Residents of the Middletown-Odessa-Townsend area are invited to discover what the local business community has to offer during the Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce's sixth-annual “Meet the Pro's Spring Expo” at the Townsend Fire Hall on March 6.
WHAT IS IT?
Residents of the Middletown-Odessa-Townsend area are invited to discover what the local business community has to offer during the Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce’s sixth-annual “Meet the Pro’s Spring Expo” at the Townsend Fire Hall on March 6.
Ninety-three area businesses – including 13 restaurants – will be offering flyers, marketing materials and free samples of their wares at the free event, which will run from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m.
The first 300 attendees will receive goodie bags, while door prizes will be awarded every 30 minutes, starting at 3:30 p.m., with a 50/50 raffle drawing at 6:45 p.m.
The highlight of the evening will be a special ceremony in honor of local celebrity Shane O’Neill, the owner of Infamous Tattoo on West Main Street and winner of Spike TV’s “Ink Masters” first season, as well as the chamber’s four Hometown Heroes, including volunteer organizer Carla Briccotto, Townsend Fire Company firefighter Brian Eide, longtime business owner Dean Hatton and Brig. Gen. Carol A. Timmons of the Delaware Air National Guard.
The entire event will be broadcast live on both 92.9 TOM-FM and 94.7 WDSD.
HOW DID IT COME ABOUT?
The idea for a business expo highlighting M.O.T.-area companies had been bandied about among members of the chamber of commerce’s board of directors for a while before the first event was finally launched, according to Sital Soni, who has chaired the Spring Expo since 2008.
“The first year we held it at Appoquinimink High School, which had just opened, with about 40 vendors,” she said. “It’s grown every single year since then because, I think, the vendors see the value in reaching out directly to the growing M.O.T. community, while the public gets an opportunity to see the products and services that are offered here in person. It also allows business owners and their prospective customers an opportunity to begin those personal relationships that the business world is all about.”
Last year, more than 800 people attended the Spring Expo.
Soni said she expecting this year’s event to be an even bigger hit.
“We’re really excited to be at the Townsend Fire Hall this year,” she said. “The event has moved locations a few times over the years, and the folks at the fire hall have been true partners and come through on all kinds of things that make an event like this so successful.”
This will be the last year that Soni organizes the Spring Expo. After being elected vice president of the MACC in December, she’s handing off the reigns to Nicole Monroe-Cole, who is co-chairing this year’s event.
“It’s quite an undertaking and Sital has done an outstanding job building it into the major event that it’s become,” Monroe-Cole said. “But she’s also shown me its success is due chiefly to our partners in the community, including all the sponsors, vendors, advertisers and guests, and I look forward to working with them all again next year.”
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND
“It’s a great opportunity to learn more about what businesses in the area have to offer. Since we’re heading into spring, it’s a great way to meet landscapers or contractors, for instance, or you can just enjoy the free food and adult beverages that will be available, while also networking and rubbing elbows with our Hometown Heroes.”
-- Nicole Monroe-Cole, co-chair of the Spring Expo