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Saline Chamber of Commerce Business Expo draws 400

  • The Saline County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo on April 12 pack the Bonan Business Center in Harrisburg.

    The Saline County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo on April 12 pack the Bonan Business Center in Harrisburg.
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  • Members of the Saline County CEO group display their businesses at the Business Expo.

    Members of the Saline County CEO group display their businesses at the Business Expo.
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  • Avon representative Sarah Drone displays some of her products at the Expo.

    Avon representative Sarah Drone displays some of her products at the Expo.
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By Travis DeNeal tdeneal@dailyregister.com
Posted on 4/20/2018, 1:00 AM

SALINE COUNTY -- The Saline County Chamber of Commerce's annual Business Expo was a successful showcase of area businesses, organizers say.

"We had about 400 people come through here, which is a good number," Chamber administrative assistant Kristen Shull said. "The Business Expo is a great way for businesses to get in front of people they might not otherwise reach."

It's also a great opportunity for young entrepreneurs. Cindy Mitchell, the facilitator for Saline County's CEO program, said it gives students in the program experience that could be critical to becoming a business owner and developer.

CEO, an acronym for Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities, is a program in which county high school seniors develop an idea for a business, then learn how to find investors in the product, market it and successfully sell it.

"The young women and men in this program learn firsthand what it takes to build a successful business," Mitchell said. "Opportunities like this expo give them experience they need."