The annual event lasts from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Anniston City Meeting Center. The entrance fee is $25 for residents but is free for members of the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce.
Organized by the chamber, the event will feature more than 100 exhibits from local businesses eager to show off their services and products. Various local restaurants will also be there, providing free samples of their cuisine.
"It has been growing every year," said chamber manager Linda Hearn of the event, which is in its 29th year. "We have a waiting list of businesses interested in participating ... it's a sellout."
Hearn said the event helps local businesses better reach their customers or find new clients.
"In one day they can make all these business contacts of new and old customers," Hearn said. "This is all to promote local business ... to encourage people to shop local."
New to the event this year are four hour-long seminars, all of which are free to attend. The seminars cover various business-related topics, including the use of social media technology and work-safety programs. The seminars run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Live music will also be new to the event. A band will perform from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Also, for residents who cannot attend the expo, a live stream of the event will be available at annistonstar.com.
Staff writer Patrick McCreless: 256-235-3561. On Twitter @PMcCreless_Star.