NIXA, Mo. (KY3) – The Nixa Chamber of Commerce hosted the NIXPO Business Showcase on Saturday afternoon at Nixa Excessive Faculty. Attendees had the chance to buy and community with greater than 120 Nixa-area companies.
The occasion returns for its twenty fifth yr after final yr’s showcase was canceled as a result of pandemic.
”It’s good to have a way of normalcy once more,” mentioned enterprise proprietor Jayne Younger. “It’s actually vital for psychological well being. In fact, we had been very disenchanted final yr when the pandemic hit, and we couldn’t do that. However being out in the neighborhood, I feel, is rejuvenating Nixa a bit.”
Chamber officers say that this yr’s occasion was greater and higher than ever, whereas additionally following COVID-19 security protocols.
“We adopted all the security tips. We had temperature checks on the way in which in. I noticed individuals sporting their masks. I feel it’s to the purpose the place, they needed to have a reside occasion, our companies needed to have a reside occasion, individuals needed to get out. So it was a implausible turnout for our local people,” mentioned Nixa Chamber President Chris Russell.
Whereas the pandemic had its adverse results, Russel mentioned Nixa’s economic system did pretty effectively. There was a 15% enhance in retail gross sales tax final yr in comparison with 2019, so companies really grew within the Nixa space.
“I feel plenty of these guys out right here had some success this yr,” mentioned Russell ”However I feel the most important factor that we noticed coming from the pandemic was the flexibility to pivot. To alter the way in which they do enterprise, to alter their fashions. Moderately if it’s on-line gross sales or curbside pick-up or supply service and people sorts of issues. I feel that these companies right here as we speak had been excited to get out and thank their prospects for supporting them all through 2020.”
Some new additions to the occasion this yr had been a trend present and retail house.
“I went round and talked with plenty of the totally different cubicles, and so they mentioned that they had an awesome present and had nice conversations,” mentioned Russell.
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