Despite the cold, wet weather that made its way into the Pittsburg area Friday afternoon, the first day of the annual Business Expo at Meadowbrook Mall was ruled a "success" by its sponsor.

Despite the cold, wet weather that made its way into the Pittsburg area Friday afternoon, the first day of the annual Business Expo at Meadowbrook Mall was ruled a "success" by its sponsor.
Blake Benson, president of the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce, said the chilly conditions may have actually helped the expo's cause.
"I think the cold weather pushed people indoors," he said. "There was a steady stream of people and Friday was definitely a success."
Benson said 40 local businesses are represented at this year's expo, which serves as a showcase for Pittsburg area industry.
"It really is a chance for people to check out the kinds of businesses that we have here in Pittsburg," Bensons said. "It's a relaxed atmosphere where they can just walk up and find out what a business does, and potentially become a customer."
Benson said the expo can prove to be quite beneficial for local business, especially during these tough economic times when many people are tightening their financial belts and cutting back on destination shopping.
"And traditionally, people are always surprised when they come out and see what we have available here in Pittsburg — both from the consumer side and the business side," Benson said. "This is a great way for the general public to be exposed to a large number of local businesses at one place."
The expo will continue today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Benson encourages local residents to stop by, both as a way of learning about local businesses, but also as a way to get in from the cold.
"We're kind of hoping, with the weather being like it is, that people want to stay indoors, and not just at home," he said. "The mall would be a great place for the kids to run around, get some balloons and have a little bit of fun."