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Tahoe Chamber 2016 Business EXPO returns Friday

Sebastian Foltz
An EXPO attendee recieves a free sample from one of the booths at a past event. This year, 85 local businesses are expected to attend.
Courtesy / Lauren Lindley Photography |

Whether it’s local dentists or go-go dancers, the business community will be out in full force this week for the annual Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce Business EXPO.

For local businesses — both new and established — it’s a chance to spread the word and showcase what they do. For guests, it’s a chance to see all that Tahoe’s South Shore has to offer.

“I like to call it a trade show on steroids,” Tahoe Chamber events director Emily Abernathy said. “It’s like a party — a business trade-show party.”

This year’s event, put on in conjunction with Heavenly and Kirkwood Mountain resorts, will take place at Harveys Lake Tahoe from 4:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 1. Advanced tickets are $10. Entry will be $15 at the door. Organizers suggest purchasing in advance or arriving early before tickets sell out.

“It’s a great way to remind yourself of what we have, see what’s in town and what businesses are new and opening,” Abernathy said.

The expo features food, drinks and product samples from local business, along with a silent auction and raffle prizes. The auction is once again expected to have a variety of items — from ski lift passes to hard goods. In previous years, Heavenly has also provided music and entertainment.

“It’s probably the largest networking event we have,” Abernathy said.

Even after 28 years on the South Shore, for Overland Meat & Seafood owner Brian Cohen the expo continues to be a chance to continue to build business.

“We still get new people,” Cohen said. “It’s a great opportunity to get out in front of people.”

His shop will once again serve fresh fish samples delivered overnight from Hawaii; it receives shipments every Friday through the year.

“There are lots of giveaways and fun things to do,” Abernathy said, describing the EXPO’s atmosphere. “It’s a really good cross-section of what our community looks like.”

This year’s event will feature 85 businesses and is expected to have between 1,000 and 1,500 guests in attendance.

More information is available at http://www.tahoechamber.org.

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