About 30 Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce member groups set up their wares Wednesday at the Aquatic Center’s Relics & Rods room to create the Chamber Consumer Marketplace.
This annual event was previously called the “Business Expo,” but the Chamber felt that the name might have led some of the community to think the event was only for businesses, so this year they changed to name to “Consumer Marketplace.” The event was also moved from August to October.
A wide range of businesses was represented, including skin care, health organizations, financial institutions, and tourist, educational, and service businesses. Many booths offered giveaways and raffles during the day.
RiverScene asked Chamber members what benefits they appreciate most.
Kathy Silverthorn, sales manager for the Hampton Inn, said “The Hampton Inn is a supporter of the community and the Chamber. Personally, I love the networking with the business community.”
Mike Kirk markets solar energy for Esmay Electric, and he values “one more level of communication with the customer.”
“I appreciate the opportunities the Chamber gives me to participate in community events,” Juliana Grandell said. She is an independent consultant with Rodan & Fields skin products.
“Being a member of the Chamber of Commerce gives us the opportunity to meet other great businesses and attend events like the Consumer Marketplace,” said Elaine Cullen, director of the Better Business Bureau in Havasu. “The events offer venues where BBB can talk with both businesses and consumers at one location.”
Stan Elliott, Vice Commandant of the Marine Corps League, Detachment 757 had high praise for the networking opportunities that the Chamber provides its members. “We interact all the time with people we have never interacted with before. We’ve found alliances that benefit each of us. We’ve met organizations that we now partner with at events. The Chamber helps promote businesses in the community. We wouldn’t be much of a charity if we only serve within ourselves. We’re a part of the community and serve all we can.”
This year’s theme was “’Havasu’s Best Business,” and winning the honor of Best Booth for displaying the theme was Wells Fargo.