The only change in the plans for the Carolina Forest Civic Association’s Business Expo is the date.

The Saturday, March 30 event was originally scheduled for Sept. 15, but Hurricane Florence changed that.

“We’re doing this to benefit small business owners and to benefit the community,” said the association’s vice-president, Greg Schwartz.

It’s an opportunity, he said, for the community to meet vendors they can know and trust so they can shop locally.

The businesses represented will either be Carolina Forest-based, or the owner of the business will be a resident of The Forest.

The expo will be at the Carolina Forest Recreation Center from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. with 43 booths chock full of information about those local businesses.

Small giveaways and samples, printed information and representatives to answer questions about the businesses will be on hand.

There’s still time to get involved by calling Schwartz at 843-251-1032.

About $10,000 worth of door prizes including a home security system, hearing aids, a $500 gift card good at a local car dealership and a big-screen TV are among the door prizes.

The kinds of local businesses represented will include electrical and landscaping companies, plumbing companies, HVAC businesses, restaurants, carpet cleaners, granite companies, travel agencies, home security companies, vehicle repair companies and property management companies.

There will also be locals from a roofing company and entertainment venues, an audiologist, a marketing firm, a financial planner, representatives from sports and recreation facilities, and insurance company folks at the expo.

“It’s always good to keep money in the community, as opposed to sending it up to corporate America,” Schwartz said.

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