Business Expo pleases chamber of commerce

Good crowds were reported over the three-day event

The 2012 Business Expo was a full house this year, as every available space was filled by a booth.

The expo was hosted by the Terrace and district Chamber of Commerce and was a three-day event April 20-22 at the Terrace Sportsplex.

“We’re very happy with the show this year,” said Carol Fielding, executive director at the Chamber of Commerce.

“We have a nice mix, attendance is good,” she continued of the number of spectators who came out over the course of the three days.

This year with 84 participants the event was fully subscribed and there was a waiting list, said Fielding. 

She added that the success of the expo is a good sign for business in Terrace.

Awards were given out in retail, community/government, service, commercial, judges’ overall and exhibitors’ choice categories.

Winning the best retail booth was Nor-Burd RV. It had a large presence in the Hidber arena section of the Sportsplex, moving a number of recreational vehicles and other units to the location. Second place went to the Flying Fish.

The best community and government booth was awarded to BC Timber Sales, and Live Smart BC took second place.

The best commercial booth was won by Skeena Valley Exterior, and St. John’s Ambulance was awarded second place.

The judges’ choice overall booth was won by Winton Global Homes, and second place in that category went to the Kitselas First Nation.

The exhibitors’ choice award was won by Nor-Burd RV.

Winners were chosen based on signage, professionalism, first impressions, product knowledge and friendliness of exhibitors.

Judges also looked for exhibits following the theme of the expo this year which is powering up the future. That’s in reference to the impact of the Northwest Transmission Line.

Terrace and District Chamber of Commerce judges for its business expo were chamber of commerce president Janice Paulitschke, Janine Kraft and Leydi Noble.

New to the event this year was a dinner and dance for the exhibitors held upstairs at the sportsplex Saturday night April 21.

Also new this year was a pancake breakfast, held on Saturday morning.