Business Recognition Event held by Vernon Economic Development Commission

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Fri., Mar. 29, 2013
Vernon Business Recognition Event
Kevin Young of Edward Jones Investments receives a certificate from Vernon Economic Development Coordinator Shaun Gately at the Business Recognition Event at Key Hyundai on March 26. Photos by Steve Smith.

Vernon's Economic Development Commission hosted a Business Recognition Event on March 28, and officials said it was a successful kick-off for a better way of bringing local businesses together. “This is a unique time in our country's history and in our town's history,” said Jeffery Cohen of ImageWorks – the commission's chairman. “We have an opportunity to really start something and create momentum. The country's on the rebound – slow, but it's on the rebound.”

Economic Development Coordinator Shaun Gately said he hopes to have several more like events on a regular basis. There is also a Vernon Job Fair planned for this coming May.

As business owners signed up for the event on the commission's website, they were also able to tell about themselves and any recent highlights their businesses may have experienced. Gately presented certificates of recognition to several Vernon businesses, including Marcy's House of Beauty, Kaplan Computers, Scenes and Seams, InSphere Insurance Solutions, Integrated Rehabilitation Services, Edward Jones Investments, Suburban Home Medical and Thrifty Treasures.

Cohen said he has been a resident and business owner in town for several years, and has noticed changes with each new mayoral administration. “It's interesting to watch the transition,” he said. “Someone comes with a different vision – not necessarily a better or worse vision – but a different vision. What really carries things through that administrative change is the employees of the town who remain solid. There is some really good traction right now in this town, and it's a unique time.”

Cohen said there are a lot of businesses – new and old – that are growing in Vernon, and it's easier now to grow a business in town than perhaps ever. “We used to have almost a stigma for doing business,” he said. “Vernon was known as a hard town to do business in – getting approvals, etcetera. It was hard. People were resistant to doing new things. Shaun is all about systems and letting people know we're open for business.”

The commission also debuted a new slogan – “Vernon On the Move.”

“We can't say 'Vernon On the Move' if you are not enticing to new businesses,” Cohen said, adding that events like the Business Recognition are a way for business owners to network, especially those who are usually so busy running their companies that they don't interact much with other businesses.

“It was a great event, and a step in the right direction,” Gately said.

“The hope is to really start some momentum and let businesses know what is going on in their backyard,” Cohen said.

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