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Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 6:32 pm

There still is a chance for vendors to take part in the Union Business Expo next week.

Community Development Director Joseph Graves said organizers still are accepting about 20-25 more vendors for this year’s event.

The 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.

Now there are 35 vendors scheduled to take part.

“The first priority is businesses in city limits,” Graves said. “If we still have space, we will open up to businesses outside the city limits.”

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.

“We’re a little low on numbers so far, but a lot of businesses tend to wait until the last minute,” Graves said. “The earlier people sign up the better chance their logos will be included in marketing.”

This is the fifth annual Union Business Expo.

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.

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

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

Half of the proceeds will go to the pantry, while the other half covers the cost of the shirt.

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.

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

“This is a laid-back environment for people who want to network, interact and learn from 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.

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