The Lubbock Chamber of commerce hosted its annual Business Expo, the largest business-to-business tradeshow on the South Plains, Thursday at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.

The Business Expo, presented by Black Plumbing and Maverick Saw Cutting & Core Drilling, had almost 150 exhibitors and approximately 5,000 attendees. 

The expo is a great networking tool for companies, giving them opportunities to visit with each other that they might not have otherwise, said Matt Beard of Maverick Saw Cutting & Core Drilling.

“We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to be in Lubbock, and we fully dive in to assist in the communities that we’re in,” he said.  

The Cotton Court hotel of Lubbock was one among the various booths of small and big businesses at the event.  

“I love the interaction with people finally again. Virtual is nice – you still get to know people – but having a face-to-face and actually being able to show how excited I am about the product makes it much easier,” said Jennifer Commuso, regional director of business and travel for Valencia Hotel Group. 

The expo provided a business-to-business networking opportunity, where the companies have a chance to tell people, other businesses and residents of the community about their business, said Lubbock Chamber President and CEO Eddie McBride.

Especially post COVID-19, hundreds of people who were at Thursday’s event were talking about how happy they were about being able to talk face to face, McBride said. 

“We are talking about the resiliency of Lubbock businesses, and I think the trade show – this business expo – is (about) all the fun people are having and talking to people face to face,” McBride said. “I think it shows the resilience in that respect.”