Business Expo brings together customers, companies in Wareham

Apr 20, 2017
Photo by: Matthew Bernat Forty vendors rented space at the fifth annual Business Expo held on Thursday.

When the Wareham Business Expo first launched it was a low-key affair with a handful of vendors. That’s no longer the case.

Now in its fifth year, the event attracted close to 400 visitors, 40 vendors and featured giveaways, music and plenty of free food inside the Rosebrook Events Center in the TownePlace Suites at Rosebrook Place.

“We sold out of space for vendors,” said Marie Oliva, president of the Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce. “This really provides a place for the public to come and check out their local businesses. All in all, it’s a great event.”

Usually held in June, this year organizers moved the Expo to April to attract more visitors, who may not want to spend time indoors on a beautiful summer day, said Oliva.

Jim Austin, who manned a booth for Cape Cod 5 Cents Bank at the event, said it offered an opportunity for local businesses to raise their profiles in the community. Also, it provided a chance for vendors to network with one another.

“We had a great showing today. There were a lot of folks we haven’t seen in awhile and some new ones as well,” said Austin. “This is a great way to kick off spring.”

While established organizations such as Cape Cod 5 Cents had a chance to show their services, the Expo gave new businesses an opportunity to spread the word as well.

Representing All-American Assisted Living was Front Desk Manager Madeline Murphy. Located at 300 Rosebrook Way, the new assisted living facility is set to have its grand opening later this month. New Jersey-based developer Kaplan Development Group LLC broke ground at the site in May 2016. The facility has space for 112 residents and programs in place to provide a vibrant, welcoming and affordable place to live.

Murphy said she fielded questions from those wanting to learn more about the business at the expo.

“There’s been so many interested people passing through today,” she said. “It’s been a great experience.”

Selectman Alan Slavin, left, speaks with Cape Cod 5 Cent Bank's Jim Austin during the Expo. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Madeline Murphy represented the soon-to-open All-American Assisted Living at Thursday's Business Expo. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
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