Each year members of the Sunbury/Big Walnut Area Chamber of Commerce and the Big Walnut Local School District join forces to host the Annual Chamber Community Expo: Living, Learning & Working in the Big Walnut Area in the Big Walnut High School Gymnasiums.
In its 19th year, the Chamber Expo also featured a Job Fair that allowed local employers the opportunity to screen job applications and interview job applicants.
While attendance at this year’s COC Expo seemed down over previous years, 87 vendors were on hand to provide information aimed at increasing community awareness of the many programs, services, products, and resources available locally in the Big Walnut community.
Chamber of Commerce Board President Cindy Erndt said the evening was a success.
“We’re very happy to be able to provide this annual event for members of our community,” Erndt said. “A big thank you goes out to our sponsors, they made this evening possible.”
Erndt said she was pleased with this year’s turnout, and said the chamber of commerce is looking at additional events to add to its calendar throughout the coming year.
Chamber executive director John Fox said the job fair was an feature that drew in applicants.
“The chamber of commerce is about business, and we had 15 booths that were job fair related,” Fox said. “As people move into the Big Walnut area we encourage them to explore local opportunities for employment.”
Sponsors of the 19th Annual Chamber Community Expo included Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Shawn Marquis Agency, Forman Realtors, State Farm Forman Insurance Agency, Charter NEX Films, Kroger, 3 Bee Data Systems, Westar OB/GYN, Delaware-Morrow Mental Health & Recovery Services Board, Immediate Health Urgent Care, Advertising Products For You, This Week Community Newspapers, Sunbury Chiropractic Center, American Family Insurance Hildreth Insurance Agency, Mount Carmel, Milestone Lane, Tanger Outlets, and The Sunbury News.
For more information about the Sunbury/Big Walnut Area Chamber of Commerce call the chamber at 740-965-2860, or visit the COC website at <SunburyBigWalnutChamber.com>, or stop at the chamber office at 39 East Granville Street in Sunbury.
Local first responders were on hand to ask voters to support the BST&G operating levy.
Sunbury Mayor Tommy Hatfield said if he had to walk a mile in her shoes, he preferred the leopard skin heel number.
Town Crier Roger Roberts encouraged Expo attendees to explore local history by supporting the Big Walnut Area Historical Society.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.