Ca­toosa Busi­ness Expo huge suc­cess

The Catoosa County News - - EDITORIALS & OPINION - By Ta­mara Wolk Cor­re­spon­dent

On Oct. 18, nearly 900 peo­ple poured into The Colon­nade for the an­nual Show­case Ca­toosa Busi­ness Expo con­ducted by the Ca­toosa County Cham­ber of Com­merce. What they found in­side was 89 busi­nesses set up show­cas­ing their wares and ser­vices, seven restau­rants serv­ing up sam­ples, op­por­tu­ni­ties to get their blood pressure taken and their backs mas­saged, and the chance to sign up for door prizes and bid for items in a silent auc­tion.

There was an in­door play area for chil­dren, cour­tesy of the Ca­toosa County Parks and Recre­ation Depart­ment. The Mary Ellen Locher mam­mog­ra­phy bus was on-site and more than a half-dozen women took ad­van­tage of it to get mam­mo­grams. Peo­ple could try out a mo­tor­ized bike in the park­ing lot thanks to Bat­tle­field Out­doors, and Moun­tain View Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram had sev­eral ve­hi­cles on dis­play.

“We sold out all our avail- able spa­ces,” says Ca­toosa Cham­ber mem­ber­ship co­or­di­na­tor Amy Jack­son. “Next year, we’ll have to ex­pand our space.”

J103 did a live re­mote from the event. DJ Mike Key acted as mas­ter of cer­e­monies. And there were four mas­cots on hand to work the crowd and keep ev­ery­one en­ter­tained: the Chick-fil-a cow, the State Farm bear, the Dunkin’ Donuts donut and the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion’s Cone­man.

The big prize of the day was two round-trip tick­ets to any non-stop des­ti­na­tion from Chat­tanooga, cour­tesy of the Chat­tanooga Air­port Au­thor­ity, won by Lynn Huett, who works for Look­out Moun­tain Com­mu­nity Ser­vices.

Three busi­nesses won prizes for their booths or prod­ucts: the Colon­nade, MEDSTAT and La Fa­milia Mex­i­can Restau­rant.

The cor­po­rate spon­sors of the event were Cham­ber-mem­bers Cap­i­tal Bank, the City of Fort Oglethorpe, NHC Fort Oglethorpe and MEDSTAT.

To see more pic­tures of the Expo and fol­low the Ca­toosa County Cham­ber of Com­merce, visit their Facebook page at catoosacham­ber.

/ Contributed

Among the many treats avail­able to at­ten­dees of Show­case Ca­toosa Busi­ness Expo 2018 was the chance for a re­lax­ing mas­sage by Ma­jes­tic Spa and Sa­lon.

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