Today’s Editorial for October 9: New venue makes Expo cool

As successful as the Chamber of Commerce Business Expo has been since its inception in the early ’90s, one major complaint we have heard year in and year out concerned the venue.

Although the Lions Centre works well for many other events, holding the Expo there in the hot and humid month of October, with hundreds and hundreds of people in constant motion through the aisles, made it just too uncomfortable an environment.

Another problem over the years has been parking and although the good folks at First Baptist Church have helped out in that regard, there is now a median in Shamrock Road that would prevent pedestrians from easily crossing the street.

So this year, for the first time, the Expo moves to the Family Life Centre off Walkers Road. Although a bit smaller, that venue offers one thing the Lions Centre could not: the comfort of air conditioning.

Hopefully, in the cooler and dryer environment of the Family Life Centre, people can take their time and really examine what it is that the 40 companies with booths have to offer.

The new venue will allow organisers to create more interactive displays and to use lighting in ways not possible before.

Sure, there will be freebies at many of the booths and great prizes raffled off, but the Business Expo also gives people a chance to see the latest in products and services available on Grand Cayman. It is also an opportunity to make new business contacts and see old friends.

This year’s theme of ‘Get Connected’ will highlight technology and innovation, making the Expo a good place to find some Christmas gift ideas, especially for those interested in electronics.

Cayman’s telecommunications companies have traditionally used the Expo as a platform to launch new handsets and services, and there will be special deals available for just the weekend.

Also represented at the trade show will be financial service providers; health care providers; businesses that offer security systems; and an array of other companies.

Long considered one of the premier business-oriented events on Grand Cayman, the shift of venue will bring freshness to the Expo that all attendees will no doubt welcome, if only for the coolness of air conditioning.