Businesses people and community members gathered to network and socialize with activities, giveaways and food during a day for professionals and the common man.
The North Augusta Chamber of Commerce held its Business and Community Expo at the North Augusta Community Center on Sept. 12.
The event gave businesses and organizations the opportunity to showcase their services, and not only network with one another, but the community members, as well. There were giveaways, Speed Networking sessions and The Taste of the Town to let people come out and taste some of the foods North Augusta had to offer.
“It was great,” said Liz Victor, owner of About Thyme. “I wish we could’ve given food away all day. It was a lot of fun.”
She said the event was a great way to be able to experience the business part of the city.
“It was fun to see all the new businesses in town, because I don’t get a chance to get over to their part of town,” Victor said. “I got to see businesses I didn’t even know we had in North Augusta, so I think it’s an important thing.”
City Administrator Todd Glover said the expo is important because it highlights one of the most essential parts of North Augusta.
“Small business is the backbone of the country, and its definitely the case in North Augusta,” Glover said. “These are the businesses that have traditionally been the backbone of North Augusta for decades, not just a few years, decades. I think as we start growing, it’s important that we recognize the businesses that have been with us for a long time. We’ll have new businesses coming and we’re excited about that, but we want to celebrate the businesses that have been here to support us all along. That is what’s important about this event.”
North Augusta businesses displayed what they had to offer the people of North Augusta, but also show how connected the city truly is.
“This Chamber event is important because our city is all about small businesses and relationships so any chance we get to showcase what our local folks are doing is fantastic,” said Walker Posey from Posey Funeral Directors. “The Chamber did a great job this year expanding the event making it more appealing to local business folk and local citizens so they can know what is just around the corner. We like to support each other, and I feel like our community is a true community that likes to give support.”