Sevierville Chamber's Business Showcase called a success

73 members participate in first-time event
Sep. 26, 2013 @ 11:01 PM

Sevierville Chamber of Commerce Membership Coordinator Jim McGill said the group's first Business Showcase Wednesday at the Sevierville Convention Center was a resounding success.

As 73 member businesses mingled, showed off their wares and services and entertained the public in attendance, McGill said the group saw the showcase as a chance to reinvigorate.

Sometimes a group or club can get comfortable, he said. The chance to host a big event like the showcase helped get everyone moving and excited for the potential to feature their businesses.

"It was a kick-start," he said with a smile.

Restaurants, kitchen-supply companies, tourism organizations, banks and apartment complexes were just some of the chamber membership represented at the showcase, which took up a large meeting hall at the convention center and spilled out into the facility's main corridor.

The large crowd gathered for the neighboring Leadership Sevier event only added to the turnout for the free event, as attendees of the Federal Reserve Bank talk almost universally checked out the chamber's activity, walking up and down the aisleways talking to the vendors on-site.

McGill said he was pleased with the turnout for the event, and he hopes next year's incarnation will be even more successful. He said the chamber plans to study the pros and cons of the showcase and make positive changes to grow the occasion next year.

"I think it was a very successful first-year event, and we have plans to make it even better," McGill said.