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Expo draws 70 businesses to Stamford for four-town schmoozefest

Updated 9:13 pm, Thursday, November 15, 2012

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  • Paul Gardner, right, speaks with Kathy O'Grady, Data Administration Manager for Tauck, during the Quad Chamber Expo and Business Networking event at the University of Connecticut's Stamford campus on Thursday, November 15, 2012. Photo: Lindsay Niegelberg / Stamford Advocate
    Paul Gardner, right, speaks with Kathy O'Grady, Data Administration Manager for Tauck, during the Quad Chamber Expo and Business Networking event at the University of Connecticut's Stamford campus on Thursday, November 15, 2012. Photo: Lindsay Niegelberg

 

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With the holiday season approaching, Helen Danial was looking for a chance to exhibit some of the chocolates and pastries available at her Norwalk shop, Chocolate Rain.

Danial, along with about 70 other local businesses, took the opportunity to network and gain some notice at the Quad Chamber Expo, held Thursday at UConn Stamford.

"We're located in a place that's not very visible, so we're here to make ourselves more visible," Danial said.

Hosted by the Stamford Chamber of Commerce, the event included executives and members from the chambers in Greenwich, Darien and Norwalk, as well as Stamford. The event has been held annually for the past six years, part of a handful of collaborations between the chambers that occur throughout the year, said Jack Condlin, president of the Stamford chamber.

"It gives an opportunity for the chambers to do stuff jointly, for our members to do some expanded networking," Condlin said. "It's a struggling economy, so networking is the number one reason to be able to grow your business."

This was a first-time event for Kevin MJ O'Connor, vice president of investments at the Jeffrey Matthews Financial Group in Greenwich. Though he joked about the number of brokerage firms located in Greenwich, O'Connor said that it's essential for companies like his to get the kind of exposure that the chamber event offered.

"Exposure is the name of my business," O'Connor said. "With the competition we've had and the state of the economy, you never know when an opportunity turns up."

Black Bear Saloon, which has locations in Stamford and South Norwalk, presented a table full of snacks and copies of a recently-introduced new menu. The restaurant is looking to network with corporate clients to arrange cross promotions, like discounted happy hour specials, and catering for corporate events.

"It's a good chance to network and meet with other people," said Megan Cody, sales and event manager at Black Bear in Norwalk.

Michael Gedigk, president of USA Mobile Drug Testing, lined his display table with bottles of prescription drugs to illustrate his company's message of creating a drug-free workplace. Gedigk, who has an office in Stamford, works with business owners and human resources departments to conduct tests and bring awareness to the concept of a clean environment at work.

"Hopefully, people will find a service that they didn't know existed," Gedigk said.