Representatives from 60 Gainesville and Hall County based businesses filled the second floor of the Gainesville Civic Center Thursday for the annual Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Business Expo.
The expo was a way for local businesses to market themselves to each other, as well as network with those in the community.
"It's all about who you know," said Shelley Davis, VP of Existing Industry for the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce. "Whether you're selling yourself because you're trying to find a job or you're selling your wares or you'r looking to buy."
According to Davis, about half of the 60 business at the expo were first-timers to the event.
"I've never been to a business expo before," said Vanessa Butler, manager of Purchase Effect located on the square in downtown Gainesville. "Most people don't know we exist yet. We've only had the brick and mortar store for less than a year."
Unlike the Greater Hall Chamber's job fair held in March, Thursday's expo was more about building relationships with other business owners in the area.
"If you own a business and you're looking for suppliers to your business," Davis said. "This is the best place to be."
The majority of the businesses represented at the expo were small businesses like Jaemor Farms. Jaemor Farms has been a part of the Hall County community for more than 100 years, yet some people have never been there according to Agri-tourism Coordinator Caroline Lewallen.
"It's just kind of a good way to get our brand out there," she said.