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Explore, Experience, and Exchange at the 2016 Business & Education Expo


June 10, 2016





Largest showcase of Williamson County businesses and schools set for June 21 at The Factory


FRANKLIN, Tenn.—The 2016 Business & Education Expo is back by popular demand, featuring the largest showcase of Williamson County businesses and schools. The highly-anticipated event, presented by Franklin Synergy Bank, takes place Tuesday, June 21 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Factory at Franklin’s Liberty Hall.


For only $5, the general public is invited to network with companies in their own backyard, learn about their services, sample their products and snag some free swag. This year’s theme is “Explore, Experience, and Exchange” to highlight the plethora of interactive exhibits coming to life at the expo.


“We are extremely pleased to be a part of such a valuable event and work alongside our friends at Williamson Inc.,” said Ashley Hill, the executive vice president for Franklin Synergy Bank. “The Business & Education Expo is a perfect fit for Franklin Synergy, and an opportunity to support our businesses and community.”


This year, expect a bigger and better expo as Williamson, Inc. provides an experience for all of Williamson County to explore goods and services from more than 70 local businesses, K-12 public and private schools and colleges and universities.


“The Business & Education Expo happens every other year, and we’re the only organization in this county that puts on a business expo,” said Williamson, Inc. President and CEO Matt Largen. “This year we added the education component because it better reflects the fact that education drives the Williamson County economy.”


Columbia State Community College will be promoting their new hospitality technical certificate program launching fall of 2016. Also confirmed to appear are Williamson County Schools, Brentwood Academy, Battle Ground Academy, Currey Ingram Academy, Lipscomb University College of Business and Middle Tennessee State University.


“We’ve revamped the expo from two years ago to have a lot of great experiences to bring people out—their friends, their families, the business community—and get a chance to showcase what makes Williamson County such a great place to invest and do business in,” said Largen.


The event boasts a nine-hole mobile golf course from Holes to Go, live music, live painting, sculpting and sketching featuring 12 local artists from Ansbach Artisans, an upstairs lounge and bar designed by Blue Nova Designs, a digital video booth courtesy of creative production company, Evolve, and table games from Kings Bowl America.


Expo attendees will see aerial drones flying above thanks to Snaproll Media and can snap photos with the Chick-Fil-A of South Franklin’s cow mascot. Guests are encouraged to check out Landscape Services Inc.’s booth transformed into a park, offering a foretaste of the countywide Park(ING) Day as part of Mobility Week, Sept. 12-16.


Expo attendees can also look forward to sampling a flavorful variety of the best restaurants, caterers, breweries and wineries Williamson County has to offer. Serving up delectable bites will be: Amerigo Italian Restaurant, Catering & Events by Suzette, Chick-fil-A, Dickey’s Barbeque Pit, Homestead Manor, Mill Creek Brewing Company, Pollo Tropical, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Southern Jerky Co. and Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe.


Before doors open to the public, Chamber members are invited to exchange leads with vendors and network with other members at the exclusive B2B Member Connect! Happy Hour at 3 p.m.


“We know our members highly value the opportunity to connect with their peers. The Expo is our way to help make these intentional connections that lead ultimately to spontaneous capitalism,” said Largen.


Not to be missed are the exciting prizes and giveaways. Enter for a chance to win a two-night stay at the Franklin Marriott, a gift basket from Ascend Federal Credit Union, two tickets to attend the Hats Off to High Hopes charity event, 500 free business cards from The UPS Store of Cool Springs, a $50 gift card from Promotions, by George!, a custom-designed event banner from Graphitti Sign & Graphic Studio, a gift certificate to Life Spring Chiropractic, or a $25 gift card from Stone, Rudolph, and Henry, PLC.


The expo is co-sponsored by Battle Ground Academy, Blue Nova Designs, Lipscomb University College of Business, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, Spark: Lipscomb’s Idea Center, Southeast Financial Credit Union, and Vanderbilt Health.


General admission tickets are $5 and include one drink ticket for ages 21 and up, and Chamber members will receive two drink tickets with their complimentary admission. For a complete list of vendors and sponsors or to purchase advance tickets, visit www.williamsonchamber.com/featured/business-expo.


About Williamson, Inc.

Williamson, Inc., the premiere source for business and economic development initiatives in Williamson County, uses an innovative approach to building a prosperous business community through educational programs, networking events, beneficial services, vocal business advocacy and business growth opportunities. Connect with us on the williamsonchamber.com, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.



 Contact: Charlane Oliver, Director of Communication

615-938-7483 or charlane@williamsonchamber.com



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