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Columbia County event shines spotlight on small businesses

An event that started as a way to get people out the house during the pandemic will continue this Saturday in Harlem.

Harlem will be holding its 2nd Annual Small Business Expo from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, at the Harlem Library. The inaugural event was held last year.

“During the pandemic, we wanted a way to get small businesses together and to get people out the house,” said Amber King, owner of Mama’s Sweet Spot Shoppe in Harlem and organizer of the event.

Expo coordinator, Amber King at her booth for Mama’s Sweet Spot Shoppe at the 2021 Small Business Expo in Harlem. (Photo contributed)

Despite a windy day, the event was well-attended.

“I didn’t get any negative feedback,” King said. “Everyone enjoyed their time.”

This year’s event will have 45 vendors, mostly from the Harlem and Evans area, but also including a new vendor originally from Kentucky selling homemade maple syrup. There will be food, inflatables for the kids and gem mining, mini golf and an escape room. There will be a raffle to help Project Lifting Spirits, which helps military members and veterans.

The event is sponsored by Mama’s Sweet Spot Shoppe, Nailed by Dizzy, Graham’s Vehicle Detailing and AllState – Jamie Felder.

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