Local businesses, non-profits, first responders and others have set up booths inside the Terrace Sportsplex for the 26th annual Trade Expo this weekend.
Hosted by the Terrace and District Chamber of Commerce, the trade show at the Sportsplex connects new businesses, entrepreneurs, services and products under one roof.
Alongside the exhibitors, LNG Canada venture partner JGC Fluor, Chevron and other industrial companies had informational stands set up detailing future projects.
“It’s a real opportunity for the community to come down and learn what these projects are in our community,” says Chamber of Commerce executive director Michelle Taylor. “These guys are here making themselves available for people to learn about what the impacts are going to be.”
Some new businesses were set up for the first time, including Tupperware with Sarah Kirwin, Chaga Muga Super Food Teas Ltd., Canadian Western Bank and Cracked Glass Phone Repair.
Cracked Glass’ Scott Pearson, a cell phone fixer-upper, started the home-based business in 2010. It grew out of a need for a glass screen repair service in Terrace so people didn’t have to throw out their broken phones or ship them off to an out-of-town repair company.
ThriveNorth finalists are grouped together closer to the back of the arena, including Halo Apparel, an apparel and custom design studio. Seamstress Brittany Kinahan says they create apparel specifically around their customer’s needs, weaving custom measurements and fabrics into their designs.
First responders including Terrace RCMP, Emergency Support Services and Terrace Volunteer Firefighters Association were set up at the back of the arena. Terrace RCMP and ICBC had people wearing ‘drunk goggles’ while aiming for a hole in one, while Emergency Support Services showed off their new emergency mobile unit.
Five exhibitors were awarded prizes for their booths this year. Seabridge Gold won for Best Commercial/Industrial booth, the Skeena Salmon Art Festival Society won for Best Community/Government booth, Best Retail went to Andre’s Electronic Experts, and Best Customer Service went to Studio 3.
The Skeena Salmon Art Festival Society also won for Best Overall booth, which showcased their prototype of a proposed art installation at the soon to be built traffic circle at the intersection of Hwy 16 and 37.