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Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Business Expo to showcase local products, talents
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Kimbrough Law elder care coordinator Alice Woodard speaks with Randall Rylee at the Gainesville Civic Center Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, during the annual Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Business Expo. The 2019 expo is set for Feb. 21. - photo by Scott Rogers

Organizations, groups and businesses will take the spotlight Thursday, Feb. 21, showcasing their talents and products at Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business Expo.

Because of the recent temporary closure of the Civic Center’s ballroom, the chamber moved the event to the new Lanier Technical College Ramsey Conference Center on 2535 Lanier Tech Drive in Gainesville. People can find it at the traffic light off of I-985 near the RaceTrac gas station.

The event kicks off at 11:30 a.m. with the Annual Business Luncheon.

Amanda Wilbanks, founder and CEO of Gainesville’s Southern Baked Pie Company, will lead the luncheon as a keynote speaker.

“We thought the luncheon would be great for Amanda Wilbanks,” Kit Dunlap, CEO and president of Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce said. “She started making pies from her grandmother’s recipes, and now has storefronts.”

Southern Baked Pie Company has locations in Gainesville, Alpharetta and Buckhead.

Wilbanks recently published a book titled, “Southern Baked: Celebrating Life with Pie,” which features Southern recipes for holidays and other occasions.

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Amanda Wilbanks, founder of Southern Baked Pie Company, recently released her first cookbook. Her pies are also going to be in the Williams-Sonoma catalog this fall. - photo by Scott Rogers

Wilbanks will share key moments and marketing techniques that led to her success during the luncheon.

Reservations are required for the luncheon portion of the event because of limited space.

The Business Expo will begin right after the luncheon at 1 p.m., and end at 6 p.m. The trade show is free and open to the public.

Dunlap said the event will feature 65 exhibitors, who will set up tables in the conference center to share their products and network with attendees.

“I want the community to be exposed to the different kinds of businesses,” she said. “Most of these are small businesses. People should come learn about them and about what they do, whether a service or a product.”

The chamber will offer door prizes throughout the event, including gift certificates valued up to $100, tickets to the 10th annual Art with Heart auction and two seats at the Robin Williams Tribute Show by impressionist David Born.

The expo is tied to A Taste of Gainesville at Business After Hours, which takes place from 4-6 p.m. By paying a $5 entry fee, people will get the chance to try specialty menu items from 2 Dog Restaurant, Chicken Salad Chick, Fajitas Mexican Restaurant, Gainesville Seafood Market, Mountain Fresh Creamery, Panera Bread, RLM Affairs and Sliced.

People can make reservations for the luncheon by visiting or by calling 770-532-6206.

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Kit Dunlap
Business Expo 2019

What: Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s annual trade show

When: 1-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21; an 11:30 a.m. luncheon by reservation only

Where: Lanier Technical College Ramsey Conference Center at 2535 Lanier Tech Drive in Gainesville

Admission: Free; luncheon tickets are $15 for chamber members and $25 for non-members; Taste of Gainesville entry costs $5

More info: 770-532-6206 or
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