Spaces are now available for the fifth annual Union Business Expo to be held next month.

Community Development Director Joseph Graves said about 15 vendors are on board, but there is room for 45-50.

“We fill it up every year,” he said. “This is a great opportunity to expose a business to people at a low cost.”

The cost to be a vendor is $10 and that all goes to advertising for the event, Graves explained. The event is free to attend and the public is encouraged to see what businesses Union has to offer.

This year’s expo will be held at the Union Memorial Auditorium at city hall Thursday, Oct. 10, from 3-7 p.m.

It is a joint effort between the Union Economic Development Department and the Union Area Chamber of Commerce.

Last year there were over 60 businesses at the expo, offering a wide range of services and products. The expo is an effort to showcase Union businesses and invite customers to visit those businesses.

To be a vendor, people may visit the community development office at Union City Hall,, or call Graves at 636-583-3600, or the Chamber at 636-583-8979.

“We always have a great crowd every year,” he said. “We anticipate selling out again and I would encourage any business to contact us as soon as possible — once we are full, we stop giving out registration forms.”

This year there will be redesigned Union, Mo., T-shirts available for a $5 donation to the Union Food Pantry.

“This is a great chance contribute a good amount of money to the food pantry at critical time of year.

Donations of food items will not be turned away, but cash donations are preferred, and T-shirts will not be given in exchange for food donations.

“Any time businesses are able to network with other businesses, and pick up useful info, it is good for everybody,” Graves said.

There will be a networking breakfast for vendors the morning of the expo. Booths can be set up following the breakfast.

“This will be an opportunity for businesses to network with each other, learn about each other,” Graves said.

He added that the breakfast is an opportunity for business leaders to meet Union Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Aimee Frey, and a chance to meet the city’s community development department staff.

The Hot Dog Man will be outside of the event selling food.

The Franklin County Humane Society also is slated to be outside at the expo with animals up for adoption.