Chamber to spotlight small businesses with its new Spring Expo. Updated!


By David F. Rooney

If you own a small, or even a home-based, business here’s an opportunity you should want to take advantage of right away — the Chamber of Commerce’s new Spring Expo at the Hillcrest Hotel on Sunday, May 25.

Judy Goodman, the Chamber’s executive director, said there is room for about 50 businesses to spotlight their goods and services — not just home-based businesses, as an earlier version of this story incorrectly stated.

She said the Spring Expo show will highlight all Revelstoke business, particularly small business and home-based businesses.

“There are a lot of successful home-based business in Revelstoke,” she said in an interview. “This is an opportunity to show you really can make it as an entrepreneur.”

The Chamber had, for years, held a large annual trade show at the Forum. Many of those were quite successful at drawing crowds but interest at staging a traditional trade show waned after the last one in 2010. Big shows like that were, at $10,000 to $15,000, expensive to stage and some local merchants resented the participation of competitors from out-of-town.

This new show should, with its focus strictly on local small and home-based businesses, have a a chance to “showcase products and services to our community,” Goodman said.

The Spring Expo is to be held on Sunday May 25 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Hillcrest.  A special brunch — $14.95 per person — is available to attendees from 10 am to 1 pm.

Goodman said space is limited to 50 businesses and the deadline for registration is March 17.

You can drop by the Chamber of Commerce office in the new Visitors Information Centre next to Pharmasave on Victoria Road or you can click here to download a registration form.