Chamber Expo Game Night offers business opportunities |
Balloons, spinning wheels, paper money, Scrabble, raffles and even a Monopoly cake were all on display at the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce’s annual exhibit.
The August 25 Monopoly-themed event (Game Night) brought hundreds of people to have a good time, learn about Orangeburg County’s business landscape, network and fellowship with each other. others.
For Cynthia Fields, owner of Neicy’s Accessories LLC, it was her first time at the show.
Founded three years ago, Neicy’s Accessories is a home-based business with a physical location at Five Rivers Market in Orangeburg.
The company sells a number of accessories, including handcrafted wallets, tumblers, coasters, tissue boxes and treasure chests.
“I have a bit of everything,” Fields said, noting that she had sports-themed posts. “I also have inspirational articles for women and dad stuff.”
His presence at the expo was to raise awareness of his business in the community and learn about what Orangeburg has to offer.
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“I wanted to get to know a lot of other businesses in the Orangeburg area and let them know what I have and what I can offer them to improve their business as well,” Fields said.
People can go to www.neicysaccessories.com and the business is also on Facebook and can be searched by name or ‘Shop with Cynfields’ business page.
Bimbo Bakeries USA Human relations generalist Alfred Richardson is hiring and wanted to let expo attendees know that Bimbo is the place to work.
The company has positions for maintenance technicians, production operators and sanitation associates.
“It’s important for the community to know who we are and for us to meet with our business neighbors and let them know that Bimbo is a friend of the community,” Richardson said. “We have huge growth opportunities.”
Richardson said people should work at Bimbo because “it’s the biggest bakery in the world.”
“Another reason they’re very strong in the community, and another is that there are opportunities to grow with the business,” Richardson said. “A person isn’t isolated in Orangeburg, SC. Bimbo is all over the world, so if their desires are to be somewhere else, there’s probably a place for them.”
Richardson said the salary is very competitive.
“A person can be a breadwinner,” Richardson said. “They can bake the bread, make the bread, and bring the bread home.”
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About 43 vendors attended, including Planet Fitness, CPM, Cornerstone Church, Hibbets Insurance, Jarvis Tax Service, Wannamaker Agency, Samaritan House, Zeus and Regional Medical Center.
The exhibition was open to the public.
There were also promotional giveaways from vendors and samples from various local restaurants and caterers.
The Orangeburg Utilities Department was the presenting sponsor of the event, which for the first time was held in the DPU Operations Building. The building is located on Sprinkle Avenue. This was the 21st year of the event.
“This is a wonderful event hosted in our new DPU building,” said Orangeburg Mayor Michael Butler. “I’m so glad it’s being used by the citizens of Orangeburg.”
“It reinforces the awareness that we have of the businesses in our city and the services that are available to us,” Butler said.
True to the theme of the Monopoly game, Mr. Rich Uncle Pennybags, also known as Chamber of Commerce President James McQuilla, said the event was always exciting.
“We have a lot of people here,” he said. “Last year we had fewer suppliers, but that was understood because of COVID.”
“We want to be able to show people that we’re back,” McQuilla said. “The business community is there. It’s excited. It’s looking for customers. It’s looking for employees.”
“We are always looking for people with great ideas and I hope the chamber can help them, the Orangeburg Regional Innovation Center can help them, the Small Business Development Center can help them start their business,” he said.
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Chamber Monopoly allowed each seller to be represented by a place on the board.
Cards were available to participants for a chance to win a prize.
Allison Hopkins attended the event out of curiosity and to meet other business members. She works with Direct Auto Insurance. It was her first time attending the event.
“It gives us the opportunity to network and bring our customers to their customers,” she said. “It’s really a good thing to go out and meet your neighbors.
In addition to DPU being the presenting sponsor, Zeus Industrial Products and First Citizens Bank were gold sponsors and Valet Technologies was a silver sponsor.