Since 1982, EWVIDCO has historically helped woodwork organizations, metal workers and small food and artisanal manufacturers with financing, assessing incentives and locate real estate.
“We also serve as their voice with elected officials and deal with government agencies also,” said Adam Cloud, a business service manager at EWVIDCO. “We try to find out what their needs are at the time and try to help them with the best financing to focus on their needs.”
Cloud explained that EWVIDCO utilizes their contact list to help businesses focus more on productivity and less on the monotonous backend work.
“We really kind of serve as a spoke to the wheel and really connect people with different service providers and different contacts with government agencies to really remove all obstacles from them being able to grow their businesses,” he said.
Leah Archibald, executive director of EWVIDCO, has been with the company since 2007.
“Businesses of all stripes and all sizes really love free beer,” Archibald quipped about the mixer.
Underwritten by the Brooklyn Brewery and Wonton Foods, the EWVIDCO Spring Mixer is for businesses to get together and socialize.
“People need other people and they don’t necessarily come here to buy things from each other,” she said. “There are different industries; it’s garment manufacturing or candy manufacturing and they don’t necessarily have anything in common. But it’s good for them to get together because they face a lot of similar challenges.”
Jesse Viola of APM Shipping Services, a wooden pallet manufacturer and recycler and distributor of industrial package materials, came in from his headquarters in Long Island to make connections with the neighborhood.
“We have a lot of customers here, so we are just out here trying to meet more people and see if we can get some more work,” Viola said. “We have been talking with the Brooklyn Brewery as a possible customer.”
Although Viola has been to a number of mixers in the past, this was his first with EWVIDCO.
“Everybody comes to these things for the same reason,” he said. “Everybody is looking to see where they can open doors and new opportunities.”