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Business Expo and Community Showcase

Whether you have lived in Palatine for a few months or for many years, mark your calendar for Saturday, Nov. 11, and plan to spend some of your day at the Falcon Park Recreation Center, 2195 N. Hicks Rd.

The Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce will give you the opportunity that day to learn more about the businesses of Palatine and to enjoy free entertainment and demonstrations by local groups when the Chamber holds its second annual free Business Expo and Community Showcase from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“We are excited to once again bring so many of our local businesses and associations together in one location to showcase and demonstrate everything our chamber members have to offer to the residents of Palatine,” said Chamber President Jan Wood.

At the first event, held last year, 55 local businesses and associations participated, talking to residents about the services and products they offer and even giving out free samples. This year Executive Director Steve Gaus expects to accommodate approximately 70 local businesses.

“We loved being able to give our local businesses a chance to meet and greet Palatine residents and to give our talented local groups a chance to showcase their abilities – dancers, animal groups, singers, police canines, characters in costumes and much more,” Gaus added. “It was a great event that we look forward to being even better this year. Everyone left there feeling great and we are excited to build on that.”

“So many residents told us that they were excited to see the hidden gems of Palatine which they didn’t know were here and we loved that,” Wood said. “Chamber members were also pleased.”

Janet Leigh of LuLaRoe, a vendor at last year’s expo, commented that “the Palatine Chamber Business Expo and Community Showcase was absolutely wonderful. It provided me the opportunity to get my name out in the community and meet people face to face. I met so many wonderful people and gained many new customers. It was well worth it.”

Because this year’s event will be held on Veteran’s Day, the Chamber plans on honoring veterans at the expo.

In addition, there will be live demonstrations, giveaways, raffle baskets, a 50/50 cash raffle and a kids’ entertainment and activity area.

The Palatine Park District is the event’s presenting sponsor.

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