Local expo lets community know how to 'Get It Here'
By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Thu., Sep. 8, 2011
“We’re kicking off our Second Annual Consumer Products Show,” said Sue O’Connor, president of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. Also known as the “Get It Here” expo, the event is an opportunity for businesses and community members to meet one another. “It’s a great way for businesses to let the community and other businesses know what’s out there,” explained O’Connor. The free event will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road in Manchester.
Dotti Canon of Brown Sugar Catering was at last year’s show and is returning this year, “because it fits so well with my belief in the town of Manchester,” she said. Canon makes as many of her purchases as possible in Manchester, and looks forward to making personal contacts with new vendors at this year’s expo. “Especially in these economic times,” she said, “we need to support our local businesses.” She will be featuring some of her new items for holiday catering. “It’s an opportunity to showcase my new things,” she said.
“I’m hoping to meet some new businesses and residents,” said Nancy Fox of Beltone New England, which offers hearing aids with wireless technology. Fox said, “One of the things that struck me about the expo is the ‘Get It Here’ theme,” which she described as a “positive approach.” As a first-time vendor at the expo, Fox is looking forward to meeting people and showing the value of the personal, hands-on service her company can provide. She is also hoping to make new connections for local services and supplies that her office needs.
“We do it in part to support the theme of supporting local businesses,” agreed Nancy Murray, general manager of the Shoppes at Buckland Hills. “It’s an opportunity to make contacts, face-to-face,” she said, “and to find out about goods and services.” Last year, Murray said she made a number of valuable new contacts.
“We really appreciate what the Chamber does,” added Murray, which is part of why she wants her business represented at the expo. “The Chamber advocates for businesses.”
Speaking about the GMCC in general, Canon said, “It’s an asset. The Chamber gave me my start.” In her first year of business, Canon said the GMCC was responsible for 30 percent of her business.
The Second Annual Consumer Product Show is sponsored by First Niagara Bank, continuing the relationship developed by NewAlliance Bank with the first expo.
For more information about the Second Annual Consumer Products Show, the “Get It Here” efforts, or the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, visit the website manchesterchamber.com or call the Chamber office at 860-646-2223.