Business people know the power of networking; the power of connecting face-to-face with potential clients, partners, and mentors. While the Miller Center at the Middle Country Public Library has been offering virtual networking for the business community since the pandemic began, nothing beats connecting face to face. Which is why they are excited to be hosting Strictly Business: Back to Business outdoors and in person on Tuesday, June 8.
Sal DiVincenzo of the Miller Business Center acknowledges the struggles of the local small business community. “Networking is the lifeblood of small businesses. The opportunity to personally interact with potential customers is something every salesperson knows is fundamental to building business and relationships. The pandemic literally put barriers between customers and businesses.”
The Director of the library, Sophia Serlis-McPhillips continued this sentiment. “The mission of the library’s Miller Business Center has always been to promote economic development on Long Island. This mission has been continuing virtually for more than a year. We are happy to bring business owners and professionals together again at the in-person Strictly Business.”
An initiative of the Middle Country Library Foundation and held in partnership with the Greater Middle Country Chamber of Commerce and the Brookhaven Chambers of Commerce Coalition (BCCC), Strictly Business is a vehicle to promote economic development and encourage chamber of commerce participation in Brookhaven and the surrounding areas.
“More than ten years ago the BCCC wanted to give back more to the small businesses they represented in the Town of Brookhaven. With this initiative, they collaborated with the Miller Business Center to create Strictly Business. Over time this annual event has grown with more vendors and networking opportunities for our business partners,” says Barbara Ransome, BCCC President.
Participants missed having this opportunity last year and response to the announcement of an in-person event has been overwhelmingly positive. Many of the businesses that signed up to exhibit in 2020 were eager to be a part of the event and there is even a waitlist to exhibit.
Lenore Paprocky, president of the Greater Middle Country Chamber of Commerce noted, “I know a lot of business owners are excited about meeting in person.” She continued that they are looking most forward to “re-connecting and networking with other local businesses and the community.”
Attendees to this free event will have the opportunity to meet and network with 50 exhibitors made up of a wide-array of local businesses and entrepreneurs. While primarily a business-to-business networking opportunity, the community is encouraged to attend and shop local as a way to support the small business community. There will be photo ops throughout the day and a chance to win a raffle prize.
“The BCCC is grateful to support the Miller Center, that acts as an essential resource for our most important commodity … small businesses,” said Ransome.
Discover local businesses at the Strictly Business: Back to Business event at the Middle Country Public Library, 101 Eastwood Blvd, Centereach on June 8 (rain date June 15) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For further information, call 631-585-9393
Synergy Wealth Strategies
Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP
Holiday Inn Express – Stony Brook
SafeGuard Print & Promo
Times Beacon Record News Media
Anchor Business Group, LLC
Bay Harbour Insurance Agency
Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Co.
Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce Coalition
Burner Law Group, P.C.
Caring People Home Health Care
CBMS Consulting Services
Central Staff Services
Conference Associates Inc.
Emics Elder Care
Greater Middle Country Chamber of Commerce
Independent Business Women’s Circle
Insight Healing and Wellness
LeTip Port Jefferson
LI Tech Advisors
Lisa Albinowski, Realtor, Coldwell Banker
Manantial Cleaning Services, Inc.
Miller Business Center
My Mom Knows Best, Inc.
North Isle Wellness Center of Hope
OB Davis Funeral Home
People’s Alliance Federal Credit Union
Pete Marcano – New York Life
Rocket Juiced Studio
Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce
Soundview Pregnancy Services
Stay Clean Long Island
Suffolk County Women’s Business Enterprise Coalition
Synack Technology Services, Inc.
TAB – The Alternative Board
The Bristal Assisted Living
Three Village Chamber of Commerce
Times Beacon Record News Media