DeKalb, Sycamore Chambers of Commerce host Community Expo

By Juliana Leprich

The DeKalb and Sycamore Chambers of Commerce partnered up for the third annual Community Expo Tuesday.

The Community Expo was created as a collaboration between the two towns to promote local business.

“The big focus that the DeKalb and Sycamore Chambers had is shopping local and business to business shopping,” said Jim Allen, executive director of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce. “A lot of these businesses sponsor local non-profits and charities. We do this because we want people to shop local first.”

Peggy Ireton, Sycamore Chamber of Commerce ambassador, said the event was successful because of collaboration between the chambers.

“We’ve done this for the past couple of years,” Ireton said. “We wanted to pool our resources, and this was easier than doing separate events. It’s good exposure.”

In addition to the chambers of commerce, there were 119 booths at the Expo showcasing local non-profits and businesses.

One local non-profit organization at the Expo was TAILS Humane Society, 2250 Barber Greene Road, DeKalb.

“We like to come out in the community whenever we can,” said Beth Drake, TAILS Humane Society executive director. Drake also said people should do things with local businesses and organizations when they can.