Hoping to raise students' awareness of Athens' businesses and their services, Ohio University Student Senate will team up with the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce to host the second annual Athens Business Community Fair from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, on Court Street.
Businesses will set up tables from Union to Washington streets, and the area will be closed to traffic. The event is free and open to the public.
Ohio University sophomore Meg Sanderson, Student Senate's commissioner for city and county affairs, said more than 70 local businesses -- including restaurants, hotels, bookstores and apartment complexes -- have signed up to participate.
"Most students are familiar with the big chain stores on East State Street and the restaurants and shops on Court Street, but our goal is to make students aware of the great offerings of the many small businesses in the area," Sanderson said.
Larry Payne, membership service coordinator for the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, said local business owners are always trying to attract more students.
"There is no doubt that Ohio University students should know more about what area businesses have to offer them, and the business fair is a great opportunity to connect the two parties," Payne said. "(The fair) is very beneficial to community."
-- George Mauzy