ZEBULON — As a new business owner in the area, Kristyl Wagner is doing all she can to get the word out about her company.
That was an easy task Wednesday at the Zebulon Chamber of Commerce’s annual business expo at East Wake Academy.
Wagner opened an electronic cigarette store, Vapor Market, on Main Street in Wendell at the start of September. The company has yet to join the local chambers, but by volunteering at the expo, Wagner was given the green light to advertise its services.
“To meet health care places is great for our business, because we’re giving people an alternative to smoking,” Wagner said. “A lot of hospitals and health care centers will give referrals to companies like ours.”
Another first-timer at the expo hopes the taste of her food will leave a lasting impression on those who visited her booth.
“We’ve had people come back three or four times,” said Angela Flores of San Jose Mexican Restaurant.
It didn’t take long for Flores to see the value of registering San Jose for the expo.
“The majority of people have never heard of us, and we’ve been open for three years,” she said. “Everyone is saying good things. We’re excited about that and think it will bring people in.”
Veteran vendor Alison Siok of Majest Martial Arts didn’t see huge spikes in public interest compared to past years.
But she said exposure is what counts, noting the expo doesn’t end the minute the school gym empties.
“If you just get one person to come in, it makes it worth it,” Siok said. “They tell their friends how much they like (the company), then you’re actually getting multiple people from the expo.”