The grand opening of the Chamber of Commerce Business & Technology Expo took place last Thursday evening at the Family Life Centre before an estimated audience of more than 1,000 members and guests.
Chamber President-Elect Mr. Eddie Thompson delivered the opening remarks and reassured the audience that the Chamber of Commerce is ready to assist its membership during this period of economic uncertainty.
‘During these times, it is more important than ever that you turn to the Chamber of Commerce for assistance. Your Chamber is your partner in business and community success. Continue to market your businesses and work with the Chamber to support events, programmes and activities such as the Business Expo and international trade missions. By working together, we can continue to build a stable community and vibrant economy that is able to withstand the shocks in the globalised world that we live in,’ said Mr. Thompson.
He added that the Chamber Council will be introducing a Small Business Development Council to assist with developing programmes and initiatives that will help to lower costs and provide regular communication about small business issues to the Council.
The inside of the Family Life Centre was bathed in blue and other luminescent lights generating a technological environment which, when coupled with the air conditioning, created a cooler atmosphere.
‘It was the first time that Stepping Stones Recruitment & Training participated and we are thrilled at the response. It is the perfect opportunity to show case all of our recruitment, training & immigration services and a wonderful way to increase our visibility within the community,’ said Mrs. Milly Serpel, managing director of Stepping Stones. ‘I really liked the new venue and think everyone enjoyed the air conditioning. Thank you and well done to the Chamber of Commerce.’
Forty businesses participated in the Expo this year. For the third year in a row, Butterfield Bank received the Best Multiple Booth award. The Butterfield team transformed its Bank of the Future themed classroom into the bridge of a spaceship, complete with star fleet officers. Visitors to the spacecraft entered to win a trip to Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida, two nights’ accommodation in the Hard Rock Hotel and airline tickets.
The Audiophile, a first time exhibitor at the Expo, won the Best Single Booth Award.
Young Caymanian Entrepreneurs Mr. Malcolm Eden, Mr. Rohan Bromfield and Mr. Tony Coe transformed their booth into a mini home theatre complete with 46-inch Mitsubishi Diamond series flat panel television, Revel floor standing speakers and KEF floor standing speakers.
Mr. Thompson and Tourism Minister Charles Clifford presented the awards to Butterfield Bank and The Audiophile.
Pictures of this year’s Business Expo can be viewed online at www.businessexpo.ky