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McDowell County’s business leaders are hoping for a clear “October Sky.”

That’s when the McDowell County Chamber of Commerce and the McDowell County Economic Development Authority will team up for the second annual Expo. The event is scheduled Oct. 10-11 at the National Guard Armory in Welch.

Chamber President Dolores Johnson said last year’s Expo was well received by the business community and area residents.

“We had about 100 vendors at the Expo representing the businesses and organizations in the county,” said Johnson, who was elected president this year after seven years of involvement with the Chamber.

“Our goal is to bring the county together,” she added. “We want to let the people in the county learn more about the business community and know what the organizations are doing.”

Johnson, who has been the city clerk in Gary for 36 years, said the Expo is an effective way to disseminate information to those who live in communities such as Big Creek, Iaeger and Coalwood, known because of its distinction as the hometown of author Homer Hickam. Another draw is the entertainment provided by local school groups.

Legislative Day in McDowell County on Oct. 9 serves as a kickoff for the Expo.

“We invite the representatives in Charleston for a tour of the county and meet with them during a reception,” she noted.

The Chamber and the EDA cooperate on the Expo and other county functions such as an annual banquet in September. Secretary Betty Jones is employed by both organizations in the shared office at 92 McDowell St. in Welch. The Chamber meets there at 8 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month.

It’s an active Chamber, according to Johnson. The group has regular business after hours sessions complemented with guest speakers on topics such as government and education at lunch and learn sessions in the local library.

In addition to Johnson and Jones, officers are Vice President Claude Banner, who is retired from US Steel and Treasurer Mary Odum of MCNB Banks (McDowell County National Bank).

Contact Jones at the McDowell County Chamber of Commerce at 304-436-4260.

 

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