Business Expo paves path to Brac community

The Aston Rutty Centre on Cayman Brac recently welcomed exhibitors and the general public to the 2015 Brac Business Expo. 

“Last year, we began this venture in the form of a car show,” said Taylor Foster, speaking on behalf of the groups hosting the expo. 

“The event far exceeded our expectations, so this year we decided to produce a Business Expo allowing more variety for commercial ventures.” 

He noted the purpose was to promote the businesses sponsoring the event, as well as to show appreciation to the Brac community for supporting them. 

Held on Dec. 12, the expo was hosted and sponsored by Hurley’s Media/The Rooster 101.9, along with Car City and the local division of the Department of Commerce and Investment. 

The Rooster radio station brought its sales team from Hurley’s Media, along with representatives from Car City, to collaborate with local and visiting companies, such as Digicel, RoCay and the Security Centre, to showcase their services and products. 

Samone Morgan from Grand Cayman joined the local division of the Department of Commerce and Investment to help build awareness among Brac business owners about new laws and terms for business licensing. 

“We are here to instruct and aid Brac companies with the fact that new and renewed Trade and Business Licensing will require health insurance and pension for qualification,” said Ms. Morgan. 

Other sponsors in the insurance field, such as Island Heritage, Cayman First and BritCay, were on hand to reach out to attendees. Exhibitors from Cayman National Bank, Butterfield, First Caribbean and the Royal Bank of Canada were there to help address banking inquiries for business clientele and other prospective customers. 

Complimentary gifts and handouts were well received, including new products offered up for promotion. Progressive Distributors Ltd. had samples of Niman Ranch mini burgers, pulled pork, and sausages on hand, some of which have not yet hit store shelves on the Brac.  

The Niman Ranch product line specializes in meat products from cattle raised by family farmers using humane methods of production and sustainable farming. 

Business Expo paves path to Brac community
Dan Hewitt, Kenneth Bryan, Taylor Foster, and Woody DaCosta of Hurley’s Media were on hand at the Brac Business Expo. – Photo: Kathleen Bodden-Harris