Business Expo slated for May 1


The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold Business Expo 2014 on

Thursday, May 1, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Expo will be open to the general public from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

This year’s Expo will have an overall theme of “Hollywood.” Exhibitors are encouraged to be creative in the planning of their booths while using this theme.

Sandra Graves of Trotter Ford-Lincoln is this year’s Expo Chair.

“I appreciate all the help from my committee members in getting this exciting event coordinated,” Graves said. “And I’m looking forward to seeing how our exhibitors incorporate the Hollywood theme in their booth design.”

Additionally, The Chamber is introducing new Expo hours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a “VIP Premiere” preview time from 9 to 10 a.m. During the preview time, the arena will be open exclusively to exhibitors and their most valued, invited customers and clients.

Simmons First National Bank is the sponsor of the Business Expo Breakfast, which begins at 7 a.m. and will feature a guest speaker, as well as announcement of the Business Person of the Year and Non-Profit Business of the Year.

Tickets for Expo breakfast are now on sale at The Chamber office. They are $15 per person. A general admission armband to Expo costs $5.

Two special events also will be held, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., during Expo: a Health Fair and a Community Spotlight.

The Health Fair, presented by Jefferson Regional Medical Center, will be located at the back of the convention center arena and will feature several informative booths. Various health screenings also will be available to Expo visitors.

Community Spotlight, sponsored by the Pine Bluff Convention and Visitors Bureau and Southeast Arkansas College, will feature information on 18 charitable organizations serving Jefferson County and will be located in the West Concourse.

Relyance Bank will present the event’s grand prize at the end of the day.

Scott Systems, Inc., will treat exhibitors to an exclusive social during the move-in time on the day before Expo. Tara Promotional Products, Inc., will host the Exhibitors Hospitality Suite during Expo.

Billy Coble with KTRN will broadcast live from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The radio remote is co-sponsored by JRMC and Strong Manufacturing.

Initially, booth sales were limited to members of the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce; however, booth rentals are now open to the general business public.

Each eight-by-10-foot booth will include eight-foot back drapes, three-foot divider curtains, a six-foot table and two chairs. Chamber member businesses may reserve space at $250 per booth. The non-member rate is $360 per booth. For

additional information on booth space, contact The Chamber at 535-0110