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Canton Business-to-Business Expo is upbeat
Attendance was up for both visitors and exhibitors in this third year of the annual event 
by WKSU's TIM RUDELL


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Great Court of the Canton Cultural Center for the Arts. Sixty exhibitors set up for the B to B Expo
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“Optimistic” was the word at a Business-to-Business Expo Wednesday in Canton.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports that hundreds of business operators, entrepreneurs, and investors gathered in the city’s Cultural Center for the Arts.   

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With business investment up and unemployment down in Stark and surrounding counties, participants in the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s B-to-B Expo were noticeably positive.

Boom 
Steve Mills of Pittsburgh-based Weavertown Environmental Group is an example. Weaverton specializes in accident prevention and clean-up for the trucks, river shipping, and pipelines that move hazardous materials. Mills was at the Expo because he is setting up a new branch of the company in the Tuscarawas Valley south of Canton, where the shale drilling boom is expected to be strong. We’re encouraged about expanding the operation in eastern Ohio.  We are not only looking to just bring business into the area, I’m looking to partner with the local community, hire local people.  I’m looking to be a part of that boom.”

Growth
This third year for the Canton Expo drew 60 exhibitors, up 20 percent from last year.  

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