After a 15-year hiatus, the Drayton Valley and District Chamber of Commerce is hosting a trade show on April 12 and 13.

Dianne Huska, an executive director with the Chamber, says she’s been thinking about starting up the trade show for quite a while. She says she is a member of the Alberta Chamber of Commerce and other communities have recently begun hosting trade shows since the pandemic.

Huska says she has booked the floor in the curling rink, the lounge and the MacKenzie Centre and the Chamber is partnering with the Drayton Valley Farmer’s Market for the event.

“They’ll have a two day show in the MacKenzie Centre, and we’ll be in the Curling Rink,” she says.

There are currently 23 vendors who have signed up for the event, but Huska says she’s hoping to see more.

“I need at least another 40,” she says.

In order to make the tradeshow look as good as possible, Huska says they’ve hired a company to help them with the layout design and set up and take down. 

Part of the costs for the trade show is covered by a grant, says Huska, and there will also be businesses offering jobs to help fulfill the grant requirements. She says they are also inviting non-profit groups to join the event.

“We’ve opened it to everybody,” she says. “If you’ve got something you want to tell the public, book a booth. It’s a good opportunity.”

There are also some businesses coming in from out of town, says Huska, though she would prefer there were more from the area.

Huska says a table with power is $425 and tables without power are $400.

One thing Huska says businesses need to consider bringing is giveaways that would draw people into the booth. She says business cards and branded goods are also a great idea to attract people.

“We’ve got to cover every angle,” she says.

Huska says businesses have until April to book a table for the event. Those who are interested can reach out to the Chamber at 780-542-7578 or email her at executive@dvchamber.ca.

By Amanda Jeffery, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published on Mar 08, 2024 at 10:05

This item reprinted with permission from   Free Press   Drayton Valley, Alberta

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