March 30, 2012
Businesses on display
28th annual Business Showcase this weekend
CORTLANDVILLE — In a switch from previous years, retailers will be selling their products at the annual Cortland County Chamber of Commerce Business showcase this weekend.
Over 60 local businesses will gather to promote their companies and their products.
A special preview party for chamber members is 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight. The public showcase is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex in Cortlandville. There is an admission charge and children under 12 get in free.
Cortland County Chamber of Commerce Director Bob Haight said the change to allow sales at the showcase was made to encourage retailers to participate, Haight said.
“It’s a tough choice for them because a lot of them are open on Saturdays,” he said. “This will allow them to sell in both locations.”
Though the number of participants has varied over the years, numbers are up this year, Haight said.
“Our numbers generally followed the economy over the past few years,” he said. “It’s a fairly small increase this year but I think increased participation says good things about our local economy.”
Even for companies who are not selling products, the showcase is a chance to reach out to the community, Haight said.
“Pall Corp., one of our largest manufacturers, has a booth,” he said. “They don’t sell any products but it lets them show people they’re out there.”
In the past some companies, such as Marietta, have hired new employees at the showcase, Haight said.
Not only is the showcase a way to show off a business, it is also an excellent networking opportunity.
One first-time participant looking to take advantage of that will be D&B Sportswear, a screen printing and embroidery company.
Co-owners Mike Dugan and Zach Manuel opened up shop in Cortland at 12 Franklin St. in July 2011.
Most of their business is online so the showcase will be an opportunity to drum up some local business, Dugan said.
“This is really the first time we’ll be getting out there locally,” he said. “We joined the Chamber in November and we’re looking to network with some local businesses.”
As part of their display, Dugan and Manuel will be raffling off a pair New Balance shoes, 25 t-shirts and Warrior lacrosse helmet.
There will be three demonstrations on Saturday. Bailey’s Karate will put on a demonstration at noon. Dan the Snake Man will have two shows, one at 10:30 a.m. and the second at 1:30 p.m. There will also be a Jazzercise demonstration at 2:15 p.m.
The Cortland Standard is among the companies that will have a booth at the event.
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