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TWINSBURG -- More than 70 businesses from Twinsburg, Aurora and Solon are ready to "Explore the Possibilities" at the sold-out 3Chamber Women's Expo, set for Jan. 26 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Twinsburg.
The expo, begun four years ago by Twinsburg Chamber of Commerce member Judy Caine of Prosperity NEO in Solon, is the most popular expo organized by the Twinsburg Chamber throughout the year, according to Chamber officials. More than 600 people attended the expo last year.
"And we'd love to meet that again this year," Caine said. "It's a great networking event for all people, an interactive event where you can meet great people and do some great networking. It's a great place to learn and have fun."
The 3Chamber Women's Expo had more humble beginnings, starting as informal after-hours gatherings through the Twinsburg Chamber of Commerce's Twinsburg Women in Networking group, or TWIN. Professional women from many different backgrounds gathered to exchange ideas and contact information.
Those early groups blossomed into the first 3Chamber Women's Expo in January 2014 as the Aurora and Solon chambers of commerce came on board, and the expo has grown ever since -- incorporating all types of vendors and offering an experience for men, women and families.
"I thought the [Twinsburg] Chamber could use a group of women who could network and learn from each other," Caine said of the early years. "We knew then we were going to be making an impact."
This year will feature a change in theme, according to Twinsburg Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Abby Fechter, from "New Year, New You" to "Explore the Possibilities." As well, the 2017 expo will begin a half-hour later at 4:30 p.m., allowing people a little more time to get out of work and over to the Hilton Garden Inn.
Other than those changes, Chamber officials say if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
"We kept much of everything else the same," Fechter said. "This has been such a great success for all three chambers."
Fechter said the Twinsburg Chamber of Commerce will offer Bicentennial information at its booth this year, as the city of Twinsburg, village of Reminderville and Twinsburg Township celebrate the community's 200th birthday in 2017. There will also be walkaway gifts and a chance to win prizes via a drawing at the Twinsburg Chamber booth.
"This is one of our favorite expos to put on every year," Fechter said. "We get to showcase all of the great businesses here in Twinsburg and the area."
Dr. Shelby Vojtech Zackaroff, chiropractic physician and owner of Chiromax on Darrow Road in Twinsburg, has had a booth at each of the first three expos and is one of the main sponsors this year.
"The expo has been a successful event for participants and attendees," Zackaroff said. "It connects people in the local communities and chambers. This allows me to see my current patients and meet other people who reside or work in close proximity to my office. It also affords opportunities to speak directly with potential patients and customers.
"We are able to educate these people about Chiromax, our services, products and the overall benefits to their livelihood. Health and wellness are important to us and the expo allows us to share this message."
Jackie Comeaux, owner of J Nicole Fashion and Design on White Marsh Drive in Twinsburg, is attending the expo for the first time.
"Hopefully women will stop by my booth to discover a 'new you' and try to update their style," Comeaux said. "Hopefully people walk away with a better understanding of what it's like to be stylish and chic!"
For more information on the Jan. 26 expo, call the Twinsburg Chamber of Commerce at 330-963-6249.