Visitors to the Powell Festival on June 26 and 27 will have an opportunity to get to meet and interact with members of the Greater Powell Area Chamber of Commerce.

Visitors to the Powell Festival on June 26 and 27 will have an opportunity to get to meet and interact with members of the Greater Powell Area Chamber of Commerce.

Steve Lutz, president of the chamber's board of directors said the chamber will have a meet-and-greet with the public on the property of Great Lake Insurance Group, located at 27 S. Liberty St. between 6:30 and 9 p.m. on Friday.

Parking is available at Village Academy, 285 S. Liberty St. Chamber member Bob Green is the owner of Great Lakes Insurance Group and has offered the property for the event.

Lutz, who also is Powell's city manager, said the chamber will have a booth located on the grounds of Village Green Park, in a section set aside for community groups and not-for-profit groups. "We will have literature and information about the Chamber of Commerce. So if people are interested in learning about the chamber or joining up, they will be able to do that."

Lutz said this event is always an important occasion for everyone involved in the day-to-day business in the city. "From the city's standpoint, it is always the highlight on our calendar every year. It is a great opportunity to see the community come together."

Patti Brown-Wright, current chamber board member and past president, said that although the chamber isn't involved in the planning of the Powell Festival, it is always an important event for the group. Brown-Wright said the chamber is an advocate for local businesses and a presence at events like the festival is important for a curious public. "Basically we are an advocate for the people and any businesses, whether they are in Powell or the surrounding area. We keep them informed on what is going on that would affect their business."

Lutz said the chamber has gotten a lot of positive feedback from their members about their presence at public events such as the Powell Festival. "What many of our members have enjoyed are the networking opportunities at functions and to share their stories with each other."

Lutz said events like this are important not only for local businesses, but also for what it provides for the entire community. "I think an event like this really builds community spirit, especially when you have so many groups that participate to make it a success."

For additional information on the Greater Powell Area Chamber of Commerce, log on to PowellChamber.com, call (614) 888-4803, or stop by their office at 50 S. Liberty St., Suite 170.