Hundreds of area residents and business people visited Lakeshore High School Thursday afternoon to attend the annual West St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce Expo.
Ninety exhibitors lined the hallways of Lakeshore High for the first ever showcase of St. Tammany Parish businesses held in a public school. Lakeshore High School was itself showcased as many people visited the facility for the first time. The arrangement was a new partnership between the Chamber of Commerce and the St. Tammany Parish Public School System.
Superintendent W. L. “Trey” Folse, III, welcomed the public and exhibitors to the event on behalf of the School System, saying, “We are certainly excited to have you here and be a part of the chamber for this exciting event. We value the chamber as one of our community partners and thank you for giving us the opportunity to host Expo 2012.”
He gave a brief overview of Lakeshore High School and thanked Principal Brennan McCurley for working with the chamber to make the event a success. “We look forward to a continuing partnership with the Chamber for many years to come,” he said.
Chamber President and CEO Lacey Toledano also greeted the visitors to the annual exposition where business people took the opportunity to network, explain their goods and services, and meet the public face to face. “We are thrilled with the way the mall looks with all our exhibitors, and we appreciate the School System opening its doors to help us showcase all these products and services from throughout the community,” she said.
The exhibits ran from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. with students from the Talented Music Program providing entertainment. Talented music students taking part included Andrew Bays, Scott Brady, Kelsey Bordelon, Brandi Callais, Claire and Paige Putnam.
The chamber has been hosting annual marketplace shows for area businesses for more than 17 years.
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