By Jennifer Kotila
HOWARD LAKE, MN The Howard Lake Expo historically attracts more than 1,000 people, and the same turnout is expected for this Saturday.
“We are hoping for good weather and expecting a crowd again,” said Randy Heuer, Howard Lake Business Association president.
The expo will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Middle School.
There is no charge for the event, and the public is encouraged to attend.
Exhibits from businesses in Howard Lake and surrounding communities are the main attraction.
“Most of the businesses that exhibit at the expo are from Wright, McLeod, and Carver counties, but businesses from any community are welcome to reserve a booth,” Heuer said.
The expo allows the surrounding communities to network and know what is available in other area communities.
During the expo, the Howard Lake Business Association will be serving a free pancake breakfast.
Barry Kirchoff, who is the director at Central Minnesota Small Business Development Center, will be speaking at 9:30 a.m.
His presentation, entitled, “Checklist for Starting a New Business,” will address 10 key topics individuals should consider, whether they are planning to start a small business or currently own one.
In addition, Kirchoff will discuss the various services the Small Business Development Center offers to its clients at no charge.
Time will be available to ask questions, and participants will be encouraged to complete a short survey to determine if there is interest in holding “going into business” classes and providing consulting services to clients in the Howard Lake area.
Kirchoff has over 30 years of business management experience in retail, route and warehouse distribution, and human resources and training.
After Kirchoff’s presentation, there will be musical entertainment, followed by a performance of HLWW High School’s one-act play at 11:30 a.m.