Business to Business showcase continues success streak

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Tolland County/East Hartford - posted Fri., Apr. 8, 2011
Mary Friel of Windsor gets a Facebook lesson from Tiffany Sacchi of Express Wireless of Vernon at the Tolland County/East Harford Chambers of Commerce Business Showcase on April 6. Photos by Steve Smith.
Mary Friel of Windsor gets a Facebook lesson from Tiffany Sacchi of Express Wireless of Vernon at the Tolland County/East Harford Chambers of Commerce Business Showcase on April 6. Photos by Steve Smith.

The Tolland County and East Hartford Chambers of Commerce celebrated another successful joint effort at the annual Business to Business Showcase at Maneeley's in South Windsor on April 6.

Sixty-eight businesses set up shop for the three-hour event. Many said they got great networking and exposure from the experience.

“It's been just about what I'd hoped for,” said Ralph Campagna of Amplisound. “I'm meeting a lot of people, seeing a lot of local businesses, and getting an idea of what the local business community is like. You've got to show up at things like this if you want people to know about you.”

“It's very busy,” said Nicole Chartier, x-ray technologist at Tolland Imaging Center. “It's a lot of good exposure. We have people like Riverside Health [& Rehabilitation Center] and the Visiting Nurses [and Heatlh Association of Connecticut] here, so there's been a lot of good networking.”

Dot Tedeschi of Two Dots Magnetic Clasp Bracelets was one vendor who was selling her wares on the spot.

“It's been pretty good,” she said, adding that she doesn't yet have her own store, but works out of a few local hair salons.

“The showcase is a great idea,” she said, adding that she has connected with other local businesses about how they might work together.

Meghan Scranton of Scranton Motors brought a new Buick Regal Turbo to the event.

“This is a great way to get people who wouldn't ordinarily stop by [the dealership] to see the vehicle, and get some customer awareness,” she said.

“I think it went awesome,” said Tolland County Chamber Executive Director Candice Corcione. “People were very happy, and the businesses seemed very happy. They were talking to each other before the doors opened to the public, and I saw a lot of business being done between businesses.”

Corcione said the attendence was on par with last year, with more than 300 people who came out, and the plans for the future are to stay the course.

“Everything seems to be working very well,” she said, “and I think we're just going to continue doing it the same way. It works well and people enjoy it.”


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