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Louisville Local Business Expo

An all local and independent business showcase.



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Make it your business
to buy local.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

1pm-4pm, Mellwood Art Center
1860 Mellwood Ave.

(NOTE: This year we are in the Van Gogh Building on the opposite side.)

Find dozens of local providers for your business needs, and so much more...


Scattered throughout the event, these "quick learns" will offer brief (ie. 10-15 minutes) one-on-one consultations so attendees can quickly get some personalized, hands on knowledge from experts. You are encouraged to bring your laptop and materials from your business to work on.

We'll be opening sign ups soon, and here's a sampling of what you'll find: 

Business Financials: Know Your Numbers
with Hat Rack Business Solutions - Register Here

Meet with bookkeeping expert Bethany Witten, PMP, MBA of Hat Rack Business Solutions for best practices and guidance on keeping your books organized and up to date so you can make informed business decisions using real performance data to set and meet your profitability goals. Please note that this consultation will focus on bookkeeping aspects of accounting, not tax guidance.

Getting Unstuck
with Sweeney Coaching Group - Register Here
What would change for you by making real progress on an important topic in your business? Here’s your chance to bring any challenge you’re working through or opportunity you’re looking to seize into a conversation with a business coach. If getting unstuck is on the agenda, this is the place to do just that.

Maximize Your LIBA Membership
with Leslie Spanyer of LIBA - Register Here
You may be considering a membership, or new to LIBA, or a member for years. Anyone can benefit from spending 10 minutes with our Membership Engagement Director to talk about your unique business and how to best use your membership benefits.

Get Found On Google In 2023
with 502ads - Register Here
From Google’s recent updates on product listings to its changes to Google Business Profiles, learn the main things that local businesses should be doing in the new year to get found online.

Should I Get Certified? How to's for women, minority, veterans, disabled, and disadvantaged (hubzone) owners
with Go 2 Girl - Register Here
Would a diverse business certification benefit my business? Find out more about what a certification means. Vanessa is well versed in the process and can explain any documents needed (and if they are necessary/required).

Social Media Overload: Where to spend your limited time.
with Cambium Marketing - Register Here
Ten years ago many local and small business owners were still deciding if social media marketing was worth their time. Nowadays, the question isn’t “if" it’s "where do I spend my time?" Learn how your business can get the most out of social media in the most efficient ways.

Website Health Check
with Element 502 - Register Here
Make sure your website is 2023 ready for search ranking and website visitors. You’ll get a report of key metrics for your site as well as a list of recommended fixes and updates.

The Do’s and Don’t of Press Releases
with M2 - Maximum Media - Register Here
Understanding WHAT topics to write about, WHEN to send it, and WHO to send it to can greatly increase your chances of getting a press release picked up by the media. Let’s talk about how your business could best utilize press releases as a communications tool.

Check this out.

Thanks to Hatfield Media for this short video from the 2019 Expo, showcasing LIBA and our members, and why buying local is awesome!


The first 250 attendees of the event will receive a special edition tote bag. An excellent accessory for all of your visits to Expo booths and buying local in general!


From the promoters of the "Keep Louisville Weird" slogan, you can rest assured this won't be your usual business networking event. So grab some fresh popped popcorn and cotton candy, visit our cash bar (from HB Productions), play a few games and make new connections with local, independent businesses.


We'll be giving away one year of regular business membership to LIBA (open to current members and qualifying businesses).

We'll also have booth visit game, with the Localist Package for our grand prize! Many of our vendors are also offering prizes at their booths. 

Prizes, Prizes, Prizes

  • 502 Hemp Wellness Center - Enter to win a CBD Roll On Gel
  • Ashtree Therapeutics - Enter to win a free 60 minute massage
  • Better Business Bureau - Enter to win a BBB picnic blanket and 2 plastic BBB wine cups
  • BK Royston Book Publishing - Enter to win a set of fiction books and a Fire TV Stick
  • Blackswandesigns - Enter to win a swallowtail butterfly in a 3d floating frame
  • Broker House Lending - Enter to win a $300 VISA Gift Card
  • Brownfields Development - Enter to win a Gift Basket including $100 Visa Gift Card
  • Canopy Certified Inc. - Enter to win a Canopy t-shirt
  • Cardinal Moving - Enter to win a kids electric toy Audi - branded with Cardinal Moving
  • Chamber of St. Matthews - Enter to win a free one-year membership to the Chamber and a bottle of bourbon
  • Eclipse Bank - Paul's Fruit Market gift basket
  • Fire Protection Services, Inc. - Enter to win one of four $100 gift cards to Vernon Lanes
  • Francis Parker School of Louisville - Enter to win a 16oz Yeti Mug (value $50)
  • Gimme Some Suga Signature Cotton Candy & Mobile Cart - Enter to win a Sample Pack of Cotton Candy
  • Harbor House of Louisville - Enter to win a self-care basket with a super cozy blanket and other self-care items
  • Hectare’s CBD Innovations - Enter to win 3 cases (36 bottles) of CBD drinks (1 case each of Cold Brew, Hibiscus, and Ginger Turmeric)
  • Hyland Insurance - Enter to win a bottle of Woodford Double Oak
  • Jackie's Beauty & Body Works - Enter to win a Health supplement basket that includes: a 30- day supply of natural energy drink, liquid multi-vitamin & a tumbler cup!
  • Jenpale - Enter to win a bottle of Willett Potstill
  • Louisville Public Media - Enter to win a complimentary LPM membership and some LPM swag items
  • PayFWDs - Enter to win a $100 Visa Card
  • Phoenix IT - Enter to win a $75 Gift Certificate to Varanese
  • PrintWorx of Louisville - Enter to win one 20oz. Printworx coffee tumbler
  • Stack Insurance - Enter to win a pair of UofL Basketball Tickets (on 2/4 vs. Florida State)
  • Streamline Payments - Enter to win a 1.0 L Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon
  • Total Office Products & Services - Enter to win ‘Free Office Supplies for A Year’ - winner will be given a $75 credit quarterly (value $300)
  • Trimen Solutions - Enter to win a pair of UK home Basketball tickets (in February)


Gold Sponsor:

Lunch Sponsor:

Silver Sponsors:

Bronze Sponsors:

We have all become more aware of the reasons to buy local – and they apply just as much to our business purchases as our personal ones. This event will give attendees the chance to ‘walk the talk’ and find quality, local vendors for their business purchases. 

After all, a market shift of just 10% to local independent businesses would retain an additional $416 million in our regional economy, which helps all of our businesses!

Other Vendors:

Ashtree Theraputics

Better Business Bureau

BHC Roofing & Siding

BK Royston Book Publishing


Brownfields Development

Canopy Certified Inc.

Chamber of St. Matthews


Eclipse Bank

Francis Parker School of Louisville

Gimme Some Suga Signature Cotton Candy & Mobile Cart

Go 2 Girl

Harbor House of Louisville

Hectare's CBD Innovations

Jackie's Beauty & Body Works




Louisville Metro

Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission

Louisville Small Business Development Center

Magnolia Photo Booth Company

Mellwood Art Center

Ntaba Coffee Haus

Pay FWDs

YPAL (Young Professionals Association of Louisville)

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