Early's Small Business Expo offers economic advice and potential opportunities
Job opportunities may be closer than you think.
Early's Heartland Mall celebrated National Small Businesses Week by holding its first Small Business Expo on Wednesday.
The free event was sponsored by Heartland Mall, Early Chamber of Commerce and the Early Economic Development Center.
Heartland Mall property manager Brittany Edwards said this is an opportunity to help those who want to start their own businesses. Edwards, owner of Dazzling Divas boutique, is an entrepreneur herself.
"Going into it, there's so many things you don't think about, and they just kind of arise. These are things that are here for you, things maybe you wouldn't have thought about or areas that you're not so knowledgeable in and it's all presented to you today," Edwards said.
"It definitely takes a passion and a desire. It also takes some knowledge and a lot of hard work," Daniel Hutson said.
Hutson is an economic development coordinator for Council Finance, a local government loan company.
He said seeing the fruits of his labor is a benefit of working for a small business.
Both Hutson and Edwards said small businesses are successful thanks to the community's support.
"Just know that you will be supported in small communities and just never give up," Edwards said.
Nearly 20 vendors and entrepreneurs attended the expo. They set up booths on Wednesday from noon to 6p.m. and shared their wisdom with the public.
National Small Businesses Week runs from June 17 through June 21.
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