Business Expo to showcase area businesses, providers


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

Richmond Kiwanis

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

Sam’s Club

Richmond News: 100th anniversary subscription special

Ray County Historical Society

City of Richmond

Direct Transit

SoundWorx Entertainment, Rob Kinnard

On-Star Media

The State Bank

Gutter Tech

Insight Eye Care

Ray County Senior Service Board/Ray County Senior Center






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