BY ADRIAN MILLER
CLARENCE Valley businesses had the opportunity to strut their stuff and impress potential buyers yesterday at the 2005 Clarence Valley Innovation Expo.
Held as part of the Australian Innovation Festival, the event was sponsored by Federal Government Initiatives, Northern Rivers Area Consultative Committee and Small Business Answers, and organised by ClarenceAhead.
Southern Cross University Vice Chancellor Professor Paul Clark, in opening the expo, said it provided the perfect opportunity for local ideas and products to obtain backers.
"If you look at what we've got here today, we've got people wanting to do things, people wanting to support them and regional groups trying to get those links together," he said.
"I think when you get those three things together, that's when you see things take off."
Yamba resident Jack Treacey used the expo to gain exposure for his product BrickGrip. BrickGrip is a device which clips onto any household brick to hold anything from a surfboard to a fishing rod.
Mr Treacey said yesterday's expo was important because it allowed up and coming businesses in the Valley to overcome geographical disadvantages.
"We're here (Clarence Valley) because we like to live here, but try to get something like this (BrickGrip) going, we're at a big disadvantage, so a function like this where you get to network with people ... is important," he said.