MONROE – The Union County Business Expo attracted more than 50 companies March 21 at the Union County Agricultural Center.
The event was an excellent opportunity for business owners, new or experienced, to network with one another. It’s one of the Union County Chamber of Commerce’s signature events.
Chamber membership starts at $300 a year for individuals or nonprofits. Business memberships start at $395, depending on the number of employees. However, chamber staff and members stress the fee is an investment.
“It’s an opportunity to network with other non-profit organizations, as well as businesses, in the community so that we can build those collaborations,” said Melita Mitchell, a member of the chamber’s board and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Gina Shinn and Kristen Warden both own entertainment stores.
Shinn, of Masquerade Designs LLC, said membership in the chamber led to fellow businesses hiring her for anniversaries and spring flings. She has also gained exposure from local media outlets.
Face Art and More has been open for 15 years. Warden said her family-owned business has noticed increased exposure and customer flow since joining the chamber two years ago.
“It’s a great networking opportunity, all you have to do is engage, come to the meetings, come to our luncheons, and go to our open houses – just watch the calendar,” said Gene Robbins, a board member and owner of Robbins & Associates Insurance Agency.
Companies can participate as much or little as they desire, but the more they participate, the better, Robbins said, because you meet a lot of awesome people.
Mitchell pointed to leadership development as another perk, particularly through groups like Young Professionals and Women in Business.
“It’s also a great opportunity to make a difference if you want to be a person who’s in on businesses that are making decisions for our community to make sure we have a great place to live, work and play this is the place to be,” Chamber President Pat Kahle said.
Want to know more?
Call 704-289-4567 or email info@UnionCoun tyCoC.com for details.