In response to feedback from its members and the public, the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce has adopted a new approach to its annual trade fair — it has opened it up to the province.
The key, however, is the focus this year, which is reflected it its name: Made in B.C. Tradeshow.
Chamber executive director Deb McClelland said in past years with its Connect trade shows, only members of the organization could take part.
The shows would take place at the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre and would see about 74 participants.
With the expanded vision, a larger venue was needed, so Sandman Centre will be taken over this Saturday, by representatives of many industries and businesses.
McClelland said it runs the gamut from a firm that makes jerky to the movie industry that also fuels the economy.
A final tally on the number of organizations taking part isn’t available because approvals are still being processed, but she expects the bigger location will also be packed.
Running alongside it will be the annual Open Door Group and Work BC job fair. Participants who are also hiring will have identification on their booths indicating they are open for resumes or a chat about potential employment.
McClelland said the local chamber is the only one she knows of to take on a similar project at such a large scale.
“And the potential in subsequent years is massive,” she said
The Made in B.C,. Tradeshow will take place from noon to 5 p.m. at the downtown arena.
Admission is free.