Steven Ainsworth, owner of Bullseye Pest Defense and member of the Charlotte organization LOCALS in Business, considers himself to be pretty plugged in to the Charlotte business community. But, even he has been surprised by what he has found while participating in the Eaton County Home & Business Expo the last two years.

“It’s amazing how many times as a business owner, I’m walking through the Expo, and I know most of these people, and maybe not realize the kinds of services they provide,” said Ainsworth, who is one of the event’s main organizers. “It’s been an eye-opener to me that way.”

The Expo has also been good for his business, which is the reason Ainsworth said most participating businesses return each year.

“It really allows people to come see multiple businesses in one location,” he said. “It does make a significant impact for the vendors. That’s why they return each year.”

Vendors and customers will come together for this year’s Eaton County Home & Business Expo at Charlotte High School Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23. The event is the perfect way to connect local businesses with local customers, all under one roof. More than 100 vendors will fill the Charlotte High School gymnasium representing all aspects of the local business community — everything from service professionals, retailers and restaurants, to local artisans and non-profit organizations.

The Expo has grown each of the past two years and the 2017 event will be no exception. Organizers have said the goal is to increase activities available to the entire family for this year’s event. Part of those efforts includes the introduction of the Feighner Boat Lift Stage, where local artists and entertainers from the community will perform throughout the day. Children can enjoy different activities planned throughout the weekend as well as a bounce house while their parents visit the more than 100 booths set up in the gymnasium and lobby area.

Eaton County Home and Business Expo is organized through a partnership between the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and LOCALS in Business.

“The collaboration between the school, chamber and LOCALS in Business, the three work really well in harmony to make it a success,” Ainsworth said.

Independent Bank, Charlotte Mini Storage, and John Boy Electric are offering support as main sponsors of the event.

Doors open at 10 a.m. both days and admission is free. For more information, visit