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Brandon chamber to host business expo and Taste of Brandon

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Visitors to the upcoming Brandon Business Expo will once again get a taste of what the area has to offer.

On May 16, the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce will host the 25th annual expo at the Charles M. Davis Special Events Center in the Florida State Fairgrounds.

“We’re trying to make sure it’s the caliber of event and showcase that it has been in past years,” said Laura Simpson, vice president of the Brandon chamber.

The trade show-style event will take place from 3:30 to 8 p.m. and feature more than 200 exhibitors from Brandon, Bloomingdale, East Tampa, FishHawk, Lithia, Mango, Oak Creek, Riverview, Sabal Park, Seffner, Summerfield, Turkey Creek and Valrico.

“From the chamber’s perspective, it’s our largest single community outreach event that we host,” Simpson said. “We’re going to have about 1,500 people come in throughout the event, and that’s about 1,500 people these businesses are going to have in front of them.

“It’s a great opportunity for one-on-one marketing.”

Once again, the expo will be highlighted by the Taste of Brandon and the “Taste-off” competition. Cheddar’s Casual Café — winner of the 2012 Best Taste award — is among the area eateries returning for this year’s Taste of Brandon, which will offer hungry visitors Italian and Latin dishes, along with seafood, desserts and much more.

“This event is really important to these restaurants,” Simpson said. “We’re asking the community to come out, and do the tough job of eating their food and giving them their vote.”

A ticket -- $10 in advance and $15 at the door — includes a beverage and access to all the “tastes.” There is still space available for exhibitors. For details, call Suzanne Dowdy at (813) 689-1221, ext. 8836 or email sdowdy@brandonchamber.com.

For more information on the event, call (813) 689-1221 or visit www.brandonchamber.com.


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