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25 companies participate in business expo

TWENTY-FIVE locally owned businesses participated in the 2019 Saipan Business Expo hosted by the Saipan Chamber of Commerce on Saturday in the Taga Hall of Saipan World Resort.

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Local businessman Jim Arenovski, left, Saipan Chamber of Commerce president Velma Palacios, center, and executive director Maxine Laszlo pose for a photo.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

Maxine Laszlo, chamber executive director, said the event highlighted the different vendors of the island and their products and services.

“Our goal is to support small businesses and businesses that have been here for a long time,” she added.

She said the expo also provided a venue for new businesses to introduce their products or services to the community.

Heather Popa, Marpac marketing coordinator, said they highlighted products that people might not be aware of. “People know that Marpac distributes alcoholic beverages, but we brought different things that they might not be familiar with.”

Although visited mostly by tourists, the I Love Saipan store in Garapan sells items at very affordable prices, said Prince Salvoza, product developer of the store.

He said both their stores in Garapan and on Middle Road cater to tourists and locals alike.

Another expo participant, the Saipan Programming School, launched its training programs in January this year.

Ruby Panoy, the school administrator, said they offer courses in Computer Basics, Computer Graphics, Computer Programming, and Microsoft Office applications.

They currently have about 60 students, she added.

Lawrence Green, a software developer, founded the Saipan Programming School, which is located at the Marianas Business Plaza.

“Our main objective is to empower and help people to be digitally literate,” Panoy said. “Everything is computerized now.”

Most of their students, Panoy said, are people who have been in the workforce for a long time and want to advance their career by learning new skills.

For more information about Saipan Programming School, call Ruby Panoy at 789-1260 or email at