More businesses have booths at this year's expo than last year's, shown here.
Nearly 200 businesses and employers will make their best pitch to residents at this weekend's annual Showcase Sylvania Expo.
In its 12th year, the event hosted by the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce has tables or booths for more than 180 vendors under one roof to tell the community about their products or services. The event, typically attended by a few thousand people, runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Tam-O-Shanter’s Sports and Exhibition Center, 7060 Sylvania Ave.
Many businesses on display are returning from last year, but new businesses plan to use the event as an opportunity to present themselves to local customers.
“It will be a good way to connect with Sylvania and be more part of the community. It is a way to let people know that we are here now,” said Jennifer Haley, who owns the Next Sweet Thing bakery, which opened in January in Mayberry Square in Sylvania Township.
Her booth will be in the Taste of Sylvania section with other area restaurant and food vendors that provide free samples.
The expo will have a children’s section and ProMedica will offer free health screenings. Lowe’s Home Improvement, a first-time vendor at the show, will demonstrate home projects.
“This is a way for the businesses to connect with the public, and also to connect with other businesses,” said Laura Glover, chamber marketing manager.,
Jason Robertson, executive director for Sylvania Area Family Services, said the non-profit will have a kiosk with information about the organization’s social service programs, including food and utility assistance. Also, it will use the expo to familiarize residents with one of its new initiatives, that it is part of the Sylvania Domestic Violence Task Force.
"Our goal is to generate awareness about domestic violence,” he said, hoping to find volunteers and donors.