Burr Ridge/Willowbrook expo showcases businesses
Christine Cigler, maketing coordinator for the Indian Prairie Public Library, and intern Aly Krawczyk talk to guests about library programs during last year's business expo. | Curtis Lehmkuhl~Sun-Times Media
Explore the Expo
What: Willowbrook/Burr Ridge Chamber of Commerce Business Expo
Where: Ashton Place, 75th and Clarendon Hills Road, Willowbrook
When: 1-6 p.m. March 6
Information: (630) 654-0909, wbbrchamber.org
Updated: April 29, 2013 2:16AM
WILLOWBROOK — Think of it as a one-stop mini-mall.
For one afternoon each year, the Willowbrook/Burr Ridge Business Expo brings together a wide variety of local businesses all under one roof. Those businesses range from retirement communities to providers of security systems, personal chefs to landscapers.
“We’re looking at about 30 booths or so,” said Lisa Shemroske, former president of the Willowbrook/Burr Ridge Chamber of Commerce and chairman of this year’s 15th annual event.
The Expo isn’t just a chance for merchants to market themselves. It also is a way for busy business people to get to know their neighbors, and to discover retailers and services in their own back yards.
Dave Kohlsaat of Grass One in Willowbrook hopes the expo will lead to jobs in some of those back yards.
“We are full landscape services and maintenance as well as snow removal and ice control,” Kohlsaat said.
The 20-year-old company is taking part in the expo for the first time. Kohlsaat said involvement in the Expo is one of many ways the company is working to grow by embedding itself in the community.
“We want our business to be right here, in the back yard,” he said.
Kohlsaat said the Expo offers a great way to reach other businesses and residents.
Visitors to the Expo can expect giveaways and raffle prizes, as well as a chance to hear this year’s guest speaker, FOX News meteorologist Tammie Souza.
“She draws a crowd,” Shemroske said.
Souza will speak at 1:30 p.m. on the subject Saving Lives During Severe Weather With Social Media. The talk is open to the public.
Admission to the Expo is free.