There was an encouraging article in this week’s Bryan County News. Ross Blair covered the presentation given by Michael Toma, Armstrong Atlantic State University Director for the Center for Regional Analysis. At a meeting earlier this week, Toma provided evidence that the future of Bryan County includes large growth in population and economics.
Well, the line at my daughters’ schools support the bigger population idea. I have to get there an HOUR before school lets out to keep my kindergartner from labeling me “one of the late mommies.” Seems completely ridiculous, but it a great time to catch up on my reading.
As far as economic development goes, this weekend’s Business Expo provides a big “Yes!” vote. The Richmond Hill/Bryan County Chamber of Commerce has once again put together the event that allows local businesses to showcase their talents and wares. Held at the recreation center in Richmond Hill, Friday night was closed to the public and allowed the vendors an opportunity to peruse the other booths and mingle with the other participants. Saturday and Sunday, however, is the reason they are there. Free to the public, the entire community has been invited out to see what Bryan County has to offer.
Some of the local vendors included:
Page Printing – local printer of just about anything you could possibly need
Century 21 Ways Station – Obviously, my personal favorite as this is our sister office. Suzanne, Deborah, and Rob were out there educating others about Richmond Hill Real Estate
Bryan County News – local, bi-weekly newspaper and Expo Executive Sponsor
Enchanted Unicorn, A Children’s Boutique – Lori Fisher provides cute children’s clothes and great products for when they get dirty. Expo Entrepreneurial sponsor
Cindy’s Custom Framing & Antique Art, Inc Cindy’s shop does great work. She was especially fantastic with my daughter’s third grade art project. Expo Entrepreneurial Sponsor.
Signature Outfitters – Jacqueline Smith provides custom embroidery.
Pampered Chef – Tina Torres helps bring the family back to the table. Expo Entrepreneurial Sponsor.
Southcoast Medical Group – I trust them with my family.
Richmond Hill Magazine – A wonderful magazine focused on Richmond Hill and Expo CEO Sponsor.
Sugar Magnolia Homes – Richmond Hill home builder.
Tupperware – Tanya Tucker has the cure for what ails your leftovers.
Monavie – Jason Torres has some supplements for your health
First Horizon Home Loans – Patricia Small delivers home loans with a personal touch
Cobblestone Photography & Design – Beth Smithberger and the gang show off their phenomenal picture taking skills
Taste of Home Entertainment – Monica Brummer has the products that make home parties a snap
Computer Solutions & Office Supplies – Computer broke? They can fix it!
Skin Essentials – Skin a mess? Michelle can fix that!
The Shoe Box – They’ve got shoes that rock!
Edward Jones – Laura Evans gets you ready to retire – or whatever else you what your money to do.
Top2Bottom Organizing, LLC – Susan Tobelman can rearrange the biggest messes to increase peace and productivity.
International Center for Leadership and Coaching – Dana Boyd provides incredible insight into making life work for you. Expo Entrepreneurial Sponsor.
Energy Oasis Health Club & Day Spa – Kathy Ackerman is one of my personal heroes. Let her get your body right. Expo Entrepreneurial Sponsor.
PocketMedia Marketing – Need to get your brand out there? Jeff and the crew can help.
It was phenomenal to walk around the recreation center and see these guys and many more promoting their already successful businesses. It votes well for Bryan County and even better for those who are realizing their personal dreams.