The Neosho High School cafeteria was lined with 80 booths Friday and Saturday, representing local banks, dentists, government offices and more.

The Neosho High School cafeteria was lined with 80 booths Friday and Saturday, representing local banks, dentists, government offices and more.

The 21st annual Business and Industry Review, with the theme "21 and always a winner" was held Friday evening and Saturday.

Shana Griffin, executive director of the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce, said the event drew a steady crowd similar to in years' past.

While the business review included casino-themed games, along with the popular business expo freebies, it also provided attendees an opportunity to network with area businesses, Griffin noted.

"It's a way for our businesses that are exhibiting to have great exposure, to let the people know exactly what products and services they have to offer," Griffin said. "And for our business community, for them to come, it's a great way to network with one another."

When making the rounds, attendees had the opportunity to have their photo taken with fun props at the Family Dentistry booth, while the Four States Dental booth offered a spin the wheel contest, with prizes including toothpaste and floss.
Across the room, constituents could meet with Rep. Bill Reiboldt, while Neosho citizens also had the chance to talk with local law enforcement officers and other city employees at the City of Neosho booth.

Clifford the Big Red Dog was also in attendance on Saturday, as he greeted event goers near the Scholastic booth.
Shannon Whitehill and her three children visited Clifford on Saturday, as the kids made the rounds collecting goodies, including free books, at the event.

Whitehill said the business and industry review serves as a great reminder of Neosho's variety of businesses and services.

"I think it offers a very good opportunity for people to come out and to see what Neosho has and to see what we offer," Whitehill said. "I've lived here for 32 years, I love Neosho and I think Neosho is a wonderful town and we offer a lot of great businesses and a lot of people don't even know about some of the businesses that we have. I think this is what opens their eyes."

Whitehill said even for longtime residents, such as herself, the event provides an opportunity to learn some new things about the town.

"There's things, even for me living here so long, that I'm like 'Oh, I didn't even know that was here,'" Whitehill said. "I think it's awesome."

Griffin also noted the opportunity for the general public, noting that while the expo offers businesses an opportunity to network it can also be a resource for the community.

"What other place could you be under one roof and see such a variety of banking institutions, retail and industries?" Griffin said. "It's a way for people to see what our business community has."

While the Neosho Business and Industry Review has wrapped up for the year, Griffin said it's not too early for organizers to begin preparing for the 2014 event.

"We start preparing pretty much a year in advance," Griffin said. "Right after this, on Monday, the exhibitors can start turning in their reservations for their booth for next year."

Griffin said because the review is held in the high school cafeteria the 2014 date will be set once the school calendar for 2013-2014 is announced.

The 2013 Business and Industry Review was sponsored by the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce, the Neosho Daily News, and KBTN radio.