The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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October 6, 2012

Chamber Business Expo draws many to see what products, services companies offer

Saturday, October 6, 2012 — The Stanly County Chamber of Commerce presented the 2012 Business Expo on Wednesday at the Stanly Regional Medical Center Family and Education Center. The 10th annual expo ran from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m and featured 60 booths from local businesses and community organizations.

This year’s theme was “Look Local First, Buy in Stanly County.”

One of the benefits to being a part of the Chamber is that Chamber members are offered space at the business expo first.

Efird-Quality Gas was at the expo, complete with a slue of products: an outdoor fire place, an inside unvented fire place, a generator and a tankless water heater. Efird had a unique outdoor patio heater on display, which looked like nothing more than a futuristic piece of artwork.

“This is our fourth year at the business expo,” Efird district manager Ken Dye said.

Music on Main was in attendance.

“We’ve been open since 2007. Main Street is our third location; you could throw a rock and hit the square downtown,” said Tim Harris of Music on Main.

Music on Main offers music lessons for most instruments including guitar, bass guitar, piano and vocals. Additionally, they offer repairs, set-ups and string changes.

The City of Albemarle had a booth featuring an electrical output display. The display consisted of two light bulbs, one an energy saver and the other a traditional incandescent bulb, hooked up to a hand-powered crank.

With the energy saver bulb selected, it took minimal effort to crank and bring forth light. However, the incandescent bulb took twice as much effort to crank and illuminate, illustrating the energy difference between the two.

Michelin US 11 had a display showing off their tires.

“We make tires ranging from four to 350 pounds,” said Grover Stewart from the Michelin booth.

“Before the space shuttle program was retired, we made the tires for the shuttles.”

Michelin had tires from the nose and main landing gear of a space shuttle on display.

Stanly Community College (SCC) had a number of booths on display, but outside of the Family and Education Center guests could visit the heavy equipment simulator. The trailer housed two of the five simulators that SCC has to train students in the use of heavy equipment.

“These simulators show students how to become familiar with the controls, so that when they get behind the driver’s seat they can pay attention to what they’re doing,” said Joshua Aldridge from SCC. Furthermore, the simulators allow students to practice without the constraints of weather or fuel. The overall effect is to reduce nervousness through familiarization.

The booths were judged in a friendly competition.

Best Overall at the expo was Home Care of the Carolinas and Alliance Medical, Inc.

“Just because of the fall and the time of year we did a harvest theme. We’re there to serve any medical Furthermore, the simulators allow students to practice without the constraints of weather or fuel. The overall effect is to reduce nervousness through familiarization.

The booths were judged in a friendly competition.

Best Overall at the expo was Home Care of the Carolinas and Alliance Medical, Inc.

“Just because of the fall and the time of year we did a harvest theme. We’re there to serve any medical needs 24/7 with skilled care,” said Todd Harris from Home Care of the Carolinas.

Libby Phillips of Celebrating Home won the Most Creative booth by making it a reflection of her business.

“I’m an interior decorator. We love to decorate and I’ve been doing this for 18 years.”

Most professional was Seven Oaks Doors and Hardware.

Most Unique award was Stanly Community College with aesthetics and welding displays.

Sandhills Office Supply earned an honorable mention at the expo.

Also there were musicians Steve Jones, on keyboard, and Kurt Varney, on everything else. They entertained expo-goers with easy-listening style tunes on Wednesday.

These were just a few of the booths on display.

 

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