Source : journalnow.com
By : Fran Daniel
Category : Hotel SEO Florida
Brian May found out quickly Thursday just how popular the Midday Mingle is at the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce’s annual business expo. Folks get a chance to sample food from local restaurants during the mingle event. “We brought in about 400 sandwiches, and they were gone in about 35 minutes,” said May, the general manager of Newk’s Eatery on Hanes Square Circle. He had to have more food delivered. “It was a good thing but unexpected,” he said. Newk’s is a fast casual restaurant that moved into the former Fuddruckers space off Hanes Mall Boulevard about 1 ½ years ago. It also provides catering. “One of the biggest things that we need to do right now is get name recognition out there,” May said. The Triad Business and Innovation Exp, which was held at the Benton Convention Center, had 124 vendors showcasing their products and services. Gayle Anderson, the president and chief executive of the chamber, said that was about the same number as last year. “I think this is one of the best shows we’ve had,” Anderson said. She said that some exhibitors have told her that traffic, interest and substantive conversations with potential customers are higher than they were at last year’s expo. “So when they are interacting with people, it is somebody that they actually think they have the potential to do business with, not just somebody walking by saying, ‘Hi, how are you.’” Anderson said.
She also said that people appear to be more upbeat this year about business in general. Other vendors at the expo included Natural Food Care, which is inside the Biz Source at Hanes Mall and the Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons/Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. Like Newk’s, Natural Foot Care was a first-time exhibiter at the expo. The company provides biomechanical analysts, focusing on pinpointing the root cause of pain in such areas of the body as feet, knees, backs and hips. Owner Sherry Kinnaman said she was happy with the business she had generated at the expo. “I’ve already booked several appointments,” Kinnaman said. I’ve had several people take my card and say that they want to call and learn more about what I do and schedule an appointment in the future.” She said she has also enjoyed meeting, greeting and making new friends. Rebecca Foley and Carla Puahi represented Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons/Joseph S. Koury Convention Center, which has exhibited at the expo the past several years. “I enjoy this show,” Puahi said. “I see a lot of clients here. That’s one of the reasons I come.” She said she typically does a lot of business with the expo’s exhibiters. This year the expo had a new feature. Several social media professionals blogged live about what was happening at the expo and the different exhibitors. Kristen Daukas, the director of social media for Atlantic Social, organized the blogging event. “Our blogging community is very active, and I just wanted to get an opportunity for all of us to get together,” she said.
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