Win Cash, Meet Neighbors at EXPO this Saturday

Rockford Community EXPO
More than 11,000 people enjoyed last years EXPO. This Saturday visit and learn more about your community (and win stuff).

CARSTAR of Rockford is giving away a 37-inch television. Rockford Dry Dock will have some samples of different foods they sell. Nugent Builders can tell you about the good reasons to invest in improving your home now. Four people will win $500 in cash. Why wouldn’t you go?

Last year 11,000 people took the time to enjoy the Rockford Community EXPO, scheduled for this Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. According to Brenda Davis, executive director of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, this year’s event is again a sell-out with more to offer than ever. There will be over 180 booths inside and outside Rockford High School, 4100 Kroes.

The EXPO underscores the Chamber’s re-investment in its members and surrounding businesses.  Last year’s blockbusting event attracted more than 11,000 people who enjoyed the day discovering the breadth of what Rockford-area businesses have to offer.  “Last year’s event was a complete success and we are building on our experience again this year to make it even better,” said Davis.

With Americans realizing how important it is to do business locally, the EXPO is an opportunity to realize just how much and how varied our local resources are. Keeping our dollars, and jobs, in our own community isn’t settling for less-it’s doing business with people you know.

Attendees of this year’s EXPO will experience a mix of retail businesses, restaurants, real estate firms, banks, mortgage companies, insurance agencies, churches, non-profit organizations, emergency departments, construction companies and many other businesses all in one location.

Local celebrities and mascots will appear throughout the day and entertainment will be provided by Rockford-area talent.  Previews of Rockford High School’s Musical “Beauty and the Beast” along with RHS Jazz Ensemble are a few of the highlights.

New this year is the announcement and introduction of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Winner.  This is a $1,000 scholarship open to Rockford area 2009 seniors.

The Rockford EXPO continues to showcase numerous indoor/outdoor displays, ample parking with a courtesy shuttle service from Blythefield Hills Baptist Church, many new businesses and much more.  Attendees of the EXPO will also have the opportunity to win one of four $500 cash giveaways.

For more information about the EXPO, please contact the Chamber at (616) 866-2000 or visit

The EXPO’s Sponsors include:

  • Performance Stage Sponsor: CedarRock Dental Care PC
  • Business Advertising Sponsor: Kohley’s EcoWater Systems
  • Mascot Sponsor: Independent Bank – Meet “Swift” the Eagle

EXPO 2009 Steering Committee Members are as follows:

  • Andy Tidey, The Corner Bar
  • Brenda Davis, Rockford Chamber of Commerce
  • Cheryl Koster, Independent Bank
  • Dr. Michael Shibler, Rockford Public Schools
  • Jason Robinet, Health Motion Physical Therapy Services, Inc.
  • Linda Southwick, LSS Holdings
  • Rosemary Jeruzal, CedarRock Dental Care, PC
  • Timothy Offer, National City Bank
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