Successful businesses take an economy like we're in now and make the best of it. Get leaner. Work smarter. And exceed expectations.
It's a big part of Wednesday's event at the John Paul Jones Arena.
Charlottesville's annual Chamber of Commerce Business Expo is a chance for business leaders to learn from each other.
74 chamber member businesses and non profits participated today, ranging from Dex Yellowpages to the United Way. Because of the tough economy, business owners and employees say it's a good time to make yourself known. On top of networking opportunities, the expo was also a chance to see how others are staying in the black.
Dex Regional Marketing Manager Bob Meyer says, "We spent time talking to the other businesses, getting some feedback from them as far as how the economy is impacting them, some things that they may be doing to help them be successful as well."
Participants also had chances to attend workshops on the power of ideas and speed networking.
Businesses say the Expo is also an important chance to talk to the public and use potential customers as sounding boards and inspiration. 500 people came through JPJ Wednesday to see what the businesses had to offer.