Shop Payson Expo - A suc­cess!

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Hun­dreds came out to the Shop Payson Expo on Satur­day, June 21, an event hosted by the Payson Cham­ber of Com­merce. There were over 30 lo­cal businesses in at­ten­dance at the event. The Payson Cham­ber has not had an event like this in about a decade. The new cham­ber pres­i­dent, Colin Logue, wanted to bring this event back to the pub­lic to en­cour­age Payson res­i­dents to shop lo­cal. “We have ev­ery­thing we could want right here in our town and we need to show the pub­lic there is no rea­son to travel far,” says Colin Logue.

The event at­tracted hun­dreds of lo­cal res­i­dents with prizes and give­aways do­nated by Payson businesses. The items in­cluded an iPad Mini cour­tesy of Mount Nebo Law; $500 gift card cour­tesy of Big O Tires; $250 gift card cour­tesy of The Edge Cus­tom Shop; var­i­ous goodie bas­kets cour­tesy of Nebo Com­fort Sys­tems, Lo­cal Ched­dar, Amer­ica First Credit Union, Gun­ner­son Den­tal, It Works and Wash-N-Wag; 2 rounds of golf cour­tesy of Strait Line Fi­nan­cial; a free bouncy house rental cour­tesy Party Hop­pers; and many lo­cal gift cer­tifi­cates from Clas­sic Beauty & Bar­ber, Serve Daily, Behling In­sur­ance, Payson To­tal Fit­ness, Fat Jack’s Pizza, and more. The most de­sired item in the give­away was a 49” TV cour­tesy of Wal­mart; who also pro­vided the space in their park­ing lot to host the event for free to the Payson Cham­ber.

Lo­cal busi­ness own­ers were ex­cited to greet the Payson res­i­dents face to face. Rory Adams of Farm­ers In­sur­ance greeted cus­tomers with free bal­loons, Party Hop­pers pro­vided a bouncy house for the kids to play in, Taco Bell handed out free tacos and Bread by Erika handed out free sam­ples of her fresh made bread. Mark VonWup­per­feld owner of Party Hop­pers says, “I’m glad to see the cham­ber pro­mote small businesses in our town be­cause it is hard to com­pete with the big­ger shops.” Lorene Moore of Nebo Com­fort Sys­tems said “It was a great op­por­tu­nity to meet with the lo­cals and many people told me they were sur­prised that they didn’t have to go to Provo or even Span­ish Fork for the ser­vices they need. I even got two big jobs that day.” Lois of Behling In­sur­ance is al­ready look­ing for­ward to next year’s show and says, “It was a great expo and can only get bet­ter next year!”

This is just one of many events this year that the Payson Cham­ber has planned for the city. The Cham­ber is work­ing with the city of Payson to pro­vide free movies un­der the stars at Pe­teet­neet Mu­seum in July, Au­gust and Septem­ber. The movies will be a free event for the pub­lic, pro­vided they get a wrist­band in ad­vance from a spon­sor­ing cham­ber busi­ness. The Cham­ber will also con­tinue their tra­di­tion of the Great Pumpkin Hunt. This is a fun scav­enger hunt for kids and adults alike to travel from busi­ness to busi­ness col­lect­ing clues end­ing in some fun Hal­loween prizes.

Busi­ness net­work­ing meet­ings are also con­tin­u­ing for Cham­ber mem­bers. Lo­cal speak­ers and ex­perts are in­vited to dis­cuss the needs and con­cerns that lo­cal businesses are fac­ing. Topics will in­clude how to stand out from the ‘big box’ stores, ac­count­ing tips, how to pro­mote shop­ping lo­cal and learn­ing how so­cial me­dia can help your busi­ness. The Payson Cham­ber of Com­merce is proud to rep­re­sent so many di­verse businesses. It is the Cham­ber’s goal to help grow and pro­mote the small busi­ness com­mu­nity for the ben­e­fit of the town and pos­ter­ity. Sup­port lo­cal businesses by shop­ping at Cham­ber businesses or join the Cham­ber on Face­book for up­dates and up­com­ing events. You can also vol­un­teer to help the Payson Cham­ber at fu­ture events by con­tact­ing the cham­ber of­fice at 814 South 1050 West, Payson.

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