Carrie Kingery has lived in Windsor for eight years but had never attended the Windsor Business Expo and Trade Show.
Sponsored by the Windsor Chamber of Commerce and the Windsor Parks, Recreation and Culture Department, the ninth annual expo at the Windsor Community Recreation Center attracted more than 100 local business vendors and a whole lot of Windsor residents Tuesday.
Kingery brought her two children — Mason, 3, and 8-month-old Jake — to the expo so they could look at the fire trucks and police cars in the Touch A Truck exhibit.
“I’m impressed,” Kingery said. “I like that there’s some stuff for the kids and all the Windsor businesses that you can check out. You don’t realize how many are here really. I think that was the most surprising.”
The expo is an opportunity for businesses to showcase their products and services, and it’s turned into a family friendly, community oriented event with free food and prize packages.
“We just love to have the community get to know the businesses,” said Connie Rutz of the Chamber.
Brady Stumpf, president of Red Dog Signs & Wraps, 1333 Fairfield Ave., has been setting up at the expo for the four years he’s been in business.
“We’ve done great here at the expo. Within 10 minutes of opening today, we already sold a vehicle wrap for a radio station, and we’ve gotten plenty more questions on personal graphics on cars,” Stumpf said. “It’s been great. Every year, it’s been successful for us.”
Stumpf said the expo is a way to show off what Windsor has to offer to residents.
“There is a ton of businesses out there, and getting to know the businesses in town and shopping locally instead of going outside of town, a lot of it can be done right here, and I don’t think people realize that,” he said. “This is a good opportunity to show them that. It’s great to get the knowledge out there that we’re local.”
Amanda Phelps, a financial service professional with New York Life, 9351 Eastman Park Drive, Suite A, never attended the expo before.
“I love it. I think it’s a great way to introduce ourselves to our community and let them know that we’re here,” said Phelps, who has worked in Windsor for two years. “It’s an excellent resource for people that are new in town. A lot of us can benefit from each other’s services and would not have introduced each other if we hadn’t been face to face at something like this.”
Tye Chadwick, owner of LightenUp Electric and Plumbing, 671 Academy Court, Unit D, said the expo is an opportunity to meet potential customers.
“All they see is us driving around, and they never get a chance to meet us,” said Chadwick, a new member of the chamber’s board of directors. “We’re not out to gain a lot of customers right now. We’re letting people know who we are. Hopefully they’ll recognize the logos, the banners that’s the same on our trucks. So, hopefully, when they go to the phone book they remember us and will call us at that point.”
Jackie Compton, owner of Compton Accounting, 1555 Main St., Suite A3, said she was able to get several leads at the expo.
“I probably have four or five warm leads where they really need an accountant, and I got probably another five that have given me their cards so I’ll wind up following up with them,” said Compton, who has been in business for one month. “It’s been beneficial because if I get one client it kind of pays for itself. This helps you have a business presence so there’s definitely businesses you can talk to, but it’s also being part of the community.”