IF YOU GO
Second annual Richmond Area Business Expo
More than 45 businesses will be on hand to show their services to the public
• 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Saturday, March 15
• Richmond Middle School, 451 E. South St.
• Free to the public
Door prize giveaways every 30 minutes
By JoEllen Black/Richmond News
What goods and services are available in Richmond? A lot more than one might think.
On Saturday, March 15, Richmond Middle School will become a Main Street, so to speak, of businesses and organizations for the public to peruse services provided in the area.
The second annual Richmond Area Business Expo is a way for potential customers to connect with area businesses, according to JoEllen Black, co-chair of the chamber-sponsored event. So far, 38 businesses and organizations have registered to be part of it.
“Our goal is to create a fun atmosphere, where people can mingle, get to know store owners and find services they need right here in Richmond,” Black said.
Door prizes will be given away every half hour during the event, Black said, along with a free drawing for a $100 gas card and $100 cash, donated by The Richmond News, commemorating its 100th year in business. Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce will also provide tote bags to expo-goers to hold items given by merchants. The event begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m.
Richmond Education Foundation will serve biscuits and gravy beginning at 9; cost is $5 for adults and $3 for kids. For lunch, Richmond Masonic Lodge #57 will grill hamburgers and hot dogs; cost is $6, which includes chips and a drink.
Businesses interested in being part of the expo can contact Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce Director Natalie Lamar at 816-776-6916. Deadline for applications is Friday, Feb. 28. Both chamber and non-chamber member businesses are invited to participate, she said.
Businesses schedule to attend include:
Ray County Salvation Army
Central Missouri Community Credit Union
Richmond Chiropractic Center, Dr. Ryan Lauck
NorthStar Wellness: massage and wellness
Premier Barns: sheds
Dr. John Scowley: health care
Community Bank of Missouri: financial services
Crossroads Hospice: hospice care education
Park University: information on degrees offered at Park University and Wentworth campus
Community Living Options: support services for developmentally disabled adults in home and in the community
Four Seasons In-Home Services, LLC: in-home care
Pointer’s Jewelry: retail, jewelry and repair specializing in custom jewelry creations
Ray County Memorial Hospital: hospital services, outpatient services, cardiac rehabilitation, home health
Ray County Stone Producers: rock quarry and ag lime producer
Shirkey Nursing and Rehabilitation Center: health care
Shirkey Hospice: hospice care
Northcare Hospice: hospice care
Community Realty: real estate, buying and selling
Ray County Women’s Resource Center: women’s support for unplanned pregnancy
Bott Radio Network: information about local 92.5fm radio station
Richmond Square and Richmond Manor Apartments
McGaugh Law Offices: law, estate planning and general consultation
Missouri Valley Community Action Agency
Kaitlin Preston Photography
Flexible Staffing: full staffing service
Walmart: to provide hospitality booth
House of Hope: help for those in abusive situations
National Guard Armory
Richmond News: 100th anniversary subscription special
Ray County Historical Society
City of Richmond
SoundWorx Entertainment, Rob Kinnard
The State Bank
Insight Eye Care
Ray County Senior Service Board/Ray County Senior Center