REED CITY — The Reed City Business Expo housed local businesses crossing a wide range of services from the local library to a new adult day care hoping to open its doors in 2019.
The 15th annual Reed City Business Expo was held in the gym of the high school on Thursday, Nov. 8 to give local businesses a chance to network amongst themselves and other members of the community from 5 to 7 p.m.
One business used the opportunity to get their name out there and tell the community about the new business and what services are available before opening a permanent location in downtown Reed City.
“This was our first real marketing event,” said owner of Papa’s Place, an adult day care center, Nicole Haney. “It was a great way to get our name out there and let people put faces to the business.”
Haney currently is an administrator at the Reed City Fields Assisted Living on top of trying to open her own business and admits she has not been able to be as involved in the community as she would like.
“When you run a new business, you are involved with that and not much else,” she said. “I have not had a chance to be involved and (the expo) is a good way to get back in the community and see what else is out there.”
Beyond getting back into the community and telling people about her business, Haney also said the expo is a great way to connect to other businesses and make partnerships with services that may compliment her’s.
While many of the booths were geared toward adults, there were some that offered activities for the kids. One was the Reed City Area District Library with their maker station that they recently introduced to the libraries schedule of events.
“The kids have been loving this so far,” said library director Tom Burnosky. “And (the maker station) was a great and easy thing to pack up and bring to show people what the library has been working on.”
But no matter if one was a community member looking at what Reed City had to offer or a business owner looking form relationships with other local businesses, the Fifteenth Annual Reed City Business Expo offered an appreciation for the local businesses, according to Haney.
“It was great to get out there and see all the support from not only the community but the other businesses as well,” she said. “It was refreshing to see the community and the businesses coming together and see how willing others were to help out and help grow the businesses and, inevitably, the community.”