Whidbey Island Biz Expo changes names, location

An annual event showcasing the businesses operating on Whidbey Island is changing its name and expanding its focus.

An annual event showcasing the businesses operating on Whidbey Island is changing its name and expanding its focus.

The Biz Expo, which takes place in the fall and organized by the Island County Economic Development Council, will now be known as the “Explore Whidbey: Business and Home Show.”

Sami Postma, executive assistant at the Island County Economic Development Council, said another name change is necessary because of a perception in the community that the former Biz Expo was a business-to-business event even though the public was invited to attend.

She said organizers want to expand the event to include nonprofit and community groups. The 2013 incarnation of the event will feature a large demonstration area for the participating nonprofits an businesses to utilize.

Last year around 60 businesses participated in the event that took place at Oak Harbor High School. The event originated at South Whidbey High School, then moved to Coupeville.

Postma said Oak Harbor offers a larger population and provides a better connection with the transient Navy population. Oak Harbor High School offers more room for growth.

The Explore Whidbey: Business and Home Show takes place Oct. 5 and 6 at Oak Harbor High School located at 1 Wildcat Way.

For more information, call 360-678-6889.


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