The Chamber of Commerce is planning a free water-themed Cherokee Business Showcase on Thursday, with a wide spectrum of participants and a complimentary Taste of Cherokee for those who stop by during lunch.
Cherokee Chamber President and CEO Pam Carnes said the expo will give people a chance to see the new Cherokee County Aquatic Center, while learning about the various businesses in the area.
The Chamber will give away eight family one-day passes to the aquatic center as part of the event.
Carnes said businesses can decorate their booths in a water theme and people can vote for their favorite booth and be entered into a drawing for aquatic center passes.
“Attendees to the event are going to get to vote for the People’s Choice, and when they vote, their vote goes in not only to be counted toward the People’s Choice winner, but that’s where we’ll draw for the aquatic center passes.” Carnes said.
The Cherokee Business Showcase goes from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday, and many local restaurants and caterers will be participating in the Taste of Cherokee from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.
“It’s a variety of restaurants and caterers that will give out their samplings, and there’s no cost,” Carnes said.
Businesses including the Canton Marketplace Starbucks, Center Cut Catering, Cupcakelicious, Winchester’s, the Holly Springs Shane’s Rib Shack and Frosty Frog Creamery are participating in the Taste of Cherokee.
“It is business-to-business, with Chamber members coming, and one exhibitor networking with another, but it’s definitely business-to-community. The business community wants consumers to visit the event and learn more about who they are and what they do,” Carnes said.
The event is free, and more than 40 exhibitor booths are planning to set up for the showcase. Carnes said this is the first year the event has had a theme, which is “making a splash in 2013,” and will be at the Cherokee County Aquatic Center, at 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway in Holly Springs, off of Interstate 575 exit 11.
“They’re supposed to just follow a water theme, we didn’t restrict them on if they chose to do that for lake or beach or pool,” Carnes said. “I know businesses that have been working very hard on their creative setup, so we’re anxious to see what they’ve done.”
Voting for the People’s Choice award will take place throughout the entire event, Carnes said. The booth that wins the People’s Choice award will receive a $100 discount off of their booth for next year’s event.
Carnes said that the Best in Show booth will be chosen early in the event by judges, and the winning booth will get a free booth at the event next year.
“There will be exhibitor booths, giveaways and door prizes,” Carnes said. “The giveaways and door prizes are all based on what the businesses choose to give away.”
For more details, Carnes said to visit www.cherokeechamber.com/businessexpo.htm.