Louisville Local Business Expo

An all local and independent business showcase.

Thursday, January 25, 2018
1:00pm - 6:00pm

Mellwood Art Center, Picasso Room  |  1860 Mellwood Ave

Register NOW to attend &
receive a Local Love Gift Bag.

Free entry with business card.
Gift bag quantities limited, details below.

Interested in a booth? Email Allison for more info.


12:00pm - 1:00pm:

* Members Only Lunch (reserve lunch here if you're a member), brought to you by Snookies' Kookies

* LIBA Board Elections

1:00pm - 4:30pm: 

* Business Expo Booths

* TED-Style Talks (info below)

* The Weird & Wonderful Auction

4:30pm - 6:00pm:

* Business Expo Booths, along with our

* Networking Happy Hour, brought to you by 
Real Tek Solutions and Unified Technologies

* The Weird & Wonderful Auction concludes

Make it your business to buy local.

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!

Win great prizes.

Many of our booths will register you to win amazing items when you stop by their booths. (WAKY Radio is giving away a new car in 2018!)

LIBA’s Vendor Bender game will get you entered to win a 'Sip-ly Local' package, which includes Elijah Craig Small Batch from Heaven Hill, White Noise from Old 502, $50 in Louisville Originals gift cards, and $50 in LIBA eGift Cards. Pick up your game card at registration!

Check this out.

Thanks to Hatfield Media for video and production efforts on a LIBA membership video, showcasing the Louisville Local Business Expo.

TED-Style, 20 minute talks from:

1:30pm - From I, to They, to We:  the slow train to  community 

Drawing from his work as an author, songwriter, teacher, and nonprofit Deputy Director, Joe Manning will discuss what he has learned about how the creative impulse can lead the way to both personal discovery and significant community engagement. 

2:30pm - What Spends Here Stays Here:Independent Businesses and
Community Development

Derek Peebles is trained in the principles of Asset Based Community Development, an approach that maintains you can’t have enduring economic and social change by building on a community’s brokenness. You must begin with a community’s strengths. Entrepreneurship and independent businesses are one of those strengths. Derek is the Director of Economics of Compassion Initiative and Managing Partner for a small business consulting firm in Cincinnati, OH. Derek led a workshop for LIBA last fall entitled: What Spends Here Stays Here: Developing West Louisville's Economy from Within. LIBA is looking forward to working on further events with him in 2018 as well - this is your chance to learn about this revolutionary model of community development.


3:30pm - Surviving & Thriving in the Age of Amazon

With a focus on retail, this panel of local and independent success stories have been competing with online retailers for years. Hear from these longtime independent retailers about successful practices and how they position their business to compete against the online giants. Panelists include Ben Jones [Better Days Records], Summer Auerbach [Rainbow Blosson Natural Food Markets & Wellness Center], Robbie Gibson [Belmar Floral Shop] and Sarah Rowlette [Kentucky Retail Federation].

The Local Love Gift Bag

Register to attend NOW and you'll get a Local Love Gift Bag (free entry with business card, bag quantities limited). Gift bag includes local goodies from Heck Yes Magnets, Louisville Tea Co., Reuse & Baby LouSoapman & Son and from our Expo sponsors.





Members only lunch, brought to you byNetworking Happy Hour, brought to you by

 C&H Audio Visual Services, Inc.    |    Evan Williams Bourbon Experience    |    eyedia, design it again    |    Hatfield Media

KIW Insurance, LLC    |    Living Spaces by Lyn    |    Louisville Magazine    |    Phoenix IT    |    TKM Financial Services, LLC

USA Printing & Promotions    |    VeriCorp    |    WAKY Radio 


Advanced Payroll Systems

Beaded Treasures Project

Belmar Flower Shop

Better Business Bureau

Broker House Lending

C&H Audio Visual Services, Inc.

Card Payment Solutions USA

Clayton & Crume

Commonwealth Financial Advisors

ELM Catering

Evan Williams Bourbon Experience

eyedia, design it again

Garrett-Stotz Company

Harbor House

Hatfield Media

Jewish Family & Career Services


Kentucky Straight Ice

KIW Insurance, LLC

Leanhart Plumbing Co, Inc

LEO Weekly


Living Spaces by Lyn

Louisville Independent Business Alliance

Louisville Label

Louisville Magazine

Louisville Metro

Louisville Public Media

Louisville Small Business Development Center

Louisville Water Company

Louisville Water Tower Park

Merchant's PACT

Merrick Printing Company

Millennial Title

Mom's Music

Park Community Credit Union, Inc.

Paws with Purpose

Phoenix IT

Planet Einstein

Platnum Panel

Promotional Printing Services, LLC

Rawnaissance Desserts

Real Tek Solutions

Republic Bank

Reuse & Baby Lou dba RBL Sewing

Social Abundance Marketing

Stack Insurance Agency

Steurer & Jacoby Group, Inc

Streamline Payments

Tilford Dobbins & Schmidt PLLC

TKM Financial Services

Total Body Chiropractic

Total Office Products and Service

Town Talk Headwear

Trimen Solutions

U.S. Small Business Administration

Unified Technologies

Universal Linen

USA Printing & Promotions



WAKY Radio

Walker Flags

Weightless Float Center

Yelp! Louisville

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