RED BLUFF — The 10th annual Business Expo And Mixer welcomed hundreds of residents Thursday to mingle and network with local businesses at the Red Bluff Community Center.
Being the first year back since the pandemic, the expo added a job fair in unison with the expo to further encourage employment growth within the community.
“Our expo never had a business job fair component before so this is our first year just because so many people are looking for it,” said Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce CEO Dave Gowan. “Small, medium and large businesses are all looking to hire, so people can look around and any booth that says ‘job here’ is hiring and people will be able to apply.”
Businesses that participated in the expo ranged from senior living services to karate lessons, offering an assortment of services for all ages.
Out of the 65 businesses that participated in the expo, 20 of them were looking to hire. Some of the hiring businesses included North Valley Services, the US Postal Service and Mix 103.5, The Blaze.
“We’re always open for resumes for all sorts of positions,” said Radio Sales Associate Jaime Perry. “Whether that’s in sales or on air, we always look for people that might have backgrounds in digital and we always need interns.”
Participants were encouraged to visit at least 30 booths to procure signatures and become eligible to win a free flat screen TV. With that incentive, the crowd mingled around each booth, allowing each business a chance to network with the public.
“The chamber is really good at providing all of the businesses with network opportunities,” said Kathleen Kirchem from Together Tehama. “We’re a non-profit and all of our staff are 100 percent volunteers. One of our main reasons to come to the expo is to let people know that we’re here and looking to get involved in the community and welcome any new volunteers.”
There was no count of the job seekers at the event, but the Gowan said he expects to see a large ripple effect coming from the expo that will breathe new life into the community of Red Bluff.
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