Business Expo draws large turnout at Samoset
Rockport — Walking the spacious conference rooms of the Samoset Resort was like visiting a street marketplace April 12, as visitors moved from one business exhibit to the next, gathering free gifts, samples and information.
This was the 24th year of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce Business and Community Expo.
Chamber Executive Director Tom Peaco said the event featured 110 businesses and nonprofits. The expo was organized by a committee of 10 people from among the chamber's members.
"Members look forward to it each year," Peaco said. He said it was a great opportunity to meet other members of the business community and share ideas.
He said it was also a chance for those seeking work to meet with potential employers. Area employers have been talking to the chamber about the shortage of workers in the community.
The chamber promotes the event as a chance to learn about local businesses and local prosperity. It noted in the brochure, "Our region is open for business!"
Among those in attendance, many were familiar faces. Throughout the exhibition floor, people were seen shaking hands and catching up with old friends. Many noted that there seemed to be a larger turnout than in previous years.
Free popcorn and candy were given out at some of the exhibits, along with other small gifts and free samples. Most attendees were seen walking around with blue handbags loaded with "swag" to take home.