More than 130 local organizations gathered in Frederick Tuesday for the 20th Annual Business Expo.
The event is the county’s largest business trade show, and around 1,000 people packed the indoor sports center to get an idea of what Frederick has to offer.
“I live here, and I’m still always surprised like, ‘Wow, I didn’t realize this was here. I didn’t realize that was there,’ so coming to this expo is really enlightening for me because I get to really see how many businesses are out there in the community that I wasn’t even aware of,” said Pattee Brown, an exhibitor and attendee.
“It’s a really great opportunity for the general public to come in and learn about the diversity of businesses that are here, but it’s also a really great opportunity for networking among all the different exhibitors that spend the day together. So, it’s a win-win for everybody,” said Elizabeth Cromwell, president of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce.
The event, hosted by the Chamber, featured a wide range of organizations, which Cromwell said reflects the county’s business make-up.
“Diversity of the businesses here has really grown, so we have more variety of businesses than we’ve ever had here,” Cromwell said.
And while the recession took a hit on small businesses, local shop owners said business is picking up again and county resources have contributed to their growth.
“There’s a lot of avenues that help businesses in Frederick County, the Chamber, the small business development center is another, so there are definitely resources and organizations out there to help small business in Frederick County,” said Aspire Boutique owner Eileen Foley-Breck.
A cooking demonstration, business fashion show, and panel on military transitioning were also featured at the expo.