By ROXANN MILLER
5:56 PM EST, February 11, 2012
Area businesses pitched their services Saturday at the 16th annual Greater Waynesboro Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo at Waynesboro Area Senior High School.
The event, which was held in conjunction with the Waynesboro Lions Club pancake breakfast, drew more than 1,000 people.
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.
This year’s pancake breakfast kicked off at 7 a.m. with the expo beginning at 7:30 a.m. Both events ended at noon.
“We have a variety of businesses represented this year,” said Carlene Willhide, executive director of the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce.
Forty-five vendors filled the high school cafeteria and into the hallway sharing literature on financial services, health care, food services, health, fitness and home improvement.
“We want the community to be aware of the businesses that we have in Waynesboro, and give them exposure for their products and services,” Willhide said.
Carol Speelman just moved to Waynesboro in November.
“I came out because I am new to the area, and I wanted to get to know some of the businesses in the community,” Speelman said.
Elena Kehoe, owner/director of Gentle Laser Skin Care Center at 1700 E. Main St. in Waynesboro, said the business expo is a great way for businesses to spread the word about their services.
“Even though we’re right on Main Street, there are people who don’t know what we do,” Kehoe said. “So this is a great way to get the word out about what we do and let people know we have these kind of (dermatology) services in Waynesboro.”
Waynesboro resident Suzie Gearhart and her children Hannah, 7, and Michael, 3, stopped by the business expo for the first time on Saturday.
“We’ve lived here for many years and this is the first time we’ve come,” Gearhart said. “I wanted to check out local businesses and services.”
She said many people live in Waynesboro and other towns all their life and don’t know all the town has to offer.
“It’s an excellent way to support our community,” Gearhart said.
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