OneZone Business Expo and Food Forum returns Sept. 26

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For events director Carol Doehrman, OneZone’s Business Expo and Food Forum is a great opportunity for business-to-business networking.

“It’s an excellent opportunity for the public to learn about businesses in our communities and what they offer,” Doehrman said. “We’ll have restaurants there, so it’s a wonderful opportunity for people to  try out some samples to restaurants they haven’t not been to yet.”

Approximately 80 business booths will be on-site, and all are OneZone members. The event is set from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at the FORUM Conference Center in Fishers.

“We have vendors from around the county who will be there to showcase their business,” OneZone Chief Operating Officer Jack Russell said.

Doehrman has been the events director for more than three years. A Fishers resident, she was previously with Fishers Chamber of Commerce before it merged with Carmel’s Chamber of Commerce to form OneZone in February 2015.

Zack Carrie, bowling operations director and marketing manager for Pinheads in Fishers, said his company is a regular exhibitor.

“We always like to share what we have new coming out,” Carrie said. “We’ve done renovations for the last couple of years, so it’s nice to share that with the companies around here. It’s nice to get to know some of the companies we may have never heard of before or are new to the area.”

Carrie said many people don’t realize Pinheads has a full-service restaurant, Alley’s Alehouse, so the booth offers samples.

“We’ve seen business growth the last few years, so what we’re doing must be working, and this (Business Expo) is one of them,” Carrie said.

Nameless Catering will return as an exhibitor.

“It’s the networking and exposure but also seeing some of the other new businesses in town, whether it’s business to consumer or business to business, I’ve made several connections there,” Nameless Catering CEO Jeremy Brown said. “I’ve found a printer and a person who does all our marketing materials as far as promotional items. Overall, it’s a good thing to do for your business.”

Tickets are $5 for members and $10 for non-members. For more, visit onezonecommerce.com.

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