By Kevin Kelley
Need a contractor to fix your heating or air conditioning system? Or a caterer to serve at an upcoming luncheon. Or are you looking for a good deal on a vacation cruise?
If you are, you can interview local businesses that may fit your needs during the annual Fairview Park Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase, which takes place from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Gemini Center, 21225 Lorain Road.
The expo, which is free to the public, allows consumers to learn more about area businesses, service contractors, shops and restaurants. As in past years, food vendors will hand out free samples.
For the first time, the expo has sold out, said John Sobolewski, the chamber’s executive director.
“We sold out early,” he said.
Ninety businesses, including nine restaurants and culinary businesses, have reserved space.
At past expos, roughly 60 area stores and businesses rented space to promote their products and services. Chamber of Commerce organizers say the expo is the only one of its kind in the area because it is a consumer-to-business show, meaning potential customers are brought face to face with business owners.
While the expo was launched with the goal of promoting Fairview Park companies, many businesses from beyond the city’s boundaries will be exhibiting.
West Life is a sponsor of the event and will have a table at the expo.
For more information, call the Fairview Park Chamber of Commerce at 440-779-7396 or visit its website at www.FairviewParkChamber.org.