Representatives from dozens of businesses and schools came to the Factory Tuesday for the 2017 Business & Education Expo.
From 4 to 7 p.m., in The Factory’s Liberty Hall hundreds of attendees milled around and met with more than 70 exhibitors.
These businesses showcased their companies and the impact they have on the community. See a full list of exhibitors here.
To get warmed up, the expo began with a happy hour, from 3 to 4 p.m.
In addition to the participants, there was plenty of fun stuff to do. The Heritage Room hosted a dessert bar, featuring the delicious delights of Blue Bell Creameries, Mimi’s Girl Artisan Bakery, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Nucci’s Gelato, Papa C Pies and Shakolad Chocolate Factory.
Another feature was provided courtesy of Holes-2-Go Nashville, an on-demand indoor mini-golf company.
In the background, Rob Harris performed live on stage for all to hear while mingling.
And of course, there was plenty of food, including Catering & Events by Suzette, Jim ‘N Nicks Bar-B-Q, Buca Di Beppo, Taziki’s, and Sam’s Club, as well as food trucks Bradley’s Curbside Creamery, Nucci’s Gelato, RetroSno, Cornerstone Catering, and more.
A cool feature also was Ansbach Artisans, who had local artists live painting throughout the afternoon.
Presented by Franklin Synergy Bank, the expo in its second year drew a crowd of more than 500 attendees.
In a county like Williamson County, where 90 percent of all businesses employ 10 people or less, the expo provides otherwise unavailable exposure for local owners and entrepreneurs.
“This is important for businesses – a chance to showcase their goods and services,” Largen said. “This event caters to the small business community. It’s a chance for spontaneous capitalism.”