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16th Annual Orange Business and Community Expo

Save the date for the 16th Annual Orange Business and Community Expo being held on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange.  Annemarie Sliby, Executive Director says, “We are looking forward to hosting the 16th Expo and would like to welcome the public and business population to stop by to network and enjoy the day.”

The Expo is free and open to the public.  Business owners, their employees, and local residents can look forward to product demonstrations, activities, raffles and food trucks.  Visit and network with 56 business vendors including:  Albertus Magnus College, All American Waste, Cody White Funeral Home, Beardsley Zoo, Orange Visiting Nurse Association,  Shops at Yale, University of Bridgeport, Visiting Angels and many more.  For a complete list, check our website at

A Speed Networking event is taking place from 10 am to 11 am prior to Expo opening.  This will be a fun and effective way to make connections.  Rob Thomas, of Rob Thomas CT, professional networking coach, will be the moderator.  Seating is limited and registration is required.  Cost is $15 per person and includes goodie bag, refreshments and raffle entry.

Followng the Expo,  the Orange Chamber of Commerce together with Eli’s restaurant, will host a Business After Hours event on site under the Pavilion at High Plains Community Center.  See the Orange Chamber booth for details.

Vendor space is still available.  Showcase your business, products or service, sell your products on site, and network with business vendors/attendees.  Vendor space is limited to 56 exhibitor booths.  “Booth space is selling fast and we expect to be sold out by the end of April,” Sliby states.

Exhibitor space is reasonably priced at $300 for an 8 foot booth, which includes pipe and drape, linen topped-skirted table and 1 chair.  In addition, all vendors receive their business information listed in the Event Program, their business marketing materials included in Event Welcome Bags, their company name listed in OrangeLife Magazine, an entry into the Vendor/Sponsor appreciation raffle, and exhibitor lanyards.  Booths with electricty is very limited, but may be provided for an additional $100.  If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please register on-line at the OEDC website, or call the OEDC office at (203) 891-1045.

If you unable participate as a vendor in the Expo this year, your business can still have a presence.  For just $75, your marketing materials will be included in the Event Welcome Bags, which go to all attendees and vendors.  You may also place an ad in the Event Program; sizes and prices vary.  Please call our office at 891-1045 for information on both opportunites.

Many thanks to our sponsors:  Gold: Cohen and Wolf, NORTHEAST Electronics Corporation, Orange Economic Development Commission, Taylor Rental/Party Plus and The Shops at Yale; Bronze:  Connex Credit Union, Statefarm Insurance, Shop Rite, All American Waste, Subway; Pewter: The Eagle Leasing Company and Hurwitz, Sagarin, Slossberg and Knuff.  Event Bags:  Colonial Properties.  For more information, call the Orange Economic Development Corporation at (203) 891-1045 or visit the website at

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