Springfield Chamber opens annual expo to public, offers more exposure


The Chamber of Greater Springfield showed off Springfield’s best in business to a much bigger crowd than usual on Thursday.

The chamber opened its annual business expo to the general public this year, a first for the organization. More than 30 Springfield-area businesses participated, with specializations running from restaurants to printing companies.

Most years, attendance for the event hovers around 400 visitors but more were expected this year.

» RELATED: Mercy Health, big Springfield employer, merges with Bon Secours

Chamber Visitor Center and Marketing Director Kelcie Webster said the expo is a way to showcase organizations who are members of the chamber and inform the public of what’s available to them.

“It’s a really great opportunity for our members to come and show what they have and all the great talent and different skills we have in Springfield, so that other members, along with the public, can get to know them,” she said.

People might be surprised by the variety of services businesses in the area have to offer, Webster said.

“There’s great talent in Springfield,” Webster said. “You have bigger groups and bigger corporations and businesses, but you also have smaller businesses as well that offer great services.”

» DETAILS: Work to start on $223M Silfex Springfield plant, hiring 400

The MacRay Co., a printing company based in Springfield, was the recipient of the Business of the Year award at last year’s annual meeting and awards ceremony. Brian Roberts, a company representative, said opening the expo to the public this year has already given him four or five new potential clients. The event offers a different method of outreach and potential, he said.

“With some of our businesses here in town, we keep growing every year,” he said. “We just have to go out here and work it enough.”

» READ MORE: Youth jobs program that trains thousands faces new funding fight

The chamber also hosted its annual meeting and awards ceremony following the expo, which featured John Fimiani, a partner at Upward Brand Interactions, as the keynote speaker.

Several businesses were honored during the event, including Dole Fresh Vegetables winning Business of the Year and Mother Stewart’s Brewing Co. honored as Restaurant/Retailer of the the Year. Meadowview Growers was also honored as the Small Business of the Year and the Springfield Foundation received a Community Impact Award.

Tony Kenney, the president of Speedway LLC, was the recipient of the Richard L. Kuss Lifetime Achievement Award for his service to the community. Kuss, who died in 2010, was president of the Bonded Oil Company — which eventually became Speedway — and had been a mentor to Kenney in his lifetime.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Business

Recalled toilet flushing device has caused $710K in property damage, 23 injuries
Recalled toilet flushing device has caused $710K in property damage, 23 injuries

A dangerous toilet flushing device, baby carriers, and wireless chargers are among the latest recalls announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  An accessory that turns your toilet into a high efficiency flusher is under recall by Flushmate.  More than one million Flushmate II 501-B pressure-assisted flushing systems manufactured...
Ohio leaders want to be at the forefront of driverless tech. Here’s what they’re doing.
Ohio leaders want to be at the forefront of driverless tech. Here’s what they’re doing.

Ohio wants to be in the thick of the race toward autonomous and connected vehicles, and state officials were in town Thursday to hear from local stakeholders about concerns they have when it comes to these emerging technologies. Among those concerns: Getting RTA buses and drivers real-time weather updates, making sure driverless cars can sense bicyclists...
Bankruptcy next? Popular bridal retail chain misses debt payment
Bankruptcy next? Popular bridal retail chain misses debt payment

David’s Bridal could be the next chain retailer to file for bankruptcy. David’s Bridal missed an interest payment on $270 million in unsecured notes, according to a news release from S&P Global emailed to Retail Dive. The missed payment sets into motion a 30-day grace period with debtholders before the retailer is in default. The retailer...
Aerospace, defense contractor with Warren County presence OKs $33.5B merger
Aerospace, defense contractor with Warren County presence OKs $33.5B merger

L3 Technologies, a New York-based aerospace and defense contractor with a Warren County presence, and Florida-based Harris Corporation have agreed to combine in what could be the largest ever defense-industry merger. The all-stock deal is valued at approximately $33.5 billion and, if approved, the combined company — L3 Harris Technologies Inc...
Kroger, manufacturers go to top court for DP&L refund

The nation’s largest grocery chain and a group of Ohio manufacturers want a refund from Dayton Power and Light — and they’re going to the Ohio Supreme Court to get it. The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC), Kroger and the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association are asking the state’s top court to reconsider a recent ruling that...
More Stories