Chamber and local businesses help consumers 'Get It Here'

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Thu., Sep. 22, 2011
Jim Spafford and Erika Kelley attended the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce's 'Get It Here' expo to provide in formation on the Manchester Adult and Continuing Education programs. Photos by Martha Marteney.
Jim Spafford and Erika Kelley attended the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce's 'Get It Here' expo to provide in formation on the Manchester Adult and Continuing Education programs. Photos by Martha Marteney.

The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce hosted its second annual ‘Get It Here’ consumer products expo on Sept. 20 at Cheney Hall. A variety of businesses gathered to meet community residents and network with other businesses.

The event was sponsored by First Niagara Bank, carrying on the tradition started last year by New Alliance Bank. “We get to meet the community,” said Christine Kneip, branch manager at the East Center Street location.

“We’re here promoting all of our programs,” said Erika Kelley, program manager for the newly-established Manchester Adult and Continuing Education. She was joined at the expo by Jim Spafford, the coordinator for business services and partnerships. He noted that being located now in Manchester, the programs can be more tailored to the needs of the community.

Photographer John Garaventa also participated in the event last year. For this year’s expo, he redesigned his booth to feature corporate photography, as well as photography needs of families and individuals. “I think it’s good exposure,” he said about being at the expo, “and it’s also good to support the Chamber.”

After participating in the GMCC’s ‘Business to Business’ expo, Greg Harman of Sam’s Club decided to join this year’s ‘Get It Here’ expo, too. “We do a lot of things for each other,” said Harman about his work both with the Chamber and the community as a whole. At the expo, he showcased the foods that his store offers.

According to Val Downs, nurse administrator at Surgical and Medical Ophthalmology, LLC, her office recently joined the Chamber and decided to exhibit at the expo to get the word out about their new location on East Center Street. She and technician Diana Zalewski offered free glaucoma screenings during the expo.

The Chamber’s next public event is the Nov. 5 dinner-dance at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cromwell. Community members as well as Chamber members are invited to enjoy an evening with the Pratt & Whitney Screaming Eagles, as well as Brian Miller Magic. Tickets are $80 per person and can be purchased at the Chamber offices at 20 Hartford Road, as well as at the Mary Cheney Public Library, the Manchester Police Department, the senior center and at the customer service office in Town Hall.


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