GREENVILLE — Businesses old and new will be on hand Wednesday for this year’s Greenville Expo … more than 50 businesses to be more precise.
“It’s a very wide variety,” said Lynelle Wilcox, Greenville Chamber of Commerce events coordinator.
Everything from the health field to restaurants and non profits will set up shop at Greenville High School to help promote their businesses and offer patrons freebies and interactive activities.
The event gives not only businesses a chance to spread the word about their services, but also gives residents a chance to see what Greenville’s business district has to offer.
“From the business standpoint, getting your name out there is the most important thing,” Wilcox said. “But for residents it is being able to find out what’s happening in Greenville.”
Officials at Chemical Bank, this year’s sponsor, said they see it as an opportunity to meet new people and also help promote other businesses in the city.
“It’s a great time to get to know a lot of people we might not get in front of,” said Terry Conley, Greenville branch sales manager. “It also gives people a chance to meet our staff.
“It gives (residents) the opportunity to see 50 businesses, and maybe 10 of those they didn’t know about.”
Some of those are the more longstanding businesses, but some are new ones just cropping up in the area.
Wilcox said Greenville alone has seen 15 new businesses already open their doors this year, with another three coming soon.
“It’s definitely rebounding,” she said of Greenville’s economic outlook. “We’ve done a lot of ribbon cuttings recently, which is wonderful because it means new businesses.”
There will be plenty of activities going on during the event, which according to Wilcox regularly sees over a thousand attendees.
For $1 attendees will get a sampling of food from eight different area restaurants, giving them a “taste of Greenville.”
Entry to the event, which is from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, is free but the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, who puts on the event, is asking for a donation of a non perishable food item for local pantries.
There will be competitions between businesses for best decorated and friendliest booths, as voted on by those in attendance. Those who vote are entered into a drawing for a “staycation,” which is hundreds of dollars in gift cards to area businesses.
Some of the free activities include a cooking demonstration by United Lifestyles, which will show people how to cook up a healthy Thanksgiving Day dinner.
The Greenville Lions Club will be offering free eye exams for students pre-kindergarten through 7th grade.
For the kids there will be face painting and Rusty the Clown making up balloon animals.
For more information about the Expo contact the Chamber at 754-5697.