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Buy Local combines with Safe and Green
Chamber to host events on Friday
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Buy Local Expo and Safe & Green Expo

What: Exhibits, seminars and miniworkshops

When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday

Where: Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St., Gainesville

How much: $10

More info: Michelle Wiley,

On Friday, The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce will host its annual “Buy Local” business expo in conjunction with the Safe and Green Expo.

The expo starts at 9 a.m. and continues until 2 p.m., featuring exhibits, workshops and lunch for attendees who pay the $10 entrance fee.

“It really promotes business-to-business networking,” chamber President Kit Dunlap said. “Businesses are all local, so they have this opportunity that increases the economic viability of the event.”

This year, the expo is being combined with Safe and Green, which in the past was a separate event.

“Safe and Green will incorporate the same thing, opportunities for business(es) to increase safety in their workplace and be environmentally friendly.”

And being green is not only a money saver, but a moneymaker nowadays, said Shelley Davis with the chamber. Davis is heading up the green portion.

“It used to always be that way because it takes too much time or effort to be green and you don’t make any profit,” she said. “But that’s not the case today. And especially some of the speakers, a couple of the visitors coming, will be able to really physically show they have had that success.”

Davis cited some examples.

“Lighting, for example. Green lighting for a new building will save energy over a certain number of years. It used to be that that timeline after the investment was too long and too expensive, and today it has been shortened,” Davis said.

This year will feature a change of venue to the Gainesville Civic Center from the old Georgia Mountains Center.

Dunlap said the venue should meet the number of attendees, and the chamber will employ shuttles to cover any parking shortages.

“We think it’s really exciting. We have somebody coming from Haberhsam who’s bringing 10 of their employees. We really encourage people to come out.”

And consumers and business owners can benefit from entrepreneurial knowledge.

“They may be looking for jobs, they may want to purchase something from one of the vendors. Any individual can learn something, too, and are welcome to attend.”

Dunlap said the expo will feature close to 80 business contributors.

“It’ll be maybe a different audience for both. People will go to one who in the past didn’t go to the other, and vice versa, so absolutely we think it’ll be a new dynamic and really get everybody informed,” she said.

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