo can also serve as a place for those new to the area to become acquainted with local businesses. The public is invited to attend Expo’s family-friendly weekend event.
In addition to exhibitor booths there will be special prize drawings. The KHTS Expo Passport challenge returns this year with specially marked passport tickets available at the main entrance and the KHTS AM 1220 booth with a list of participating vendors and booth numbers. Contestants return completed stamped passports to the KHTS booth for prize drawings to be held live on the air Monday morning.
Prizes include a grand prize vacation package for a 5-night land only Club Med vacation for two to a North American zone village provided by All-Travel.com. Additional prizes include restaurant certificates, Southern California attraction passes, and a tankless water heater.
The City of Santa Clarita sponsors the main stage where community entertainment features local talent and exhibition demonstrations throughout the weekend, including performances by Canyon Theater Guild, Dance Studio 84, Fun & Fit Gymnastics, Gym Cheer USA, Elite Dance Studio and Hart High Folklorico. Musical entertainment includes the jazz sounds of Steven Gail, along with the Men of Harmony Chorus.
Saturday begins with a pancake breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. hosted by the Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club. General Expo hours are Saturday, October 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A $1.00 donation for ages 18 and over includes a raffle entry for a big screen television give-away. Food and drink will be available for purchase within the exhibit area.
La Quinta Inn and Suites will host a Classic Car Show outside the main tent on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. featuring pre-1975 vintage automobiles.
Valencia Acura and Lexus of Valencia share center court as this year’s main tent sponsors for Expo 2007. Booth sponsors include Back to Health Chiropractor and Dr. Roger De Sesa D.C., Burrtec Waste Industries, Inc., AV Party Rental, and Newhall Land/Lennar.
Preceding the weekend event, Taste of Expo, the business-after-hours mixer will be held on Friday, October 12 from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. This business-to-business networking event mixes food and spirits for the right combination of social mingling and power brokering. Title sponsor is local wine merchant Vino 100.
For more information, contact Robin Choppe of the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce at (661) 702-6977 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .