Chamber Supports Community-wide Economic Growth at Annual Business Expo

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At the Garland Chamber of Commerce, we believe that individual successful businesses are the cornerstone of a sustainable economy and that real growth occurs when a community comes together in support of local industry. Each year, we demonstrate this concept by inviting our well-established base of manufacturers to join together with a strong showing of locally-owned and operated small businesses to support community-wide economic growth at our Annual Business Expo.

On April 17, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Curtis Culwell Center, nearly 60 local businesses put products and services on display at the Garland Chamber’s 5th Annual Business Expo, sponsored by Dallas Area Rapid Transit.

More than 350 community members looking to do business with local vendors, find services to better meet their needs or learn more about what the city of Garland has to offer found a wealth of information and resources at the Expo. The Expo was open to the public and allowed attendees to meet face to face with representatives from some of the top companies in the Garland area.

As special, added bonuses in 2014, the Chamber hosted its vastly successful strategic networking event, Direct Connect, at the Expo venue at 8 a.m. as well as an informational seminar later in the day, which featured the well-known owner of Garland-based Lakewood Brewing Co., Wim Bens. Direct Connect got attendees in the networking mode before hitting the Expo floor to practice their skills. Bens’s presentation focused on the challenges and opportunities associated with entrepreneurship and revealed some tips and tricks that got his business up and running.

The Garland Chamber of Commerce extends its gratitude to all attendees, participating exibitors, this year’s title sponsor, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, the bag giveaway sponsor, Wells Fargo, and In-N-Out for donating and grilling up delicious burgers on site. 

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