Business Expo will help park

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Chamber offers donation based on booth rentals

By Ben Carlson

Sports and business have plenty in common at the professional level.
They’ll now have something in common at the local youth level, too, thanks to a decision last week by the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce to donate some of the proceeds it receives from its upcoming Business Expo to purchase athletic equipment for the county park.
The chamber will donate the funds it receives for each booth over 110 that register for the event, according to event chairman John Rennels.
“Our goal is 120 booth,” Rennels said, adding that Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway requested a donation during the chamber’s board meeting last Friday. “Anything over 110 booths will be donated.”
Booths for the annual event remain available for prices ranging from $85 to $165.
Now in its fifth year, the Business Expo has grown considerably from its humble beginnings and features an array of local businesses, civic and charity groups, along with several churches.
This year’s event will feature a kids zone, entertainment and the inaugural Anderson Impact Award, which will be presented to the Anderson County High School football team.
“This if for the team’s community service as well as on-field accomplishments,” said Rennels, adding that along with advancing to the state finals last year, the team has donated its time and muscle to the Healing Field, animal shelter and other community projects.
The award will be presented by former Bearcat quarterback Jacob Russell, who now plays the position for the University of Kentucky.
Rennels said gives businesses and groups a chance to mix and mingle with potential customers and clients.
“It’s a good opportunity for businesses and the community,” he said. “It gives people a chance to see what’s available in their own community — from businesses, non-profits, athletic organizations charities and churches.
The event will also feature displays from the Kentucky National Guard, sheriff’s office, city police and fire departments and EMS.
A chili lunch will be available for $5, with proceeds benefiting the high school band’s booster club.
Rennels said he hopes more businesses will participate.
“Those in the community who have not been a part of this need to be there,” he said.

Want to go?
What: Anderson County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo
When: Saturday, March 24, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Eagle Lake Convention Center
Admission: free
For more information or to rent a booth, call the chamber at 839-5564 or event chairman John Rennels at 859-4706.

Donations to help tornado victims
Non-perishable food items will be collected for the victims of the recent tornadoes.
To donate, drop off items at The Anderson News’ booth inside the Expo.
Questions: Call the paper at 839-6906