The Ottumwa Courier

March 18, 2014

Area businesses highlighted in weekend expo

Courier staff writer

---- — BLOOMFIELD — Those in and around the Davis County area who want to learn more about some of the businesses that serve the community should make room on their calendar for the Southern Iowa Business Expo on Friday and Saturday.

The event, which takes place from 3-8 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Davis County Fairgrounds, will feature 92 exhibitor booths that include businesses from all around the area, and many of them will have different drawings for attendees to win unique prizes.

According to Mervin Kauffman, one of the expo’s organizers and owner of KM Gutterman in Bloomfield, there will be a very wide variety of business types represented to meet the needs of everyone who attends. There will be contractors, farm equipment providers, grocery stores and various other industries on hand.

“We’ll have about everything you can think of,” Kauffman said.

The expo is designed, he said, to promote the area and possibly help attract new businesses.

“We are trying to promote business in general for Davis County and the surrounding counties,” he said. “We want to give people an incentive to come here and do business rather than going to an entirely different place.”

A seminar will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday titled “It’s the Chicken and the Egg.” As you can guess, the main topic of the seminar will deal with chickens and eggs.

Arguably the best part of the weekend is that there will not be a cost to attend the event. However, attendees will have to pay for food provided by Bailey’s BBQ Barn and Yoder’s Natural Farm. Both will be serving lunch and dinner on Friday, and on Saturday they will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Though this is the third consecutive year for the expo, this will be the first time it will be held at the Davis County Fairgrounds. Kauffman said the event outgrew its previous home, so they settled on having it at the fairgrounds because it has more parking and a bigger building space.

“We’re making it an all-around better event for the vendors and people walking through,” Kauffman said. “We’ve had a steady flow of people coming through, and we want to maintain that and make it grow.”

The area businesses who are helping sponsor this year's event include Yoder Lumber, Troyer Construction, Backyard Depot, Success Bank, Lynch Law Office and Abstracting, Bloomfield Rent-All and Carter-Miller Services, Inc.

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