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Businesses invited to join expo

Friday, March 15, 2013

Local businesses from Hollis and Brookline will be at the Lawrence Barn from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, March 30, to introduce themselves to homeowners.

“This is our second year of doing this for the community” said organizer, Tina Carlson, of Carlson Tree Service. “We are trying to give an opportunity to all of the homeowners to be able to know what types of businesses are provided locally.”

Many businesses in the area, including Carlson Tree Service, are discovered by word of mouth, and this event helps promote businesses and gives potential customers a chance to see more options.

“Keith and I feel that meeting a potential customer face to face and a hand shake is better than them finding our business card somewhere not knowing who we are,” Carlson said.

It also gives the businesses a chance to give back to the community. All businesses pay a participation fee of $50, and after costs are paid for the barn rental and advertising, all proceeds go to The Nick Jennings Scholarship Fund to help the kids at the high school.

Last year, the event raised more than $1,000, which is one scholarship.

This year, there will also be a raffle table to raise additional money for the scholarships. Donations for the raffle are appreciated.

“I would like to thank the Hollis/Brookline Rotary for
sponsoring the event again this year, so I am able to get the Lawrence Barn. They have also offered to help with publicity and asking businesses to participate and informing homeowners on the event,” Carlson said.

This year, the Brookline Police Department, and the Hollis Fire Department will be at the event handing out safety fliers.

“I am really excited for them to be a part of it this year. My goal this year is not to only bring in more businesses, but a lot more homeowners to come out and meet us,” she said.

“There are a lot of great, hard-working, honest businesses here in our communities who are all excited to get there names out to you.”

Some of the businesses that have already committed this year are Fit4All Gym, Duval Forestry Products, Jennings Excavation, Four Season Design, All-Ways Flowers, Carlson Tree Service.

“What better way to help out two communities in three different ways… Help the businesses, the homeowners, and the kids at the high school all in one event,” she said.

To donate an item for the raffle, or register your businesses to participate, contact Tina Carlson, at 321-9268 or email to

– Submitted by
Tina Carlson

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