CARY ON with the Cary Chamber Expo 2013

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Jackpot, Friends and MORE!

Alicia working the Smith & Smith, CPA booth

Alicia working the Smith & Smith, CPA booth

Yesterday was a very LONG but also surprisingly FAST day!  Now, that doesn’t really make sense, I know, but I’m going to tell you why yesterday was like that.  Yesterday was the Cary Chamber of Commerce Business Expo 2013.  The event was held over at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary and was SOLD OUT with 86 different exhibitors.  You HAVE to be a Cary Chamber Member to participate in the expo, but NOT to attend.  The event was open to the public and had been advertised in local papers, mailings, emails, social media, magazines, news channels and radio stations.  

Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club

Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club

The Cary Chamber had also asked all of the exhibitors to share the word of the event through their networks & contacts.  So the word was out there!  I was involved with the planning and prep for three different booths, so I had to make sure I was very organized and set with all materials.  WHEW!  Lots of work, but also lots of fun!  I was helping with the WBON of Cary, Cary-Kildaire Rotary and best of all, Smith & Smith, CPA.  I went on Tuesday afternoon to start getting set-up with all the materials during the early-set-up hours. 

Friends & Clients at Smith & Smith, CPA booth at Cary Chamber Expo 2013

Friends & Clients at Smith & Smith, CPA booth at Cary Chamber Expo 2013

WBON of Cary had ladies signed-up to work different shifts all day long and they were busy promoting the mystery dinner theater fundraiser called “Killing for the Crown” that will be in two weeks on November 20th.  I’m playing the part of Miss Texas!  My Tennessee Southern Accent will be VERY helpful!  The Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club booth (our 3rd year as a vendor!!!) was also fully staffed by club members working 2-hour shifts.  We had a spinning wheel at our booth that helped us to ENGAGE people as they walked by and test their knowledge about global issues.  Our Club Fall Open House is next week, Thursday, November 14th, so we were really trying to reach out to people about attending and finding out more about Rotary.  Alicia came to the expo with me yesterday and helped work our Smith & Smith, CPA booth. Thanks so much Alicia!!!

Howard hoping for a WIN!

Howard hoping for a WIN!

I was at Preston at 8 am to attend the breakfast and hear Economist Ted Abernathy speak.  He’s always a great speaker and shares lot of interesting facts and figures about the economy.  The expo officially opened at 9am and went all the way to 5 pm.  So while the hours for the expo were LONG, it did seem to pass by really fast.  It was fun to see lots of friends and clients come by our booth to say hello.  We had borrowed a FULL SIZE jackpot Vegas style slot machine from our good friend and referral partner, Beth Donner.  

Richard Crews won a COOLER!

Richard Crews won a COOLER!

Beth is part of the team at Adams Financial and after 5-years of me asking her to let us borrow the jackpot machine, she FINALLY said YES!  Thanks Beth!  It was a huge hit at our booth and drew in a crowd to play!  We invited people to play by giving us a business card or they could make a donation to the Food Bank of North Carolina.  We ended-up with a basket full of business cards and about $15 in our jar for the Food Bank, Alicia and I will take care of getting that donation turned in.  We didn’t have any BIG winners during the day, but we did have lots of small winners!  Howard Johnson, President of the Cary Chamber of Commerce even took a lucky play on the slot machine…I can’t tell you if he was a winner though…you will have to ask him!  Thanks for stopping by Howard! 

Post-Expo party in the lobby!

Post-Expo party in the lobby!

We gave away a Smith & Smith, CPA Tailgate Chair and Cooler at the end of the expo, congrats to the winners:  Richard Crews from the Capital Area Workforce Center (cooler) and Renee Jinkins at Cambria Suites (chair). Richard came by the booth to pick up his cooler and of course…I had to have a picture for Becca’s Blog!  At the end of the Expo, I got to announce the name of the Expo GRAND PRIZE winner…a $500 Shopping Visa to Cary Towne Center….the winner was Mike Rivera from SigNet Technologies.  Congrats Mike!  After the expo was over and we had finished packing up…I enjoyed lots of laughs and some ‘off-my-feet-time” with several of my Chamber girlfriends.  That was fun ladies!  Thanks to the Cary Chamber for ANOTHER very successful and FUN Business Expo!  CARY ON!  Thanks also to My Girlfriend’s Closet for the pink necklace and earrings!  Really looked nice with my black Smith & Smith, CPA dress!

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