7th Annual Bizfest event a success


44 vendors attend

By Eva Winemiller



Ashly Lancaster, marketing and communications representative for Northern Hospital, speaks with Sybil Slate, a designer from Texas during the 7th annual BizFest.


Eva Winemiller | The News

Ann Boyd and Dayna Chanclor pose for a photo in front of their booth for Edwards and Associates during the BizFest event held Thursday at Cross Creek Country Club.


Eva Winemiller | The News

Ashley Mills, with the Surry County Schools Educational Foundation, mans her booth at the 2017 BizFest event at Cross Creek Country Club.


Eva Winemiller | The News

Angie and Darin Moser with BNI pose for a photo behind their booth at the seventh-annual BizFest event held at Cross Creek Country Club.


Eva Winemiller | The News

Ben Cooke with Cooke Rentals offers free samples of red velvet cake drizzled in cream cheese icing, on a stick at the 2017 BizFest event.


Eva Winemiller | The News

MOUNT AIRY — The seventh-annual Bizfest went off with out a hitch Thursday, according to organizers.

On Thursday, 44 business vendors set up in the large meeting room at Cross Creek Country Club in Mount Airy in hopes of building awareness among the public.

One vendor, Darin Moser with BNI Platinum Producers, stated, “This event was a great opportunity to get the word out about our business.”

Exhibitors were set up at noon, then heard presentation before the booths were opened to the public at 1:30 p.m. The Bizfest lasted until 6 p.m.

According to Emily Venable, an administrator with the Economic Development Partnership and a key organizer of BizFest, nearly 400 people walked through the event.

“It was a great turnout,” said Venable.

Among those vendors participating were banks, rental and building supply firms, insurers, trucking, pest-control companies, a building and truck accessory manufacturer, the Better Business Bureau, accounting firms, health-care providers and retirement living facilities.

“Overall it was a good variety of vendors,” said Venable. “We had some here from small businesses all the way up to medium-size companies.”

Ann Boyd, a new employee of Edward & Associates, was able to attend the event for the first time. “It’s been very busy with a lot of folks here,” said Boyd.

Throughout the event many exhibitors offered free drawings for prizes among other tokens of gratitude for stopping by their booth. Ben Cooke, with Cooke Rentals, decided to man a cake pop machine for a red velvet cake drizzled in cream cheese icing, made to order on a stick.

Other booths offered office supplies such as pens and business card holders. Among those booths some household items were given away such as pizza cutters and water bottles, even Frisbees.

Randy Collins, president and CEO of The Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce, felt as though the event was a great success.

“We are the business association that serves the region, it’s important for us to invite people in to see the difference in products and services offered throughout the region,” he said.

Collins said that the event will be something the chamber will continue to sponsor in the future.

Ashly Lancaster, marketing and communications representative for Northern Hospital, speaks with Sybil Slate, a designer from Texas during the 7th annual BizFest.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_BF1.jpgAshly Lancaster, marketing and communications representative for Northern Hospital, speaks with Sybil Slate, a designer from Texas during the 7th annual BizFest. Eva Winemiller | The News

Ann Boyd and Dayna Chanclor pose for a photo in front of their booth for Edwards and Associates during the BizFest event held Thursday at Cross Creek Country Club.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_BF2.jpgAnn Boyd and Dayna Chanclor pose for a photo in front of their booth for Edwards and Associates during the BizFest event held Thursday at Cross Creek Country Club. Eva Winemiller | The News

Ashley Mills, with the Surry County Schools Educational Foundation, mans her booth at the 2017 BizFest event at Cross Creek Country Club.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_BF3.jpgAshley Mills, with the Surry County Schools Educational Foundation, mans her booth at the 2017 BizFest event at Cross Creek Country Club.Eva Winemiller | The News

Angie and Darin Moser with BNI pose for a photo behind their booth at the seventh-annual BizFest event held at Cross Creek Country Club.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_BF4.jpgAngie and Darin Moser with BNI pose for a photo behind their booth at the seventh-annual BizFest event held at Cross Creek Country Club. Eva Winemiller | The News

Ben Cooke with Cooke Rentals offers free samples of red velvet cake drizzled in cream cheese icing, on a stick at the 2017 BizFest event.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_BF5.jpgBen Cooke with Cooke Rentals offers free samples of red velvet cake drizzled in cream cheese icing, on a stick at the 2017 BizFest event. Eva Winemiller | The News
44 vendors attend

By Eva Winemiller

Reach Eva Winemiller at (336) 415-4739 or ewinemiller@civitasmedia.com

Reach Eva Winemiller at (336) 415-4739 or ewinemiller@civitasmedia.com

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