3,000-plus turn out for Republic biz expo

Expo joins back-to-school crowd with businesses
The Republic Community Center was a hive of activity Saturday afternoon during the annual Republic Business Expo, hosted by the Republic Area Chamber of Commerce. More than 3,000 people attended the affair which not only featured a maxed-out 70 vendors and their businesses, but also free haircuts for kids, free school supplies, food trucks, bounce houses and a live band.

Chamber Director Macy Mitchell was excited about the success of the event.
"Our goal was to serve the community at a high capacity while bringing awareness to our local businesses and stimulate the economy, showing everyone in the region what Republic has to offer, and we feel we accomplished that," Mitchell said. "Our business community, non-profits, and school system partnered to make this one of the largest give back events of the year with free school supplies, haircuts, face painting, giveaways, kids zone, aquatic center, live music and more."
Mitchell was also thankful for the businesses who stepped up for the community.
"As a local business owner as well, my intention was to get each attendee in front of each organization who was a part of the expo, as I know I would desire the same attention for my businesses," Mitchell said. "And while I hope and feel this was accomplished, our businesses still managed to show their generosity to the public, knowing we scratch each other's backs and take care of each other.  This event has grown each year, and we have had to come up with new ideas to adapt to handle that. We are already excited about next year, and doing more for the community than ever!"



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