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Ascension chamber business expo attracts more than 75 vendors

chamberThe Ascension Chamber of Commerce Business Expo on Sept. 5 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center Trade Mart building attracted more than 250 businesses — of which, more than 75 were vendors — to network and share food and drink.

The second annual business expo had many business sectors of the community represented: restaurants, banking, insurance, healthcare, media, telecommunications, construction and the petrochemical industry.

“It’s all about community involvement,” said Luke Marchand, owner of Carli-Co Cafe in Gonzales, a major sponsor of the event.

Waguespack and Associates Insurance teamed up with LeBlanc Nissan to sponsor the chance for attendants to win a new car — no lucky winner drove away with the prize — while other major sponsors included BASF Corp., Coca-Cola, Eatel and St. Elizabeth Hospital.

While many door prizes were given away to attendees and vendors, two lucky people both won iPad Minis: Karen Musemeche, of American Gateway Bank, and Kay Wilkins, of American Red Cross.

Scott Duplechein, the 2013 World Champion Jambalaya Cook, served up his winning fare on behalf of the Jambalaya Festival Association.