VALDOSTA -- More than 700 people took the opportunity Tuesday evening to learn more about businesses in the community and what they have to offer by visiting the Business to Business Showcase at the Valdosta-Lowndes County Conference Center.

Hosted by the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce, the Showcase featured more than 100 vendors displaying their goods, products and services for the benefit of other businesses.

"We're new Chamber members, and we were invited to come to see what this is all about," said Luther Williams, a visitor to the event along with his wife, Sallie. The couple own Fabulous Fashions and Accessories Boutique on St. Augustine Road.

"We wanted to see what else is out there and want more exposure for our business," said Mrs. Willliams. "We made some good contacts tonight."

Business was also going well for the Chamber as Membership Development Coordinator Paula Brown said she had already signed up three new members and was working on her fourth of the evening. "It's been fabulous. There have been so many diverse businesses represented here. The traffic's been great all night," she said.

Joining the Chamber Tuesday were South Georgia Lawn Care, Project Depot, and Divine Cleaning Service. "We couldn't be more pleased with this turnout," said Brown.

Vendor Jordan Haines of Valdostabiz.com, a Web design and promotional item company, said he was looking forward to visiting some of the other exhibits to learn more about other businesses in the community. "Being a Chamber member is really fun. This is a great way to network," he said.

This was the second year for the Showcase. The exhibit hall was completely sold out for the event, according to the Chamber's Member Services and Marketing Coordinator Marilois Owens. The Valdosta Daily Times was the Grand Master Sponsor for the evening, with a number of media and restaurant sponsors.

One of the sponsors, Sheldon Presser of Fox's Pizza @ Funstreet said, "I think it's a great idea and a good opportunity to meet other business people." Presser was serving pizza to visitors and was taking the opportunity to promote upcoming events at his restaurant, including visits by Frankenstein and the Mummy in October.

The exhibit hall included a tech alley area with businesses promoting cell phone service, Web design and a variety of telecommunications products, a media area, with local radio and television personalities and a health promotion area, with hospitals and health services companies demonstrating products and discussing events and seminars available to the public.

The event is one of two business expos the Chamber offers each year, with a larger, all day event held in the spring.



To contact Business Editor Kay Harris, please call 244-3400, ext. 280.

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