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Plan to attend first Rosemount Expo

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What: Rosemount’s First Home and Business Expo

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 3

Where: Rosemount Community Center, 13885 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount

How much: Free event with free parking

ROSEMOUNT — The first Rosemount Home and Business Expo will soon open its doors and welcome the public to this community networking venue.

So far, the city of Rosemount has booked nearly 50 booths to showcase local businesses, organizations and all kinds of city, school, civic and community groups.

"We want to make sure everything goes well and everyone is welcome," said Stacy Bodsberg, city planning secretary, who is leading efforts to organize the Expo. "I will be there at the front doors of the community center greeting and helping to orient all to the gym in the basement."

Many city departments and city planners will be at booths to answer questions from the public.

The city believes the expo format will give small businesses additional exposure and a chance to meet and mingle with locals.

"Given it is our first time, we want to make sure we have enough businesses who are given the opportunity to show what all is available in Rosemount," Rosemount Community Development Director Kim Lindquist said.

"I am really looking forward to seeing the community come out for this because it will really be fun event for families to see what is going on in Rosemount," said Michelle Hoagland of Rosemount.

As owner of the realty team Michelle Hoagland Group of Keller Williams Preferred Realty, she looks forward to offering housing market information at her exhibitor booth.

A few years ago, Hoagland began promoting local Rosemount businesses when she founded a morning local networking meeting and this group has seen slow, steady growth, she said.

"Our goal with this group is to try and promote each other businesses and try to see them grow," Hoagland added.

As a member of Rosemount Rotary Club and Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce, she knows the value of philanthropic community service and business networking.

"We have been constantly working to promote Rosemount, and one of our goals is to get local businesses to work together to help each other so they grow and get a more robust," Hoagland said.

The idea of an Expo has been in the works for at least five years, Hoagland said.

"This is very exciting for us and we have been kind of discussing this for years," Hoagland said.

"We hope this Expo will grow exponentially every year, but for right now it will serve as a ground for testing to see what is there," she added.

She would like to see adults and children come and be creative to put together small home projects to take home. This year there will be some children's events and a chance to paint pottery.

Rosemount Area Arts Council will showcase the 2018 arts and events schedule offered in town such as live theatre, musicals and indoor and outdoor concerts.

Inside the Expo, Cardinal Coffee Cart will be serving up a full menu of hot beverages in the lobby, and outside the venue guests can enjoy mobile menus from food trucks.

Area Twin Cities food trucks will surely delight guests with culinary sweet and savory foods, Bodsberg said.

The food truck called B 52 will serve up American Grill and Samurai Teppanyaki will introduce Japanese cuisine. The food truck Emconada will sell Latin foods and Buon Cibo will serve up Italian menu items, while Asian Invasion will surprise all with interesting Asian mobile entrees.

Fluegel's Farm Garden & Pet will have a project and Sprickets Pottery of Rosemount will offer the creative craft of painting pottery.

"This will give us the opportunity for local businesses to get their names out there, and I think it will be a real fun community event to bring everyone together and we hope it will turn into an annual event," Hoaglund said.