PHOTO GALLERY: Business Expo quieter than usual

Fewer vendors were on hand, but there was still plenty of networking

Fewer vendors than last year were on hand to tout their goods and services at the annual Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, held April 9 at the Marco Island Marriott Resort and Spa .

Just 40 vendors manned tables, as opposed to 60 in 2008, but Chamber Executive Director Sandi Riedemann said the crowd turnout — about 400 — during the evening was satisfactory.

“It’s a sign of the times,” Riedemann said of the lower vendor turnout.

First-time exhibitor Sherri Madeiros of See Thru Window Cleaning was nevertheless happy about parting with her booth fee of around $340.

“It’s my first time marketing, because I’m interested in a little more exposure even though I’m quite busy at the moment,” she said.

Medeiros said she’d done a fair amount of networking during the evening, including bumping into repeat customers and giving out 250 pens with logos.

Laura Tabone of Avow Hospice also saw value in the exposure at the expo.

“It’s a nice way of getting the message out,” she said. “It’s also about meeting people and sharing a fun evening.”

Riedemann said the natural hope was that next year’s expo would once again become a sell-out affair.

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