Micro-businesses showcased at Columbia fair

Oct 17, 2012

Small businesses don’t always get to showcase their work, but in Columbia, they had the ability to network with other businesses at the Microbusiness Fair and Reception Tuesday.

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce put on the fair at the Stoney Creek Inn. Chamber President Don Laird said this gives businesses an opportunity to network. 

“The main thing that we had hoped was for those who were participating, to gain access to some new knowledge, some new products," Laird said. "Anything someone else is doing to give them a chance to be able to see what else is out there.”

Business-owner Debbie Mathes was a keynote speaker at the event. Mathes said events like this are helpful to micro-business owners who sometimes don’t know about opportunities available to them.

“Opportunities would be, maybe, the ability to provide health insurance in an instance where they weren’t able to before because of a federal tax credit that they might be entitled to," Mathes said.

Micro-businesses usually employ fewer than 10 people.