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Chamber holds annual showcase

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By Melissa Blankenship

For 20 years now, the Oldham County Chamber & Economic Development has provided a venue for local businesses to introduce their services to the public. This year’s Showcase Oldham County will be held Friday, March 7, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Oldham County YMCA Soccer Complex located at 20 Quality Place in Buckner.

“Showcase Oldham County is a long-time tradition,” said Deana Epperly-Karem, executive director of the Chamber. “It offers business leaders a chance to see each other, but its main purpose is to give Oldham County businesses a chance to showcase their programs and services.”

The free event offers something for the entire family including over 70 booths highlighting area businesses, free family activities, a food court featuring locally owned restaurants and a bouncy and crafts for the kids. Entertainment for the event starts at 4:15 p.m. with The Oldham County Performance Troupe, followed by a martial arts demonstration by Kentucky Tae Kwon do at 4:45 p.m., and finished off with an encore performance of The Oldham County Performance Troupe at 5:15 p.m.

Baptist Health La Grange will host a health fair and LiveInOldhamCounty .com is giving away a dream house and car.

A major attraction of last year’s event was the basketball shooting competition for elementary and middle school aged boys and girls. Over 120 athletes from across the county will compete in a shoot-out again this year.

“Everything we do in this event is focused on Oldham County. Our exhibitors are Oldham County businesses or Chamber members. Entertainment is from local schools or organizations. All our partners represent Oldham County in some way,” Epperly-Karem said. “We focus on the Oldham County community and opportunities.”

Exhibitors at the event enjoy a “captive” audience, drawn in by all the entertainment and activities, and an excellent opportunity to reinforce their brand recognition and attract new customers. But Epperly-Karem hopes they get a little more out of being at the event as well.

“We hope they have fun,” Epperly-Karem said. “If exhibitors have fun with their booths and do something creative and interesting to draw visitors, I know they will get noticed.”

Epperly-Karem said all Oldham County residents were welcome and encouraged to attend the Showcase, as it provides a great opportunity to learn more about the community and what local businesses have to offer.

“You don’t have to go outside of the county to shop,” Epperly-Karem said. “We also encourage folks all around the region to come see what Oldham County has to offer. It’s a great time to celebrate what’s here.”

The objective of the Showcase fits perfectly with the mission of the Chamber – to provide networking and professional development to its membership while finding ways to promote them throughout the community.

“This Showcase theme is Creating Opportunities,” Epperly-Karem said. “We chose this because we feel that Showcase Oldham County is an opportunity for exhibitors to get noticed. We work hard to bring in the crowd and our exhibitors work hard to participate and share their stories.”

A new addition to the event this year is the Showcase Kickoff Luncheon, at which the Chamber’s 50 years of service to Oldham County will be celebrated. At the opening of the luncheon, the Oldham County Singers will lead “My Old Kentucky Home” as more than 15 of the Chamber’s former board chairs parade into the room for a “Walk of Chairs.”

“By honoring these leaders, we feel we are paying tribute to all of the businesses that have made the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce a successful and resourceful organization,” Epperly-Karem said.

The Oldham County Chamber & Economic Development is a private/public partnership providing business expansion and attraction services to the Oldham County area. Currently over 430 businesses are members.

For more information about Showcase Oldham County, please call the Chamber at 222-1635.

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