Business Expo Rocks The Eighties

The Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce held their annual Business Expo at the MPEC this afternoon.

The event was a chance to learn about both what Wichita Falls has to offer and maybe where the city is headed financially.

Approximately 1000 people got to walk around the MPEC and get a taste of what products and services 150 local companies had to offer.

President of the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce Henry Florsheim says that he does see some businesses make actual sales at the Expo, but the event is not necessarily about immediate dollars and cents for local companies.

"A lot of it is intangible, its about the relationships that you make, and the sales leads that you get that turn into actual sales down the road," Florsheim said.

But what does an event like this say about the local economy in the Falls? Florsheim says that the financial climate here is stable, and while the economy isn't growing as fast as officials would like, it's not shrinking either. However, there are some good things to point to going forward.

"We've got quite a few industrial expansions happening and a few companies that we've recruited to move to Wichita Falls, and then when you see more and more businesses participating in this event every year...so you have companies that are doing well and want to get out there and invest," Florsheim explained.

Florsheim and the rest of the Chamber are hoping that as the Expo continues to grow, the economy will soon follow suit.

Dave Caulfield, Newschannel 6