When the doors opened on Thursday, Oct. 11 for the 10th Annual Maumelle Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Exposition, there was already a crowd outside waiting to get in and after the initial rush a steady stream appeared for the next four-hours to check out the vendor booths and register for door prizes.
Another rush came around noon as workers on an extended lunch break stopped by and the nearby Academic Plus Charter School let school out for the day at noon and many of those students and their parents took the opportunity to see what the Expo was all about.
The convergence of those two simultaneous events led to a traffic jam in the community center parking lot as parents trying to pick up students were met by Expo visitors looking for parking spaces.
Julianne Cole, chamber executive director said she was pleased with the turnout.
Maumelle’s 10th Annual EXPO Event "was a great success with nearly 1,000 people attending and learning more about local businesses and organizations," she said.
She also said more than "75 local businesses, organizations and food vendors showcased their goods and services to attendees who were treated to various samples and goodies and the chance to wins hundreds of door prizes. Gary Ables won the $1,000 cash grand prize awarded at the event."
Cole said the event "helps keep our local economy growing and strong as the community can come out and learn more about area businesses ready to meet their needs."
She also noted that the city supported the event by having representatives from many city offices and departments on hand to provide information and answer questions about living and working in Maumelle.
Scheduled to last until 5:30 p.m., several vendors packed up early but most stayed until the event ended with the drawing for the $1,000 door prize.
While chamber staff and board members cleaned up after the event, many visitors even stayed around to visit with those vendors still packing up.
Cole said she was very "appreciative of all those who contributed to the event’s success including the exhibitors, the city of Maumelle and the Maumelle Parks and Recreation Department and the Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors who volunteered their time at the event.
Among the vendors exhibiting at the Expo were: Event One Mobile DJ Service, Crain Hyundai, Frosty Treats, Hot Dog Mike, Mark Lowery for State Representative, Maumelle Health Mart & Pharmacy, Coldwell Banker, Maumelle Country Club, Sonic Drive-In, Ashley Media, Mayflower Animal Clinic, US Bank, Effectiveness Group, Maumelle Eye Care, Fidelity Communications, Nash, Raley, Rogers & Rippy Attorneys at Law, Skinner Chiropractic, National Bank of Arkansas, H&R Block, Centennial Bank, Academics Plus Charter School, (E)merge hair studio, Natural State Health Center, Maumelle Monitor, Roller Funeral Homes & Riverwood Memorial Gardens, Edward Jones Investments, A&J Collision Repair, Elliott Carr Insurance, Isle of Capri, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Premium Refreshments, Verizon Wireless, American Roofing Systems, Farmers Insurance Group, Cox, Sterling & McClure, PLLC, Partner’s Jewelry & Loan, Shelter Insurance – Christy Bryan Agency, Bank of the Ozarks, Melody’s Skincare of Noggins Salon, Kiwanis Club of Maumelle, David Sanders for State Senate, Helping Hand Dayhabilitation Center, Dunn Family Dental, First Security Bank, LeafGuard, Arkansas Federal Credit Union, Pulaski Technical College, Two Sisters Catering, AOC Hearing Center, Cartridge World, Peaks at Country Club / Villas of Country Club, Lucky’s Sports Bar & Grill, The Resident Chef, Elite Performance & Fitness, Rodan+Fields Dermatologists, Halstead for State Representative, Maumelle Lions Club, Kroger, Maumelle Players, Lynda Bowers & Associates Realtors, Maumelle Senior Wellness Center, Maumelle Fire Department, Maumelle Public Works, Maumelle Police Department, City of Maumelle, Holiday Inn Express / Quality Inn & Suites, The Bug Man, Goddess Products, All American Wings, Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Entergy Arkansas, Central Baptist College, Direct Buy of Little Rock, The Links at the Rock, Visalus, Crye-Leike Realtors, First United Methodist Church of Maumelle, Maumelle Health & Rehab, Arkansas Eye Care Group, Advanced Bath & Kitchen and MauMag.
A similar event is planned for next year and it’s never too early to start making plans for more area businesses to participate in the event.