2007 Business Expo Takes A Step Back Into the 50's.

  Jonesboro, AR -- Poodle skirts, knee highs and networking....Region 8 business owners took a step back into the fifties at the 2007 Business Expo on Thursday.

Almost 300 booths lined the Convocation Center as Region 8 businesses showcased their specialties.

"Any kind of party your imagination can dream up, we can certainly host it," said Shelly Anderson.

PlanIt Play owner Shelly Anderson shows off her party planning skills for birthdays, corporate events, and even wedding showers.

This is her first year to participate in the expo.

"The networking involved has been very wonderful.  We have been offered all sorts of information as far as how to follow leads, and just getting to meet different people in the community," said Anderson.

Long time expo participant Barry Forrest, of Forrest Office Machines, attributes his success and the success of other businesses, to a thriving community and the desire for the area to prosper.

"We started out with only about 35 booths and now it's grown to over 280 and people waiting to get in. It's just a great way to communicate with people in the area and it's a great way to communicate with businesses in the area," said Forrest.

As the area grows, many believe the expo will grow too.

They believe this will lend the perfect opportunity for businesses to show off what they can offer.

"I say Jonesboro's growing, it's a great place to live, and it's a great place to do business," said Forrest.

There was also a luncheon Thursday afternoon at the 2007 Business Expo emceed by our own Diana Davis.

Those attending were treated with a special guest speaker, Region 8 native and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.

The 2007 Business Expo was co-sponsored by the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce and KAIT.