20th annual Business Expo today at Harvey
The Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 20th annual Business Expo today.
The Tyler chamber holds the free event to give a platform to its member businesses to showcase their goods and services to other businesses and individuals in the Tyler area, Tyler Chamber Chief Operating Officer Henry Bell said.
"Hopefully this will develop new business relationships with our local businesses and individuals doing business with each other," he said. "Thus the theory that dollars spent are kept local."
Bell said there have been lots of success stories in the past, but some of the most successful have been booth-to-booth networking and contacts.
The expo is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Harvey Convention Center, at 2000 W. Front St.
The first expos had about 40 vendors, and today they have close to 150 each year, Bell said. There are a variety of vendor businesses and organizations. Bell said there were about 5,000 attendees last year, and they expect close to the same this year.