This year, an estimated 3,500 people attended the event that featured over 130 local businesses featured. Once again, it was held at Terrace on the Park on 108th Street.
Attending for the first time was newly appointed president of the LIC Partnership, Elizabeth Lusskin.
“It was really great, tremendously exciting and I had a number of people tell me it was more crowded than they can remember,” she said. “People were really having a good time.”
The basis behind the trade show is to connect business and people throughout the Long Island City neighborhood.
“There was a nice cross section of what LIC has to offer,” said Lusskin. “The event features such a great diversity of businesses, from industrial to food and even banking.”
Lusskin said it shows LIC is more of a city and less of a neighborhood because of the amount of small businesses.
“I meet people all in one space that I would not see on a regular basis,” said Sheila Lewandowski, owner of the Chocolate Factory, a performance space. “I find other business for which I can buy products. I find it a win, win, win.”
Lewandowski has been attending the event for the past five years, and said that she has noticed the vendors and patrons at the event have change.
“The event has grown, but it has also evolved,” she said. “We have less manufacturing and a lot more small businesses.”
Leslie Nilsson was handing out brownies at the trade show to highlight her company, Sage General Store and Bartleby & Sage Catering.
“It’s a great way to see my neighborhood and all of my fellow business people,” she said. “I can also find out about services that I can use for my business.”