The 25th Annual Home and Business Expo opens Friday, October 9 with Taste of Expo from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and continues through Saturday, October 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
All events will be held at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex for the first time. The Sports Complex is located at 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway near the intersection of Golden Valley Road between Sierra Highway and Soledad Canyon Road in Santa Clarita.
Sponsored by the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce, the annual exposition is an opportunity for Chamber members to spotlight their businesses and connect with local residents. This year, Expo aims to expand into a full-fledged weekend event with something for business and consumers alike - with the introduction of a job fair, business help center, community entertainment, flu shots, and more.
Expo's theme is "Make It New, Make It Better, Make It Expo." With the sagging economy has come a renewed focus on doing business close to home. Support for local businesses has the added benefit of preserving the community through increased tax revenues.
Whether browsing the main exhibit hall, enjoying community entertainment or learning who is hiring or how businesses can receive help, attendees are encouraged to explore and experience all aspects of this signature Chamber event.
Taste of Expo
Up to 25 of Santa Clarita's well known restaurants and caterers will provide the "best of the best" in local dining fare on Friday, October 9 starting at 5:00 p.m. with Taste of Expo. This event doubles as the Chamber's October business mixer with networking opportunities and typically draws up to 1,200 business people. Exhibit booths will be open during the event.
Expo continues throughout the weekend, transforming into a major opportunity for consumers to connect with local businesses. Nearly 100 businesses and organizations set up shop for the weekend under one roof to promote goods and services.
Business Help Center
For businesses in need of assistance during these difficult economic times, the Business Help Center debuts at Expo. Supported by the Chamber's Economic Development Committee, representatives from various agencies will be on hand to help local business owners learn about resources available to help meet their needs. Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon's office, Small Business Development Center, city of Santa Clarita, and other organizations are expected to provide attendees with the unique opportunity for one-on-one face time. The center will be available on Saturday, October 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Offered in tandem with the help center is the College of the Canyons Fall 2009 Job, Career and Intern Fair. Information related to entry, middle and upper level opportunities will be available, as well as workshops on the topics of employer expectations, interviewing and resume preparation. The job fair joins Expo in the Activities Center adjacent to the main exhibit hall on Saturday, October 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Free Flu Shots
Courtesy of HenryMayoNewhallMemorialHospital, medical staff will be on hand throughout the weekend to administer free flu shots for senior citizens and caregivers. In order to receive a free flu shot, adults must meet one of the following guidelines: age 65 years or older; adults age 18 and older with a long-term health problem, weakened immune system, or muscle or nerve disorder; adults who live with or care for people at high risk for influenza-related complications. Flu shots will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis with 500 doses available on Saturday and 300 doses on Sunday.
Non-Profits, Candidates Corner and Entertainment
The Activities Center will host a Non-Profit Arena and a "Meet the Candidates" corner on Saturday and Sunday. A variety of community entertainment headlines on the main stage outdoors throughout the weekend. Local classic rock band Blue Sky, New World Dance Studio, Fun & Fit Gymnastics and more will perform.
General admission on Saturday and Sunday is $1. Visit www.scvchamber.com  or phone (661) 702-6977 for more information. For daily updates and post event coverage, follow SCV Chamber Expo on Facebook and Twitter @SCVExpo.