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Gaston County Economic Development Commission Co-Hosting Virtual Business Expo Next Week

GASTONIA, N.C. – The Gaston County Economic Development Commission (EDC), along with economic development organizations from 15 other counties across the Charlotte region and the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance, is proud to present Stream 2021 -- an expo designed to build business connections among Charlotte region manufacturers and strengthen regional supply chains – both upstream and downstream. 

The virtual expo will take place Feb. 16 and 17.

“Of the many changes and impacts experienced this past year, there have been many instances in Gaston County where local manufacturers have experienced significant supply chain disruptions as their global network of suppliers and buyers became severely strained during this pandemic,” said Richard Randall, Existing Industry Manager for the EDC.  “The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for a renewed focus on finding more primary and secondary suppliers in closer proximity to reduce lead times, cost, risk and disruption, and to allow for closer collaboration between buyers and suppliers. With this in mind, we felt the need to join peer organizations across North and South Carolina to create Stream 2021.”

This year’s exposition, conducted online in a virtual trade show format due to the ongoing pandemic, offers participating manufacturers many benefits including:

  • The ability to find, schedule and conduct online business-to-business (B2B) meetings with potential buyers and suppliers
  • Tools to network with other Stream 2021 attendees through real-time chat, discussion forums, and one-on-one or small group video conversations directly in the platform
  • Industry experts speaking on a variety of supply chain topics relevant to Gaston County manufacturers
  • Branded-booths to showcase products and services

Interested manufacturers can still register, either as an Exhibitor ($325 per company), or as an Attendee ($125) to virtually “walk” the Stream 2021 exhibit halls. Registration is available via the Stream 2021 website:

“We are very excited for Stream 2021 and how it may benefit Gaston County manufacturers,” Randall said. “We hope it means new business opportunities that range from finding new customers within the region, to potential cost savings or reducing supply chain risk by finding new suppliers closer to home.”


Richard Randall, Existing Industry Manager, Gaston County EDC
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