“We’re hoping it will give Alpharetta businesses a really unique opportunity to showcase their businesses to the local business community [and] let everybody know who they are and what kind of products and services they have to offer,” said ABA member Karen Cashion, who is co-chairing the event.
Danny Broadway, the association’s membership committee chairman, said they anticipate about 50 to 60 businesses to have booths at the inaugural affair.
“As we changed our name two years ago from the Downtown Alpharetta Trade Association to the Alpharetta Business Association, we wanted to just get involved with all of Alpharetta,” he said. “So we’ve been really reaching out to all the areas of Alpharetta — not just downtown — and explaining who we are and what we want to accomplish for the city of Alpharetta, and we thought a great way to do that would be to go out and invite all of Alpharetta to get involved in a business expo.”
However, the expo is not limited to only businesses operating within city limits. Nearby cities, like Roswell, Johns Creek, Cumming and Sandy Springs, are good partners to the Alpharetta business community, Broadway said, though ABA members do get discounted rates to showcase their companies at the expo.
Admission is free for attendees who register through June 30 and $10 per person afterwards.
“We hope to have a lot of attendees from Alpharetta and the surrounding areas — business people interested in networking and seeing what Alpharetta businesses have to offer,” Cashion said.
The event will also spotlight cuisine from Alpharetta restaurants.
“We’re going to highlight six restaurants that are going to have booths and hand out free samples of their food,” Broadway said.
After the expo, the association will transition the evening to its monthly “after hours” member meeting, also hosted by the Alpharetta Marriott. Broadway said he hopes the expo encourages business professionals to become ABA members. Businesses looking to showcase their company at the expo must register in advance for a booth. Space is limited.
Visit http://bit.ly/ ABAexpo2013 to register. The expo is not the only new event ABA has planned for this year. The association added a regular business breakfast series the first Tuesday of every month and will be hosting an inaugural golf tournament in July.