The 4th annual Ohio Valley Regional Oil and Gas Expo wrapped up day one Wednesday in St. Clairsville.
Nearly 200 exhibitors took part in the event to talk with future employers and investors.
There were vendors outside and three rooms full inside the James Carnes Center in Belmont County.
Banks, insurance companies, hotels and restaurants have all been impacted by the recent gas and oil business boom. Hundreds of area businesses had the chance to get together with industry representatives to see how they can benefit one another.
It was also a chance for people to find possible employment.
“Rice Energy came to ask if they could drill on our property,” Stark State College Student Tom Hollowecky said. “They introduced me to one of the rigs. I got to see how the work was done and I got really interested and I thought this was the career for me.”
The expo continues Thursday beginning at 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.