Big Expo trade show returns today

The annual Big Expo, Coweta County's largest business trade show, returns today.

Put on by the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce, Big Expo will be held at the Summit Healthplex on Highway 34 East and presented by Delta Community Credit Union.

It features booths from businesses and industries all over Coweta, giveaways and samples from area restaurants. "It should be great," said Candace Boothby, president of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce. There are more than 80 vendor booths, and some 1,500 people are expected to attend.

The expo will be open to the public from 4 to 7 p.m, and admission is $5. A chamber members-only session will be held from 1 to 4.

New this year, visitors will get tickets to sample from three food booths. Several catering companies and restaurants exhibit and offer samples. "It's a lot to ask a food vendor to come in and feed 1,500 people," Boothby said. "The intent is to sample from our wonderful food vendors so that you find something you like and you will go visit their establishment."

Tickets can be bought at the door or online at www.NewnanCowetaChamber.org . Those with smart phones can just show their tickets on their phones, without having to print it out.

This year's theme is Rock Your World, and the rock star motif will be carried throughout the event. The theme is honor of "LinkedIn Rock Stars" Mike O'Neil and Lori Ruff, who were putting on four seminars. Two were held Wednesday. Thursday's sessions, at the Delta Community Credit Union atrium, will be "The LinkedIn Big Data Connection" at 11:30 a.m. and "Marketing in the Face of the Social Media Storm" is at 3.

Tickets are $49 per session; a super ticket for all four sessions was $99.



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