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Dayton on Tour

Dayton On Tour

2018 Dayton on Tour was a hit! On to 2019…

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The Dayton Chamber of Commerce and the Port of Columbia are partnering to host Dayton on Tour on Saturday, October 6, 2018. This full day of events will include the tour of historic homes, art show and Oktoberfest beer garden in the evening. Main Street tours will showcase businesses and buildings currently for sale on our rustic, tree lined Main Street. Envision yourself operating a historic Victorian Hotel, or maybe a bustling sports bar, antique shop or gourmet restaurant. The tour of Main Street will run from 10 am to 5 pm. 
Additionally, empty storefronts will be open for tours, with the hope that entrepreneurs will find homes for their next big business idea. Local economic development advisers, small business experts, and funding resources will be on hand as well to assist with questions on starting a business in Columbia County.
While at first glance it may seem concerning that so many downtown buildings are for sale, Kathryn Witherington, Economic Development Coordinator for the Port, sees it differently. “Our Main Street business owners love Dayton and are successful here, but are experiencing life changes – they want to retire, spend more time with family or expand to a larger location. They are committed to keeping their doors open until they can find a good buyer who will fall in love with Dayton and their business. We hope this event will help them find that next great business owner.”

For questions regarding this event, please contact Melissa Bryan, Director of the Dayton Chamber of Commerce, at 509-382-4825 or or Kathryn Witherington, Economic Development Coordinator with the Port of Columbia, at 509-382-2577 or