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Canastota: Chamber, FBLA plan expo

For the sixth consecutive year, the Canastota Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Future Business Leaders of America students to hold a business exposition. Future Farmers of America students will once again participate in the planning.

The Market Day and Business Expo will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday April 5 at the Canastota High School gymnasium.

New this year to the expo will be a networking coffee hour from 9 to 10 a.m. on the morning of the show.

"This hour will give businesses and organizations the opportunity to visit with each other before the crowds roll in," said Margo Frink, co-organizer of the expo. "Some business owners have said that because so many people come out to the event it is difficult to go around to the booths and visit with the other businesses. We hope the coffee hour will provide more networking opportunities."

Featured at the show are businesses, clubs and organizations displaying their goods and services, along with vendors offering products for sale. Raffles and product giveaways, free food samples, door prizes and entertainment are just a few of the highlights. The Market Day Caf (c) also will be open serving food.

"This event that not only gives local businesses the opportunity to network but brings the entire community together for one day," Frink said. "Last year and in previous years, the FBLA school students have offered arts and crafts projects for the kids and face painting among other activities.

Last year we had a clown entertain the kids with balloons, Frink said. Every year since the inception of the expo there has been free entertainment and WMCR Radio has broadcasted live from the event."

Last year around 400 people attended the expo, according to Frink.

"At this time we are asking for corporate sponsors," Frink said. "A lot of planning, paper, ink, postage and advertising go into this event every year. Corporate sponsors have helped make it possible."

Corporate sponsorship includes a prominent place in all news stories, print and radio advertising and a PowerPoint presentation during the show, a booth with an 8-foot dressed table, two chairs, trash can and sign and a prominent place in the Business Expo booklets to be given out at the show. The cost is $250.

For more information on the business expo or to become a corporate sponsor, call Margo Frink at 697-7142, chamber President Rick Stevens at 697-8510 or the chamber office at 697-3677.

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