Various industries represented at Chamber of Commerce Business Expo
Jessica McCollum, left, and Tara Bockstanz of McCollum Hearing Center talk with Gaby Polanco at the 2013 Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo at the Hager Hall Conference and Event Center on Wednesday. Polanco is with Lutheran Home Care & Hospices, Inc. (By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer / June 26, 2013)
Nearly 60 local vendors set up booths at the Expo to show area residents what they can offer.
A large computer monitor that integrates with mobile technology and tablets, and can stream television in high-definition was on display from Centric, a company that provides innovative hardware and software products with a branch in Hagerstown.
Centric Regional Sales Manager Cory Moskowitz said that the company showed up at the Expo to help make Hagerstown residents more aware of the products they offer.
“We’ve operated an office in Hagerstown for three years, so not everybody has heard of Centric or knows who we are,” he said. “For us, it’s just about getting our name out there, and giving people an idea of the services and offerings that we bring to the table.”
Even food places such as Jimmy John’s and Uno Chicago Grill had booths.
Jimmy John’s Manager Kelly Humbertson said that the company is trying to get more business. It offered free sandwiches, menus and cups.
“We’re trying to build our catering and expand our business,” Humbertson said. “This lets people know how good our sandwiches are.”
Residents walked in for various reasons, including seeing the products that are offered and using the event to network.
Virginia Neisser, 69, of Maugansville said that she is an adviser to a friend who is starting a new business and showed up to see what products would be useful for the business.
“I wanted to get some ideas about new things that are available,” she said. “We have to stay current to help us have the right products for the right job.”
Lavern Foucha, 45, of Hagerstown said that she was educating herself about what is going on in the area. Foucha said that she was interested in some of the health services that were present, as well as charity agencies such as Horizon Goodwill Industries.
“Hagerstown has a lot to offer,” she said. “There’s educational programs, free services and good products.”
Adam Maginnis of Hagerstown said that he showed up to network with other business.
Maginnis, 29, said he is the owner of AM Graphics, a graphics arts firm.
“Somebody may know somebody who knows somebody else who has the big job,” he said. “More awareness of businesses in and around Hagerstown is one thing” that Maginnis could get out of the Expo.
Chamber President Brien Poffenberger said that the Expo was meant to showcase the Hagerstown and Washington County business community.
“This is for people who want goods and services, and are wondering or exploring what’s being offered in Washington County,” he said. “I think many people would be surprised how many goods and services are provided in Washington County, what’s sold here, what’s made here, and this is an opportunity to showcase that.”