An expo of epic proportions was the main event at the Radisson Star Plaza on Wednesday evening. It was the Improving Your Health, Business & Home Expo; a networking event for businesses presented by Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce. You know how there is a chamber of commerce for every town, right? Well, Crossroads is the chamber of commerce for Northwest Indiana.
Businesses from all over the regional came and set up shop in one of the spacious ballrooms within the Radisson. There were a wide variety of vendors that ranged from financial businesses such as Horizon Bank and Centier Bank to those in the medical field like Franciscan Alliance, St. Mary Medical Center and Orthopedic and Balance Therapy to the hospitality field such at T.J. Maloney’s Authentic Irish Pub. There were over 50 vendors in attendance at the Expo making it the largest one yet.
"It has been four years of building and this is the largest traffic we have ever seen. It is great to see," Kelly Dooley, Crossroads Chamber Chair, said with pride.
The purpose of the event was to encourage the people of NWI, businesses as well as consumers, to shop locally. The convenience of having such a large and diverse group under one roof at one time makes for easy networking and advertising for all involved.
Everyone had a great time learning about what each business had to offer. The vendors dressed to impress and set up their booths with colorful displays, slide shows, free merchandise, candy and games to pique the curiosity of onlookers and add to the fun of the event.
Along with the learning experience, there were scrumptious samples given from local restaurants to please the palates or even the most finicky of eaters. New to the Expo this year was Gold Pros as they were buying old gold and silver jewelry from patrons. And those that attended were entered in a raffle to win an iPad 2. So you got to meet people, learn, eat, make some money and possibly win a snazzy new gadget –all in one night at one place. That sounds like a pretty sweet gig.
Sponsors of the 2013 Improving Your Health, Business & Home Expo: Franciscan Alliance –Main Event Sponsor; Star Plaza –Presenting Sponsor; Bryco Services, Inc., Five Star DJ & Karaoke, Gold Pros, Indiana Wesleyan University, Kramer & Leonard Office Products, Performance Plus Companies, Prasco & Associates P.C., Swartz Retson & Co., P.C. –Gold Sponsors.