SATSUMA – Call it an exposition, a job fair, what businesses offer locally, a restaurant contest or a good day of eating.
All of the descriptions will fit the 7th Annual Livingston Parish Business & Community Expo from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, at Suma Hall, 28975 S. Satsuma Road, Satsuma.
“This is the biggest community event we put together,” said April Wehrs, CEO/president of the Chamber of Commerce.
There is no admission charge, and 60 door prizes will be awarded.
The Expo not only offers businesses an opportunity to show what they do, it gives them a chance to look for employees.
It also gives community service and governmental service groups a chance to tell the public what they do.
“The vibe and energy in the room is great,” Wehrs said.
Approximately 100 vendors will be waiting at Suma Hall, she said.
“Everything is going great. We’re very close to selling out on booth space,” she said, which usually happens about a week before the Expo.
The chamber will be launching its media campaign to promote the Expo this week, she added.
“We want to make the public aware, so they can take advantage and dive in,” Wehrs said. “They will be able to see companies and learn what positions are open. The jobs run the gamut,” of local retail and industry.
All Star Automotive Center will be on hand to explain to students what it offers and the variety of jobs – from financial processing to mechanics – are available.
New this year is the Restaurant Challenge.
In previous years, the Expo has had mayors and parish councilmen competing in cooking contests, Wehrs said.
The Restaurant Challenge will offer people a chance to vote online for restaurants before the Expo begins and also sample their dishes at the Expo, she said.
Vendors also will be voting on the best restaurant at the Expo, she said.
“This is how we want to spotlight and show off the restaurants we have in Livingston Parish,” she said.
For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at (225) 665-8155 or go to its website, livingstonparishchamber.org.
The presenting sponsor for the seventh expo is Jefferson Financial Credit Union. Platinum sponsors are First Guaranty Bank, All Star Automotive Group, Entergy and Plantation Management.
Some spots are still open for Gold sponsors to join Stewart Family Medicine, North Oaks Health System, Our Lady of the Lake Livingston and Essential Federal Credit Union.
Spots also are available for Silver sponsors to join Cox Business, Elite Chiropractic and Byron Gil of State Farm.
All Star Automotive Group is sponsoring the Restaurant Challenge.
Media sponsors include The Livingston Parish News, Livingston Business Journal, GO! Pages, Guaranty Broadcasting and radio station WHMD FM-107.1 “KAJUN 107.1.”
Enhanced booths include The Palms at Juban Lakes, Allied Benefits Solutions, IFS Insurance Services, Business First Bank, City of Walker, Lofton Staffing, Holmes Building Material, dezinsINTERACTIVE, TWRU CPAs & Financial Advisors, Carnahan Andrews CPA and Berkshire Hathaway.
Reserving vendor booths will be All Star Automotive Group, Porky’s, Walk On’s, Big Mike’s, P-Beau’s, Greystone Golf & Country Club, Islamorada, La Carreta.
Labarre Associates, Regions Bank, St. Michel Day Spa, Office Depot, Client Technology Services, Protec Pest Management, Church Funeral Services, Livingston Parish Children’s Choir, Alisa Verett Interiors.
Livingston Parish Tourism, Suma Lakes Apartments, Blount General Contractors, TARC, Triton Health Care, Denham Springs Housing, HEALTHremedee, Southeast Community Health System.
Livingston Parish Library, Attorney General Jeff Landry, Phil Hebert CPA, Pelican State Credit Union, Hampton Inn, Soloman Episcopal Conference Center, C.J. Brown, Brandon G. Thompson Funeral Home.
Joe Shumate Denham Springs/Ward II City court marshal, RKM Primary Care Livingston, Hospice Compassus, Snelling Staffing, Espresso Recruiting LLC, Gator Millworks, Whitney Bank.
Juban Point Urgent Care, ISU Lemoine Insurance Agency, Lake After Hours, Temperature Pro, RAM Computers, Saleh Health Spa, Salassi Jewelry & Fine Gifts, Community Coffee and Desserts First.