As our business community strives to recover and rebuild in the upcoming months, the Vilonia Area Chamber would like to challenge everyone to make a purchase, this week and the coming weeks, at a small retail business in Vilonia.

One small purchase can make a big difference to a merchant. A lot of small purchases can make a larger difference.

The merchants in Vilonia are our friends, neighbors and family. Let’s support them and make it a little easier as they are trying to get back up and running.

We would also like to invite you to our Business Expo to be held Thursday, Aug. 14 in the high school gymnasium. Several businesses will be set up, and there is no entry fee.

Teachers and staff of the school district are invited to visit from 10 a.m., until noon. After noon, the expo will be open to the general public until 2 p.m. At the booths, you will be able to find many services. Also, some will be giving away goodies, and there will be drawings for door prizes. No need to bring a bag for collecting, the chamber will provide one at the door.