DADE CITY — The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce held its first Small Business Expo Thursday at the Dade City/Zephyrhills Hampton Inn, 13215 U.S. 301 in Dade City. Thirty small businesses — those with 25 or fewer employees — participated in the expo.
The free event was an opportunity to network and a chance for the public to sample the businesses’ wares.
Organizers had to set up tents outside to accommodate the overflow from unexpectedly strong attendance. All indoor spots were sold out.
John Moors, executive director of the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce, said before the event that he hopes the number of businesses involved in the expo will double in the future, increasing the networking opportunities between businesses, clients and suppliers.
Moors estimated 75 percent of the more than 400 chamber members can be classified as small businesses. Chamber members include businesses from Dade City, Zephyrhills, Wesley Chapel and as far north as Hernando County.
“Any time you get the opportunity to network and display what you’re doing — and showing the public and your other business partners what you do — then it’s a good thing,” Moors said. “Especially for small businesses that may not have the big advertising budgets of the bigger businesses.”