Business expo builds relationships

Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce hosts Business Expo at Beban Park.

Jennifer Doyle

Jennifer Doyle

Building relationships and connecting with other mid-Island businesses were cornerstones of the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce’s fourth Business Expo Thursday at Beban Park.

Lee Mason, Chamber CEO, said the event continues to grow and had 76 exhibitors this year.

“It’s a demonstration of the confidence within the business community. There is an absolute solid belief that Nanaimo is alive and well,” said Mason.

The main goal of the event is to give businesses the opportunity to connect with colleagues.

Networking was one of the highlights Jennifer Doyle, site manager for WildPlay Element Parks, found to be one of the best outcomes.

“It’s great for networking. It helps make very solid business connections and contact within the community,” she said.

Additional perks included being able to promote the park and discuss all the activities it has to offer. She said WildPlay currently has four parks, one in Nanaimo, and is building one in the Yukon.

Jim Owens, sales manager of Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort and Conference Centre, said it was a brilliant idea for the chamber to start the expo four years ago.

“I absolutely love it. It’s outstanding,” he said.

During the first hour, the resort had about 140 people stop by the booth, Owens said.

The expo also featured two workshops on business operations.

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