James Cullen of All-Ways Elevator said that his business views the trade show as a way to help business expand in Long Island City. Even a business as specific as his, which inspects, maintains and installs elevator, can find someone interested in their services. It was Cullen’s first trade show hosted by the LIC Partnership, and he said he was impressed with the turnout.
“We've met some key players,” Cullen said, referring to the real estate and property management companies he met at the event.
Cullen said he would not only think about attending the annual trade show again, but look into taking part in other networking events set up by the LIC Partnership.
Attending the event and walking the floor was Lourdes Hernandez-Cordero, associate director of community partnerships for City Harvest. Cordero said her organization is launching a program in Queens and decided to use the event as a way to get the word out and make partnerships.
“When you go into a new neighborhood you want to know who the potential partners you will collaborate with area,” she said, “you just want to get a lay of the land.”
Cordero said she met several Long Island City businesses interested in working with City Harvest.
“I think it's a really good mix of organizations that serve businesses, but also businesses themselves,” she said of the trade show. “It's a good mix of getting to know partners on the ground and the folks that support the partners on the ground.”
Dan Miner, senior vice president for LIC Partnership, said that attracting this mix was businesses as usual. “
Even someone who's not familiar with the community would notice a very wide range,” he said. “We had a company that sells industrial bolts and entrepreneurial food start-ups manufactures making new food products.”
When asked how important a mix of businesses is to an event such as this, Miner said it was critical.
“That kind of diversity provides the excitement or novelty of the event as a whole for anyone walking though,” he said.
The partnership's trade show has a long history.
“We see it as a way to bringing together many Long Island City business and businesses throughout Queens,” Miner said. “It’s been a stable tradition for us for many years, and we hope it has lead to many happy customers.