Second business expo planned for Berkmar

LILBURN -- A business expo at a local high school was so successful that officials are planning a second go-round.

The second annual Greater Lilburn Business Expo will be held March 4 at Berkmar High School, leaders announced.

"We are happy to host this event once again," Principal Ken Johnson said. "We have the space, the location and most importantly talented teachers and students who apply what is learned in the classroom to produce a first-class business event that connects our neighborhood businesses with our large parent and student community."

The event will also be promoted to parents in the Berkmar, Meadowcreek and Parkview school clusters, a press release said.

Businesses can rent space for as low as $35, and event sponsorships are available for people who want premium spaces, organizers said. Officials are expecting a crowd even larger than last year's 100 participants.

Produced by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, the Lilburn Business Association and the Lilburn Community Partnership. Chamber officials are also organizing a pre-event seminar at Berkmar on Feb. 11 to give advice on how to maximize business exposure during the expo.

"This is a cost effective way for our small businesses to gain added exposure in the community," said Debra Irving, property manager for Beaver Ruin Village Shopping Center. The business is returning as an exhibitor and signed on to be a sponsor.

For more information on the event, planned for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 4 at the Pleasant Hill Road high school, go to www.lilburnexpo.com.