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Thursday, July 24, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-21 By LLOYD MULLEN Iloyd@masoncounty. com The Business Expo & Bite of Mason County saw almost 3,000 attendees last week. "I think it went incredibly well," said Patty Ayala Ross, Shelton Tim- berland Library manager and cham- ber spokesperson. Though the expo changed locations from The Pavilion at Sentry Park to the Shelton High School Mini Dome this year, the conference went better than expected, according to chamber spokesperson Deidra Eaton. "I didn't have a single complaint all day long. Not from a vendor or partici- pant," Ayala Ross explained. "That to me means everyone was having a good time." To keep things lively, the chamber hosted three fashion shows through- out the day to help showcase small, lo- cal boutiques. Food was a large part of the expo this year. "We got a lot of feedback about be- ing able to sit down and have lunch," Eaton explained. "We had a lot of guest comments saying that they loved hav- ing a place to sit and eat. I think that was fun and the businesses appreci- ated that." Community building is the main purpose of the expo, according to Ay- ala Ross. "We're all trying our best to serve Mason County. The boutiques that were there all have good intentions for the community. This event solidifies that it's not only good for business, but the community as well," Ayala Ross said. The sponsors were hugely helpful, Eaton said. "There is a tremendous expense turning a gym into an expo and hav- ing no charge to the community," Ea- ton explained. "Again this year we had amazing sponsors. Our media spon- sors were hugely helpful. Not only providing the support to get things off the ground, but getting the word out as well." Next year. Ayala Ross said, the chamber committee will start adver- tising the event to the community much earlier. "Other than that, I think we hit the nail on the head," Ayala Ross said. Ji Lee, owner of Osaka Asian Bistro, stirs egg flower soup. Courtesy photo "You live and learn. Other than that, I think it was great. I love the loca- tion." The people's choice Golden Fork was awarded to Smoking Mo's for the second year in a row. Hood Ca- nal Communications was voted Best Booth. For more information on the Busi- ness Expo & Bite, call 426-2021. OU Subscribe today and save s15 per year off the newsstand price! You and thousands of others read the Journal every week. Complete this form, clip it and mail with your check to RO. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584 You can order by phone (360) 426-4412 with your credit card, or stop by our office at 227 W. Cota St., Shelton. Please check: 0 New CI Renewal Name: Address: City:_ State:Zip: Phone: Email: [7 s37 (Mason County address) [ s51 (Elma or Bremerton address) s51 (in Washington State) s61 per year out of state