Published Thursday, October 20, 2011

Big Expo trade show today at Summit Family YMCA

By Jeff Bishop

The Newnan Times-Herald

Coweta's annual Big Expo trade show returns today, featuring more than 100 exhibitors.

About 2,000 people are expected to attend this year's event.

The annual event, organized by Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce, will be held again at Summit Family YMCA, 1765 Hwy. 34 East.

There will be a chance for exhibitor networking at a special exhibitor lunch from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. before the show opens to the public for general admission. The exhibit area will also be open exclusively to exhibitors and Chamber members from 1-4 p.m.

A panel, "Coweta Means Business," will also be held for exhibitors from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Delta Community Credit Union Atrium.

The exhibit hall will open to the public from 4 to 7 p.m. Admission for the general public is $5 at the door. Chamber of Commerce representative say the Expo offers "a competitive shopping experience and features the newest products and services in Coweta and the metro Atlanta business market."

Along with the showcase of products and service is the popular sampling of menu items from area restaurants.

The annual event offers "a great opportunity for businesses to network with potential clients, and with one another," said Monica Millians, who is helping coordinate the event for the Chamber.

"The Big Expo is the one event that provides the most number of business-to-business contacts under one roof, in a short period of time, for the most reasonable cost," Millians said.

The 100 booths and exhibits will offer all participants a chance to "reconnect with business partners and friends," she said, and to "discover new vendors and taste great foods" by sampling "some of the area's finest restaurants."

Attendees are always "receptive to buying and seeking new ideas," she said.

There will be no charge for Summit YMCA members from 4-7 p.m.

The YMCA says it expects "heavier-than-usual traffic," but its wellness and aquatic centers will be open and available for member use. The lower parking lot will be reserved for YMCA members.

The Big Expo "just gets better every year," Chamber President Candace Boothby said.

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