Ski town’s other industries get spotlight
The Park City Chamber/Bureau concluded its annual Professional Services & Non Profit Trade Show Wednesday evening at the Kimball Arts Center.
So much of the Chamber/Bureau’s efforts are focused on promoting the tourism industry, the Trade Show is a chance to show its members in the retail, service and nonprofit sectors "a little love," said membership coordinator Julie Sommers.
The event has become a spring tradition attended by around 300 people visiting nearly 50 booths promoting local businesses.
Exhibitor E.J. Raven, a chiropractor at Freedom Chiropractic at Kimball Junction, said he relishes the opportunity to meet other business owners.
"It’s so successful I’d like to see them hold it twice a year," he said. "It’s healthy for the community. If you’re going to buy local, you’ve got to know who they are."
Michelle Palmer, sales manager for Destination VIP, said it was her first time at the Trade Show.
Her company, which does special-event planning, recently formed a new partnership with All Resorts Transportation. After 11 years in the community, Palmer said she attended the Trade Show seeing it as a chance to introduce the new portfolio of services.
"It’s great to learn new things about the business community in Park City; we want to meet new faces all the time," Palmer added.
The show is also an opportunity for residents to meet some of the nonprofit groups in the area and become familiar with volunteer opportunities that are available, Sommers said.
The Peace House and the Egyptian Theater, for example, are two very different organizations, she said, but both can provide rewarding experiences to people who get involved with them.
"For these organizations, this is an easy and inexpensive way to get the word out about what they do," she said.
"This showcases how vibrant the business community is here," Sommers added.
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