The Manheim Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for a shortened version of the 13th annual Business Expo next week.
Terry Shelly, chamber executive director, said the event, which is usually held over two days, has been scaled back to one as a result of flooding from Tropical Storm Lee.
“A number of businesses in the community were affected by Lee, and some of our exhibitors are working from temporary spaces,” she said.
The Business Expo will be held from noon to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Manheim Central High School gym. There is no admission charge.
Shelly said the expo is nearly filled to capacity — there will be 55 exhibitors including area businesses, nonprofit group and community organizations. Some of the new exhibitors include a bridal shop, craft shop and a dental office. One of the exhibitors will also be featuring trained service dogs.
The event is a fundraiser for the chamber, which recently restructured. Funds are raised from booth rentals and selling bags, for 50 cents each, which those attending can use to hold the “goodies” they collect from various businesses. Proceeds from the bag sales are donated to the Manheim Area Food Bank. A big-screen TV will be raffled near the end of the day.
In conjunction with the expo, the Manheim Central High School’s health department is hosting a Health and Wellness Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the high school lobby. It will feature interactive health and wellness exhibits, child safety information, domestic violence information and information about the Pennsylvania Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). A limited number of free flu shots for children will be available.
For more information about the Business Expo, call Shelly at 665-6330 or visit www.manheimchamber.com.