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Friday, January 30, 2009

Businesses sought for merchants fair

In these challenging economic times, especially in the state of Michigan, the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce and your local newspaper wanted to collaborate to offer a merchants fair as a way for businesses to promote their goods and services and area families to see what Saline has to offer.

The Saline Area Chamber of Commerce’s First Merchants Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 14 and I encourage you to attend, not only to help local businesses survive and keep Saline prosperous, but for all the fun your family will have at the event.

Twenty-six businesses are being sought right now to show off their goods and services at the event. Any business interested should jump on board soon to take advantage of the promotion it will receive early on. The event will be geared toward families and local businesses. We will encourage businesses to offer raffles, prizes and samples of their products. Cost to merchants to rent a booth for the day is $175 for chamber members and $350 for nonmembers.

“Given the current state of the economy and the fact many of our members were saying last year was a down year, we wanted to do something that would promote commerce and increase recognition of what a great market the Saline area is to do business in,” said Larry Osterling, executive director of the chamber.

The one-day event will be held at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road. In addition to the fair, which also serves as a fundraiser for the chamber of commerce, remote-control racing will be held at the fairgrounds beginning at 8 a.m. and the Huron Gun Collectors Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We plan to have music and other forms of entertainment for families, but are still firming up the details. If you're a group, whether a band, local theater troupe or student club, interested in volunteering your time, please call the chamber.

“It’s going to be a fun time,” Osterling said. “It’s free and a great way to get out and do something interesting. There will be plenty of family and kid activities, entertainment, and many interesting business exhibits.”

Businesses interested in reserving booth space may contact the chamber at 429-4494 or Space is limited.

Saline Area Chamber of Commerce
In partnership with the Saline Reporter
Presents the
Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds
5055 Ann Arbor Saline Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Act now! Space is limited! Deadline for registration is March 4th
(unless we’re filled before then)

Booth Application and Registration Form

Name of Business __________________________________________

Individual Applying __________________________________________

Address __________________________________________

City _____________ State ________ Zip________

Booth Cost Chamber Members - $175.00 All others - $350.00
(Includes one 8’ table and 2 chairs)
Electricity outlet/20 amp $5.00
Extra tables @ $10.00

Total (enclosed) $______________

* Note – Please consider adding one item for donation for the special drawing to be held as part of the event. A complete outline of how and when to set up and what to expect as part of the total day’s events will be sent to you at a later date and will be available at the Chamber Office and on the Chamber web site

Return to either:
The Saline Area Chamber of Commerce
141 East Michigan Ave
Saline, MI 48176
The Saline Reporter
106 West Michigan Ave.
Saline, MI 48176

Thank You for Joining Us!
This is going to be a great Opportunity to promote your business!

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