INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Elks Lodge will be packed with home-based businesses on Friday afternoon for the inaugural Home Based Business Fair, sponsored by the Independence Downtown Association.
“It was an unsung sector of the business population,” said Marilyn Morton, who came up with the idea while doing research on home-based businesses in the Monmouth and Independence area.
“It was stunning how many there were,” Morton said. “More than 390 residences and over 500 businesses, because some people have more than one at their address.”
She and Rod Killen decided the home-based business fair was needed.
Morton herself has four home-based businesses, including teaching piano, something she learned from a woman who also ran a home-based business.
The event can hold 40 vendors. Morton said on Tuesday that there was still room for businesses to participate.
For the business owner, the fair provides an opportunity to network and learn about accounting and finance, resources, writing press releases and training.
That’s not to say the event is strictly for those who run businesses from home, Morton said.
“It offers an opportunity to see what kind of smart inventors and creative thinkers we have in the area,” she said. “You don’t have to be a small business to partake of the education. Entry is free. It’s going to be a fascinating array of business offerings — everything from 3-D printers to in-home toe nail care.”
Morton said the business fair will give entrepreneurs a chance to feel elevated in the business world.
“I’d like to give the home-based business public legitimacy, and acknowledge what they provide for our community,” she said.
The Home Based Business Fair will be from 2 to 6 p.m. on Friday at the Independence Elks Lodge, 289 S. Main St.
Tables are available for $15. Admission is free.