Showcase brings local business interests together


Photos by Shawn Nowlin

Server Marleigh Hall (left) and Pastry Chef Danielle Leavens (right), Our Daily Bread employees.

More than 80 businesses participated in last Thursday’s Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase Schmooza Palooza, an annual event now in its fifth year.

The purpose of the gathering, once again hosted by the Salem Civic Center, was for business owners to meet other entrepreneurs and build new relationships within the community.

In addition to being responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Chamber, Executive Director Jill Sluss also plays a vital part in every community event.

“We definitely had more participation this year as well as an increase in attendance. Everything that we do is a group effort,” Jill said. “In the past, the entire expo was held in the community room and parlors on the main level of the Salem Civic Center. It began growing, and that growth is why it is now held in the arena.”

David Shumate and Danielle Leavens became the owners of Salem’s Our Daily Bread restaurant a few months ago. They and their…

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