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By JENNIFER JONES
“With the economy being tight, the dollars aren’t there like they used to be. Everyone with a ladder and a pickup truck is now a roofer,” says Paul Robb, a roofing consultant for Hy-Grade Roofing, in Guelph, Ont.
For the average businessman or woman, the economy has taken its toll, causing profits to minimalize and many businesses to downgrade.
Tradeshows have become a great way to spike business interest.
“It’s a combination of networking and goodwill and trying to get some business out of it. They [trade shows] are handy that way – they’re a definite tool,” says Robb, adding that one would be “crazy” not to take advantage of it. He has attended multiple tradeshows in his time.
On Sept. 20, the Greater Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce’s annual tradeshow attracted a wide variety of businesses from throughout the Niagara region and southwestern Ontario. More than 50 vendors set up displays for the five-hour event at the Fort Erie Leisureplex.
Monique Gibson, of Simplistic Linens from Port Colborne, says she has noticed that there’s been a change in business due to the economy and many more people are having smaller weddings.
Gibson says she’s been to many bridal shows to try and get her name out there, but finds that tradeshows tend to work better to her advantage. At the end of the day, people remember her business.
She says she’s from Port Colborne, but the Greater Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce seemed like the best option.
“Everyone for the Chamber is fabulous,” says Gibson. “They have a lot of big events going on, they’ve got a lot of really good connections and they utilize their group really well. It’s a really good tool to have – they’ve been amazing.”
Whether you’re a business owner, an employee or a consumer looking to see what new businesses there are, trade shows and other events being held within the community are an efficient way to meet people.
There are eight Chambers of Commerce throughout the Niagara region and each one offers a unique way of helping business owners, whether it be resourcing, networking or simply being there to answer questions.
“They’re very helpful, very kind.
“I found it very familiar. They treat you like you’re a family member. I’m not a number,” says Linda Lingaitis, of Pig Out Roasters from Fort Erie.