For Virginia and Dale Jones, the Carthage Chamber of Commerce Home and Business Expo was a place to find people to help them maintain and improve their home.

For Virginia and Dale Jones, the Carthage Chamber of Commerce Home and Business Expo was a place to find people to help them maintain and improve their home.
This weekend's expo, held at the Congregation of the Mother of the Redeemer Auditorium, featured 46 booths with businesses ranging from food to banking to construction to medical and financial services.
The Joneses came last year and met people who helped them, so they were back with new project ideas and new needs.
“We've only been here a couple of years, we moved here from Iowa,” Virginia Jones said. “And we thought this was the place to come. We were looking for a plumber, we were thinking of having a gas fireplace put in, and we wanted some electrical work done out back of our home on the partio, and some concrete work as well.”
The Expo was open to Chamber business members on Friday, then open to the public on Saturday.
The first 500 people in the door received a reusable cloth bag with goodies in it. They carried these bags around to collect pens, pads, and other swag from the booths.
Virginia and Dale Jones said the event really helped them hone in on people who could help them.
“We saw a lot of nice people who were willing to come out and visit with us and see if they had what we wanted,” Virginia Jones said. “You know who you're talking to. Sometimes when you're on the phone, you don't know who you're talking to and do they really care when they answer the phone. Here you can see them face to face.”
Dale Jones said an event like this can bring peace of mind.
“There are a lot of nice and interesting people to talk to,” he said. “You can see what people have and how they can help you. It makes a lot of difference to talk to them face to face.”