• TX Bank sponsors ‘Mini-Expo’ mixer
    September 30,2013

    The annual “Mini-Expo” held at the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce enables nearly two dozen businesses and organizations to display literature and products while building business-to-business relationships. TD Bank is presenting this year’s expo and mixer on Thursday, Oct. 17.

    Building stronger relationships with its business customers is a key goal of TD Bank, according to Shane Mispel, manager of the bank’s Barre branch. “We want to support the area’s small business community, and this is a great forum for doing so,” Mispel said.

    “Our employees and our business depend on the local economy and community. Bringing local businesses and entrepreneurs together to get better acquainted is a good way to keep more money in the community,” he added.

    Mispel said the bank also recognizes the important role of nonprofits in the community. “Our affinity program allows customers to designate account credit to eligible nonprofits. Then the nonprofit receives an annual gift based on the accounts affiliated with it.”

    “All our mixers are centered on networking,” said Chamber Board Chairwoman Susan Kruthers, “but this one adds a visual component that many others can’t.” She noted that it’s a very comfortable venue for newcomers to “expositions.” Such events build bonds among exhibitors as well as between exhibitors and visitors.

    Early registration includes businesses as small as sole proprietorships and as large as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont. Bolduc Metal Recycling and the Central Vermont Humane Society, co-sponsors of the August mixer, are slated to participate.

    “We’re excited about the response and encourage those interested in exhibiting to reserve space as soon as possible,” said Carole Hass of the Chamber staff. Mixer attendance is $10 per person, and there is no additional charge for exhibitors, Hass explained.

    The mixer and mini-expo will begin at 5 p.m., and exhibitors are asked to arrive an hour prior. It concludes at 7 p.m.

    The Chamber will provide refreshments, and exhibitors will provide several door prizes. The public is welcome, and reservations can be made by calling the Chamber office at 229-5711 or by email to cvchamber@aol.com.

    George Malek is executive director of the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce.

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