Chamber business bureau targets unemployed

Oct 10 2011 - 8:39pm

OGDEN -- Business entrepreneurs and those seeking jobs might be in luck Wednesday if they visit the Ogden/Weber Chamber of Commerce's annual Top of Utah Business Expo. The expo is free to the public and runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Golden Spike Events Center. This year's event will also offer breakfast and an after-hours party.

The breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. and costs $10. Attendees will be treated to an hourlong seminar by "The Hired Guns," an LLC with Craig Johnson and Lannie Scopes, who will offer internal and external communications tips. They seek to build brands through improved communications to current and potential customers, as well as team members and employees.

The two will also present 15-minute vignettes at the top of each hour throughout the expo. The Western theme of the expo is centered around the presenters.

The vignettes are something new to the expo, which features at least 75 vendor booths, including restaurants, candy shops and flower businesses.

"Every top of the hour and bottom of the hour we will have something going on," said Kevin Ireland, the chamber's development director. At the bottom of the hour will be minute-to-win-it games.

"Our real goal is to let the community know what businesses are out there that they can purchase from or even work for," Ireland said.

A focus of the expo will be to help those who are unemployed see what employment opportunities are available in the Top of Utah.

SOS staffing services will be on hand to help with resume-writing and application skills.

Ireland encourages students to come check out the offerings. There will also be plenty of opportunities for unemployed skilled workers. "People can see what trades' options are available as well," Ireland said.

The chamber's monthly after-hours party will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the expo. The cost is $7 for non-chamber members.

Vendors can still sign up to be a part of the expo until 5 p.m. today, and breakfasts will be sold until the event starts.

"The idea of the expo is for people to get their name out there," Ireland said. "It's a great opportunity to get your name out to the public and to talk to other businesses and be able to support each other."

The Golden Spike Events Center is at 1000 N. 1200 West in Ogden.

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