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SCV Chamber of Commerce Home and Business Expo set for Oct 9-11

Posted: September 28, 2009 5:53 p.m.
Updated: October 7, 2009 3:30 p.m.
 

The 25th annual Home and Business Expo opens this Friday, Oct. 9 with Taste of Expo from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and continues through Saturday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All events are held on the campus of the Santa Clarita Sports Complex located at 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway near the intersection of Golden Valley Road between Sierra Highway and Soledad Canyon Road in Santa Clarita.

Sponsored by the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce, the annual exposition is an opportunity for Chamber members to spotlight their business and connect with local residents. This year, Expo expands into a full-fledged weekend event with something for everyone, business and consumers alike, with the introduction of a job fair, business help center, community entertainment, flu shots, and more.

Expo's theme is "Make It New, Make It Better, Make It Expo." With the sagging economy has come a renewed focus on doing business close to home. Support for local businesses has the added benefit of preserving the community through increased tax revenues.

Whether browsing the main exhibit hall, enjoying community entertainment or learning who is hiring or how businesses can receive help, attendees are encouraged to explore and experience all aspects of this signature Chamber event.

- Taste of Expo: Up to 25 of Santa Clarita's finest restaurants and caterers will provide the "best of the best" in local dining fare on Oct. 9 starting at 5 p.m. with Taste of Expo. This event doubles as the Chamber's Oct. business mixer with networking opportunities and typically draws up to 1,200 business people. Exhibit booths will be open during the event. Ten food and drink tickets for $20; tickets available at the door or online at scvchamber.com.

- Main Event: Expo continues throughout the weekend transforming into the ultimate meet-and-greet for consumers to connect with local businesses. Nearly 100 businesses and organizations set up shop for the weekend under one roof to promote goods and services.

- Business Help Center: For businesses in need of assistance during these difficult economic times, the Business Help Center debuts at Expo. Supported by the Chamber's Economic Development Committee, representatives from various agencies will be on hand to help local business owners learn about resources available to help meet their needs. Confirmed participants include representatives from Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon's office, Small Business Development Center, City of Santa Clarita, and the County of Los Angeles. The center will be available on Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and provide attendees with a unique opportunity for one-on-one face time.

-- Job Fair: College of the Canyons Fall 2009 Job, Career and Intern Fair moves to Expo. Information related to entry, middle and upper level opportunities will be available, as well as workshops on the topics of employer expectations, interviewing and resume preparation. The job fair will be held in the Activities Center adjacent to the main exhibit hall on Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

-- Free Flu Shots: Courtesy of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, medical staff will be on hand throughout the weekend to administer free flu shots for senior citizens and caregivers. In order to receive a free flu shot, adults must meet one of the following guidelines: age 65 years or older; adults age 18 and older with a long-term health problem, weakened immune system, or muscle or nerve disorder; adults who live with or care for people at high risk for influenza-related complications. Flu shots will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis with 500 doses available on Oct. 10 and 300 doses on Oct. 11.

-- Non-Profits, Candidates Corner and Entertainment: The Activities Center will host a Non-Profit Arena and a Meet the Candidates Corner on Oct. 10-11. A variety of community entertainment headlines on the main stage outdoors throughout the weekend. Musical groups Blue Sky, Done Away With Faye, First Class Funerals, D.E.E. Performing Arts Studio and SOS Entertainment will perform. New World Dance Studio, College of the Canyons Dance, Dance Studio 84 and Results Fitness will provide additional entertainment.

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