2014 MPBA Expo hopes to duplicate 2013 success

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Stephanie Taylor (right) manned the Hudson’s Import Service booth at last year’s Mount Pleasant Business and Community Expo. Hudson’s is among the local businesses that have already reserved a booth for the 2014 Expo, scheduled for Sept. 18 at the Omar Shrine Convention Center. PROVIDED

How will this year's Mount Pleasant Business and Community Expo be different from last year's version? It won't, for the most part, according to expo committee member Denise K. James.

There's a reason there will be few changes from 2013 to 2014. The expo, sponsored by the Mount Pleasant Business Association, drew 60 exhibitors and approximately 1,000 visitors last September, and the seven members of the expo committee decided not to mess with success.

Billed as “the biggest networking event in Mount Pleasant,” the expo is scheduled for Sept. 18 at the Omar Shrine Convention Center. Attendees will be able to exchange ideas with exhibitors from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. During the final two hours of the expo, the jazz trio Lyndsey and Friends will perform, wine and beer will be sold and free food will be provided by local restaurants Sticky Fingers, Jimmy John's, My Father's Moustache and Raising Cane's. Door prizes, including an iPad, will be given away throughout the day.

“The expo is all about business, but we're going to have some fun as well,” said James, who is the managing editor of Mount Pleasant Magazine. “2013 was a breakthrough year for the expo, and we expect to continue to grow this year.”

Booths are still available for the expo, but James cautioned that any company that plans to purchase one should do so soon.

“August was our biggest month for booth sales last year,” she said. “If you are interested in the opportunity to speak with a thousand people who might be interested in your product or service, you should get in touch with us right away. We sold every booth last year, and we expect to do the same this year.”

Local law firm Clawson and Staubes is the title sponsor for the Mount Pleasant Business and Community Expo, while Tony Pope State Farm and the Town of Mount Pleasant are supporting the expo as community sponsors.

For additional information or to purchase a booth, call Brian Sherman, expo committee chair, at 843-437-8817. If you are interested in donating a door prize, get in touch with committee member Chris Staubes at 843-557-2026.

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