Today’s Editorial October 10: It’s Expo time again

The 16th annual Chamber of Commerce Business Expo takes place at the Lions Centre this week.

From its humble beginnings in the early 1990’s, the Expo has grown into one of the most anticipated business events of the year.

More than 50 sponsoring companies will be on hand to promote their goods or services, and many will offer special discounts just for the Expo. There are also loads of promotional goods the sponsors will give away, and many prizes to be won through raffles.

The Business Expo not only gives attendees a great chance to learn about new services and products offered by companies they all ready might know about, but it also gives them an opportunity to see what new companies are offering. And it does it all under one roof.

In addition, this year some 30 vendors from the recently opened Market at the Grounds will set up at the Expo with their local produce and other foods, arts and crafts, plants and trees and other locally produced items. With Christmas just a little more than two months away, it will give residents a chance for some shopping ideas.

One of the main themes of the Chamber of Commerce this year focuses on the environment, and sponsors have been encouraged to showcase their ‘green’ products. As an environmentally-friendly bonus, Expo attendees will receive a reusable shopping bag, while supplies last.

Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital, one of the Expo’s premier sponsors, will also be on hand giving free blood pressure readings, free diabetes testing, and other free services.

One lucky attendee, who is approved for a land or car loan from FirstCaribbean Bank, will win a year’s worth of payments up to a maximum US$12,000. Another FirstCaribbean customer will win a year’s worth of easy living, with the bank paying for their gasoline, food, electricity, water, cell and telephone bills for a year.

Chamber President Angelyn Hernandez said the largest visitor turn out ever is expected for this year’s Expo, and with everything on that’s being offered, it’s easy to see why.

Make it a point not to miss Cayman’s largest business event of the year this weekend.

The Expo starts with an invitation only grand opening on Thursday evening and then runs from noon until 9 pm on Friday and from 9 am until 5 pm on Saturday.