Knightdale’s first Red Ribbon Showcase features four businesses

mhankerson@newsobserver.comFebruary 21, 2014 

— Four businesses that don’t have a physical location or storefront got a chance to promote their new businesses at the Knightdale Chamber of Commerce’s first Red Ribbon Showcase.

Carolina Clipz, a local, mailed coupon publication, Above Grade level, an in-home tutoring company, a weight-loss and wellness business called Take Shape for Life and Triangle Transit all took part in the event.

The showcase is meant to give smaller businesses an opportunity to promote their services in a way they normally wouldn’t have the chance.

Each business owner was allowed a three-minute pitch to explain what their businesses do. With four businesses, the presentations only lasted about 15 minutes, but Chamber of Commerce Director Mary Yount said the event won’t get significantly bigger.

“Our goal is to have no more than 10 businesses for time’s sake but also (because) people get a little overwhelmed,” she said. Yount, who came to Knightdale in August, did a similar event through the Wake Forest chamber, where she worked before coming to Knightdale.

“Eight to 10 (businesses) is our sweet spot,” she said. “I’ve done as many as 12 but it gets a little long.”

Even though the showcase was meant to feature smaller businesses, Triangle Transit participated to remind Knightdale of some of its services in the town.

Short of a bus stop, Triangle Transit doesn’t have any physical locations in Knightdale so participating in the showcase was one way to let residents know of the company’s services, Triangle Transit Events Coordinator Eileen Apicella-Philips said.

Triangle Transit runs the Knightdale-Raleigh Express, which picks riders up at the Wal-Mart parking lot on Knightdale Boulevard and transports commuters to Raleigh.

The chamber of commerce will hold another Red Ribbon Showcase in April.

Hankerson: 919-829-4826; Twitter: @easternwakenews

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