The Pearland Chamber of Commerce held their annual Business Showcase and Taste of the Town on Thursday (April 2) from 2 – 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, located at 2320 Hatfield Rd. The theme was “Pearland Businesses in the Center Ring.”
“The largest purpose of the Business Showcase and Taste of the Town is to premiere our local businesses that have services and products that sometimes our residents of Pearland don’t know we even have. It’s a one-stop shop, 5-hour event that exposes at least 1,000 people to the businesses that participate,” said Carol Artz-Bucek, President and CEO of the Chamber.
Even though all of the 70+ businesses in this year’s Showcase were Chamber members, membership is not required to participate. However, non-members pay a different price.
There were plenty of giveaways, information, food, drink and fun for all, including games, line dancing and plenty of carnival-like entertainment.
Judges Fay Picard, who is the District Office Manager for State Rep. Dr. Greg Bonnen; Barry Halpern who is the Human Resources Manager for Merit Medical; Daniel Combs, with Alvin ISD Communications; and Darcy Brian-Wilson gave awards for “Best Booth.” The winner was Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, with A&A Cleaning coming in second and the Vic Coppinger YMCA placing third. H-E-B won the award for “Tastiest Booth.”
“We are really excited about being a part of the fun, interactive and entertaining happenings at this year’s Pearland Chamber’s Business Showcase and Taste of the Town,” said Donna Coneley, Director of Business Development for Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. “Pearland is such a growing, thriving community, and this unique event definitely showcases our dynamic, flourishing business community.”
The Business Showcase continued as the Taste of the Town began at 5:00 p.m. Empty booths filled up with local area restaurants such as Casa Ole, Floyd’s Cajun Seafood and Texas Steakhouse, HEB Plus!/HEB Market, Malibu Steak N Seafood, Mex-Sea-Co Bar and Grill, Pollo Tropical and Stadia Sports Grill, giving out samples from their menus.
When asked about the advantages of being a Chamber member, Artz-Bucek explained, “The opportunities that [the Chamber] organizes and creates for members to be a part of gives them the opportunity to market themselves one-on-one to develop relationships and trust. People do business with people they know, trust and like. You can hand someone your business card today, but that doesn’t mean they’ll call you tomorrow. You just have to continually be in front of someone to build trust and start a relationship.”
For more information about the Pearland Chamber of Commerce or to participate in next year’s Business Showcase/Taste of the Town, call 281-485-3634 or visit PearlandTexasChamber.us.