By ROXANN MILLER
6:14 PM EST, February 9, 2013
Area businesses showcased their services Saturday at the 17th annual Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce Business Expo at Waynesboro Area Senior High School.
Carlene Willhide, executive director of the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce, said the event was a huge success in terms of vendors and attendance.
About 50 vendors set up displays inside the high school cafeteria and into the hallway, sharing literature on financial services, health care, food services, fitness and home improvement.
“It’s extremely good exposure for the vendors,” Willhide said. “It gives people a chance to see some of the local businesses and see what they have to offer.”
The expo was held in conjunction with the Waynesboro Lions Club’s annual all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast.
The breakfast typically raises between $3,000 and $5,000 to benefit the Lions Club to help offset the cost of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids for low-income people.
After enjoying a hearty breakfast compliments of the Lions, Martha Hollinshead stopped by some of the businesses set up around the cafeteria.
The Waynesboro resident knows most of the local businesses, but was pleasantly surprised to find a business that she didn’t know on her trip to the expo last year.
“Last year, I put my name in with MZeigler General Contractor and they did some work for me in my basement,” she said.
Hollinshead said she wouldn’t have known about the local company if she hadn’t attended the business expo.
“I just needed a small job done in my basement, and they did a really nice job for me at a very reasonable price,” Hollinshead said.
Victor Morningstar, assistant general manager of Waynesboro Floor Covering, was helping to man his family’s flooring business at the expo this year.
This was the second year the business has set up at the event.
Morningstar said the family business has been in existence for 49 years, but some people haven’t heard of the Waynesboro company.
“We’ve been around for a long time. But we want to get our name in front of people and let them know we’re here. And we want to be a part of the community,” he said.
Being at the business expo is good exposure, he said.
Kristen Jones, a Waynesboro Area Senior High School graduate, tries to support her community as much as she can.
“I try to come to the pancake breakfast and business expo every year,” Jones said. “This is a nice thing to have so small businesses can continue to thrive.”
Gary Brashear Sr. just moved to Waynesboro from Bowie, Md.
Instead of taking time to look through phone books, Brashear stopped by Saturday’s expo to meet people in person.
“I’m new to the area, and I’m trying to find places to go and things to do,” he said.
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