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.
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