Pascagoula business expo promotes hometown shopping

By Patrice Clark - bio | email

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX)-  Pascagoula small business owners were busy promoting their names and attracting new customers at the Think Pascagoula First Business Expo.

Crystal Westmoreland is using her best sales pitch to lure customers at the Think Pascagoula First Expo.  She said her glass company signed up for this because it needs the extra publicity, especially with the downturn in the economy.

"It is easier to say I am going to go to Lowes, or I am going to go Wal-Mart or something like that.  When you go to a small local business you get personal one-on-one attention," Westmoreland said.

Highlighting Pascagoula's shops, banks, and restaurants is the focus of this two day event. City Councilman Frank Corder helped organize it, and he said attendance and participation have been unbelievable to say it's only the first expo.

"We have had about 200 folks come out this first year and 36 vendors and booth spaces that are here."

He feels Pascagoula and vendors will profit from encouraging people to spend their dollars in the city, instead spending money in neighboring states.

"From dealing with local people on a local level, you are investing in the city itself from a sales tax prospective. You are helping to buy into service projects and city projects."

Business owners Steve Jordan said this expo is already paying off for him. He is happy because he picked up more clientele.

"We are actually quoting two irrigation jobs today and one paving job," Jordan said.

Organizers hope revenue and customers will continue to pour in for more of these small businesses.

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