At the seventh annual event, businesses can promote their services to suppliers, consultants, residents and potential customers.
But the Somerset County Business Partnership is hoping its free, annual BizFest and Wellness Expo for both residents and businesses from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 21 at TD Bank Ballpark, will offer hope for a bright recovery.
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“While it’s a networking event, it’s also an opportunity to support these local businesses and get to know them,” said Melissa DeFreest, vice president of tourism and communication at the partnership. “These aren’t huge chains — they’re small and mid-sized businesses — and peoples’ support is more important this year than ever.”
“It’s a business expo, but you can have fun,” laughed DeFreest.
The largest networking event in Somerset County traditionally offers giveaways, door prizes, food samples, casual networking opportunities and interactive activities, which has included decorate-your-own cupcake and build-your-own potted plant sessions. This year’s highlights have not yet been confirmed.
The event, usually held at the Imperia in Franklin, will be outdoors for the first time because of COVID-19 precautions. Last year the event was virtual.
Seventy businesses will be socially distanced under the ballpark’s covered concourse in case of poor weather. About 400 to 500 attendees are expected, just slightly less than the usual 600 visitors. Masks are highly recommended even for vaccinated individuals.
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Some of the businesses and organizations at the event will include PNC Bank, Stumpy’s Hatchet House, Iron Peak Sports & Events, Quantum Wellness and the Somerset County Park Commission. In past years, exhibiting businesses have included accounting firms, personal and business coaches, information technology, mailing and printing services, financial planning, real estate, credit unions and banks, human resource and staffing services, health and senior services, payroll services, cleaning services, office furniture, banquet halls, children’s services, educational services, nonprofits and nonprofit support services, restaurants, retail and recreation services.
The event will also include a health screening “village” presented by the event’s major sponsor Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset. Attendees can receive free blood pressure screenings, flexibility tests and more, and consult with health professionals. As part of the wellness component, there also will be nutritious food products, food preparation demonstrations and healthy workplace information.
For more info visit scbp.org/bizfest. Jenna Intersimone has been a staff member at the USA Today Network New Jersey since 2014, after becoming a blogger-turned-reporter following the creation of her award-winning travel blog. To get unlimited access to her stories about food, drink and fun, please subscribe or activate your digital account today. Contact: JIntersimone@Gannett.com or @JIntersimone.
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