By Wendy Holdren
The Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce’s 20th annual Business Show kicked off Friday with Business After Hours, and the event will be open to the public today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission and parking are free for the event, where everyone is encouraged to come out and see what their local marketplace has to offer.
This year’s Business Show coincides with the Kentucky Derby, so the theme is “Race Your Business Into the Winner’s Circle.”
The City of Beckley embraced the theme, as its booth worker, Councilwoman Ann Worley, was dressed as a horse jockey.
“We’re the city of champions,” Worley said enthusiastically.
A horseshoe game and coloring wall is set up for kids at the City’s booth, as well as a business survey to help generate ideas for the comprehensive plan.
A Relay for Life booth is also set up at the Business Show with the theme “Carnival of Hope.”
Pat Davis said she hopes everyone will stop by the booth and get motivated to become involved with Relay, which is part of the American Cancer Society.
Ellen Taylor, president and CEO of the BRCCC, said there are lots of prizes and giveaways available today. A gas grill will be given away as well as several bicycles for the kids.
She said more than 50 vendors are at the show and it’s a great way for the community to show its appreciation.
“These businesses do a lot for the community, so we’re hoping the community will come out and support these businesses.”
She added, “Buy local, save jobs.”
For more business show information, call 304-252-7328 or e-mail email@example.com.
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Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Business Show
Join these 2013 exhibiting members in the “Winner’s Circle” at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center:
Access Health / Community Health Systems
Academy of Careers & Technology
American Cancer Society Relay for Life
Beaver Coal Co.
Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital
Beckley Newspapers — The Register-Herald
Bluefield State College
Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia
City National Bank
City of Beckley
Cornerstone Financial Group
ERA Advantage Realty
Hospice of Southern West Virginia
Jan Care Ambulance
KISRA : Kanawha Institute for Social Research & Action Inc.
KISS FM : West Virginia-Virginia Media
Laxton’s Heating, Cooling & Electrical
Mary Kay Cosmetics by Julie Alkire
New River Community and Technical College
Raleigh County Commission on Aging
Raleigh County Memorial Airport
Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority
Raleigh General Hospital
RICOH of America
Security Group Services LLC
Southern Communications Radio
Summit Community Bank
The Resort at Glade Springs
United Way of Southern West Virginia
University of Charleston
Visit Southern West Virginia
Western & Southern Life Insurance
WOAY TV 4
WV Miners Baseball
WVNS TV 59 News