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Foresthill showcase puts businesses in spotlight

By: Gloria Young Journal Staff Writer
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Foresthill commerce takes center stage at Saturday?s Divide Home & Business Showcase. Sponsored by the Foresthill Chamber of Commerce, it will bring together dozens of businesses, as well as nonprofits. Chairwoman Laura Nelson said there are about 30 booths so far. ?It?s mostly home-based businesses and some storefronts and nonprofits also,? she said. ?It?s a great opportunity for our home-based businesses to let people know they are on the divide.? The showcase will be held in the gym area of Carpenter?s Place. ?It?s a large facility. ? It gives us lots of (indoor) space and gives us outdoor space for the food vendors and others,? she said. This is the third year the chamber has hosted the showcase, which will include demonstrations and workshops, as well as a raffle. In addition, a truck from Secure Records Management in Auburn will be on-site for document shredding and will shred the first box for free, Nelson said. Visitors will be able to learn about defensible space from Brushbusters, get facts on pest control, carpeting, chiropractic services and energy efficiency, then check out the latest in jewelry at a couple of jewelry booths, including Roper?s of Auburn. Walgreen?s pharmacy will have representatives on hand. And Sebastian, the local phone company will conduct a fiber optics demonstration. ?He?ll have a sample of the fiber optics and will show how it works,? Nelson said. ?They?ve been switching (Foresthill) to fiber optics for more than a year now.? Food will be offered by Foresthill Chef Orlando Sanchez, a caterer, who will have breakfast burritos and barbecue on the menu. He?ll be cooking on a new Louisiana pellet grill from Renewable Energy Products in Auburn, Nelson said. The Foresthill High School Wildfires boosters club will have coffee and drinks for sale. The chamber is bringing out its new portable PA system, with businesses using it to give talks at their booths throughout the day. The raffle will be held at noon and 2:30 p.m., with each winner taking home half the pot. There?s also a passport drawing with a prize of $200 in merchandise and services. ?Everyone goes around to each booth and gets (the passport) signed off (and then it goes into a drawing),? she said. Chamber office manager Erika Kerr, a local Realtor, will be attending for the first time. ?I?ll be doing chamber activities and running the chamber booth,? she said. For her, the most important element of the showcase is ?bringing all the businesses in the community into one place so people can see what they have to offer,? she said. Nelson has been chairwoman of the showcase since it started and gets help from numerous local volunteers to ensure its success. What she enjoys most, ?is just the positive feedback we get from residents and the participating businesses,? she said. Reach Gloria Young at gloriay@goldcountrymedia.com. ------------ Divide Home and Business Showcase When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 12 Where:?Carpenter?s Place, 5845 Sunset Drive, Foresthill Admission: Free For more information: foresthillchamber.org