Business Expo draws large turnout at Samoset

By Daniel Dunkle | Apr 12, 2017
Photo by: Daniel Dunkle Nicole Look, left, and Jasmine Erbes of Granite Coast Orthodontics spin a "wheel of fortune" to see what prize a visitor gets at the Business and Community Expo April 12 at the Samoset Resort.

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.

The 24th Annual Business and Community Expo, put on by The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, is well attended April 12 at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Nancy Jeffers runs the Maine Lobster Festival's exhibit April 12 at the Business and Community Expo. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Paul Benjamin promotes the North Atlantic Blues Festival coming July 15 and 16 to Rockland. He has a guitar made out of a car muffler and another made out of a ceiling fan to help promote the blues. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Norrie Thompson of the Strand Theatre makes popcorn at the expo. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Heidi Brown and David Libby of Courier Publications run the company's exhibit at the Business and Community Expo April 12 at the Samoset Resort. VStv also had an exhibit at the event, doing video interviews with business and community leaders. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Liz and Dominic Gioia of Camden Harbor Cruises run an exhibit at the Business and Community Expo April 12 at the Samoset Resort. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
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