Mike Allison, with the Stewiacke and Area Community and Business Association (SACBA), said the association took over the hosting abilities this year and is hoping to feature 40 businesses or groups.
“Last year was our first year, but it was hosted by the Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce,” he said, adding this year, the chamber has a number of other projects on the go. “So it’s the first time SACBA is hosting it and we’re hoping to have 40 tables with home-based businesses, community groups, such as sea cadets, and bigger businesses like Home Hardware and Foodland.”
The expo, which runs from 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Stewiacke Community Centre, will showcase a lot of local artists, and small and large business representatives, as well.
“It’s a real opportunity for newer businesses to get known in the community and in the business community,” said Allison.
“For us (SACBA), it’s been a great thing because we’ve signed up three or four new members.”
The association now has close to two dozen members.
“We do have projects and other things we want to do now, like the expo, and we hope to help the town out with Town Days,” Allison said, adding the association also hopes to launch a lunch and learn series, and host guest speakers.
“We’re not just a town group – it’s Stewiacke and area so we welcome surrounding businesses and community groups.”
With more than 100 people in attendance for last year’s expo, Allison said the association is hoping to see about 150 participants. Admission is free. A number of businesses have donated items to be given away as door prizes.
There are still some tables available. Anyone wishing to showcase their business or community group can contact Allison at 902-639-2274, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
IF YOU GO:
WHAT: 2015 Stewiacke Business and Lifestyles Expo
WHO: Hosted by the Stewiacke and Area Community and Business Association
WHEN: Feb. 25, 4 to 8 p.m.
WHERE: Stewiacke Community Centre