Greenville Expo beneficial for businesses and customers alike

By Curtis Wildfong • Last Updated 10:33 am on Thursday, November 07, 2013

Hundreds of patrons and more than 50 businesses turned out for Greenville Expo 2013, held Wednesday at Greenville High School. 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. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

GREENVILLE — Hundreds of area residents were able to rub elbows with business owners and their staff members as more than 50 businesses were present during the Greenville Expo 2013, held Wednesday at Greenville High School.

“That’s a really good aspect of (the expo), I think,” said Mary Mitchell, who attended the event. “We get to meet people we don’t know.”

Owen Wilson and Shirley Garbow have been attending the expo “since it started” and also enjoy mingling with business professionals and other residents.

“I’ve met a lot of people here already,” said Wilson as he walked the floor of the high school gymnasium. “I like to mingle with people.”

The expo gives businesses a chance to mix it up with current and potential customers.

Clifford Lake Inn Executive Chef Jordan Eyer, right, and Steven Bethka prepare samples of the inn’s cuisine for those who stop by the booth. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

“We like to interact with our guests,” said Metron Community Relations Manager Maria Robertson as she watched her staff spin a prize wheel for people at her booth. “While we do that we introduce them to our services. (Staff) get to get out and meet the crowd. Usually they are inside the building and behind the scenes, but they do all the hard work.”

And that is one of the primary goals of the expo.

“From the business standpoint, getting your name out there is the most important thing,” said Lynelle Wilcox, Greenville Chamber of Commerce events coordinator. “But for residents it is being able to find out what’s happening in Greenville.”

During the event, United Lifestyles put on a cooking demonstration, which showed people how to cook up a healthy Thanksgiving Day dinner. Metron also spoke to the crowd about its physical therapy services and the importance of repairing your body after surgery.

The event was free to the public, although the donation of a nonperishable food item was requested.

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