Jamestown Business Expo


Article Contributed by
Mallery Rockwell

The 2nd annual Jamestown Business Expo is slated for October 5 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This exciting business event is made possible by Jamestown Business First LLC, Lynn Development, Inc., the City of Jamestown and the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation.

Symposium Series and Vendor Exhibits
This year the Business Symposium Series will feature educational speakers at the Willow Bay Theater from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on 21 East Third Street on the fourth floor. Speakers will discuss a variety of topics on business tips and techniques to empower small businesses.

Todd Tranum from the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce will be speaking about taking on challenges and harnessing opportunity in a dynamic economy from 9 to 10 a.m. Jamestown Community College assistant professor and director of communication, Simone Sellstrom, will speak about social media marketing from 10 to 11 a.m. Other topics include local resource awareness and “Chautauqua County on the Move.”

Several vendor exhibits will feature stands from noon to 6 p.m. at the Lynn Building, 301 East Third Street on the second floor. Employees will be there to connect with the community and share information about their businesses. A selection of free samples and giveaways will be available throughout the expo.

Treats at the event will include Crown Street Roasting Company’s coffee, Full Moon Rising Bakery’s cupcakes and a furniture display brought by Pucci Flooring. The event is free and open to the public.

Keeping it Local
“The main goal of JBF is to keep business local and for all of the business to come to Jamestown,” said Mandy Finch, Marketing Coordinator for Jamestown Business First. This event is a wonderful opportunity for businesses to form relationships with people in the community and obtain new clients. The expo will help support Jamestown businesses and is also presented for people who may not be located in Jamestown but are interested in learning about Jamestown businesses.

“I think it’s important because it gives a lot of small businesses that people may not know about an opportunity to meet new clients and give out samples,” Finch said. “It’s really nice for new businesses too. If people need something they’ll know who to call.”

“This is a networking event for company owners and the public to learn about new businesses,” said Heather Lynn, Director of Marketing for Lynn Development.

“It’s not too late to still sign up,” Lynn said. “We still want to get more vendors registered.” Vendors can register for the expo right up until the event. However, the sooner vendors register, the easier Finch and Lynn can prepare for everyone’s benefit. Anyone interested can register as a vendor or as a speaker by visiting JamestownBusinessFirst.com.

The public is encouraged to leave feedback. For more information and to take a survey, visit JamestownBusinessFirst.com.