Business at the Crossroads sees change


By Darrell Wacker - dwacker@civitasmedia.com



Photos from the 2016 Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce Business at the Crossroads held Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Butler High School.


Photos from the 2016 Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce Business at the Crossroads held Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Butler High School.


Photos from the 2016 Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce Business at the Crossroads held Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Butler High School.


Photos from the 2016 Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce Business at the Crossroads held Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Butler High School.


Photos from the 2016 Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce Business at the Crossroads held Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Butler High School.


Photos from the 2016 Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce Business at the Crossroads held Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Butler High School.


Photos from the 2016 Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce Business at the Crossroads held Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Butler High School.


VANDALIA — The Vandalia-Butler business community returned its annual Business at the Crossroads to its roots on Tuesday night. The business expo returned to Butler High School and drew a wide cross section of participants.

The closing of the Airport Expo Center forced the gathering to change the venue to Butler High School, but it also offered an opportunity to re-think the entire concept. That has led to significant changes and benefits to the business community according to Will Roberts, CEO of the Chamber.

“This is a new venue with new opportunities for us,” said Roberts last week.

New to the event this year were breakout sessions for members of the business community, even those who did not have booth space.

Topics included sessions on the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule; QuickBooks; commercial lending; data breach, prevention, and retention; business start-up, growth, and recovery; Affordable Care Act updates; and a Chamber member benefit update.

Discussions of how to re-think Business at the Crossroads have been ongoing for the past four years according to Roberts.

“This is really a total re-write of the business expo model used nationwide and is intended to give our businesses a bigger benefit,” he said. “Don Schweitzer, the Vice Chairman of our Board of Directors, suggested we do something of this magnitude. We are really excited about it – we think this will be a home run for the business community.”

Photos from the 2016 Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce Business at the Crossroads held Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Butler High School.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/10/web1_DSC_0001.jpgPhotos from the 2016 Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce Business at the Crossroads held Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Butler High School.

Photos from the 2016 Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce Business at the Crossroads held Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Butler High School.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/10/web1_DSC_0002.jpgPhotos from the 2016 Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce Business at the Crossroads held Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Butler High School.

Photos from the 2016 Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce Business at the Crossroads held Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Butler High School.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/10/web1_DSC_0003.jpgPhotos from the 2016 Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce Business at the Crossroads held Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Butler High School.

Photos from the 2016 Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce Business at the Crossroads held Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Butler High School.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/10/web1_DSC_0004.jpgPhotos from the 2016 Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce Business at the Crossroads held Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Butler High School.

Photos from the 2016 Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce Business at the Crossroads held Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Butler High School.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/10/web1_DSC_0005.jpgPhotos from the 2016 Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce Business at the Crossroads held Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Butler High School.

Photos from the 2016 Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce Business at the Crossroads held Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Butler High School.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/10/web1_DSC_0006.jpgPhotos from the 2016 Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce Business at the Crossroads held Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Butler High School.

Photos from the 2016 Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce Business at the Crossroads held Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Butler High School.
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By Darrell Wacker

dwacker@civitasmedia.com

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.