THE ANNUAL BUSINESS After Hours Expo hosted by the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce is coming to the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City on Thursday, April 28.
Typically, this colossal event attracts up to 500 people and includes about 65 chamber member exhibitors.
Julie Naegelen of the chamber, who serves as Expo Coordinator, describes the function as “a Business After Hours on steroids – combining the fellowship and fun of a normal Business After Hours with all the buzz and excitement of a business trade show.”
“We encourage our exhibitors to get creative … and have some fun,” she said. “Sales of products and services is permitted but not required.
“Best of all, this event is open to the public from 4-7:30pm. The admission fee is $5 per person.
“The floor layout enables guests to meander, mix and mingle comfortably … while enjoying ample food and drinks. It’s a great way to view the full spectrum of chamber member businesses and to see what’s new and exciting in the marketplace,” Naegelen added.
Complimentary beer and wine will be available, beginning at 5pm. For this reason, no children, please.
“Several businesses have been with us over the years as sponsors and partners,” she said.
Among them have been CenturyLink, The Boathouse at Front Street Village, Carteret Health Care, NCCOAST, Beasley Media Group, Carteret County News-Times, Crystal Coast Tent & Event Rentals, and WTKF FM 107.1 – The Talk Station.
Tisha Jones of Marine Federal Credit Union said: “We look forward to this event every year. Thank you for providing lead opportunities with potential and current credit union members along with great connections with our fellow exhibitors.”
Bubba Sanderson of Connecting Point Computer Center noted: “The Business After Hours Expo is phenomenal. It allows us to meet and greet many new potential clients, as well as conduct wonderful networking with other businesses in our area. We highly recommend this Expo to all Carteret County businesses!”
Exhibitor packets and contracts are now available at the chamber, 801 Arendell St., Morehead City. Or, for additional information, contact Julie Naegelen at 726-6350 or email@example.com.
The “early bird” booth fee of $135 for members is available through March 25. Add $25 for premium booth space. After March 25, the rate is $165 for members. Non-member rates are $450 now, or $500 after March 25.
Mike Wagoner, President
Carteret County Chamber of Commerce