HARDYSTON, NJ – Crystal Springs Country Club provided an elegant setting for the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce Expo 2012, held on Tuesday, November 20.  Sprawled throughout the lobby and eight rooms, one hundred exhibitions, and exhibitors, were proudly displayed.

The area’s largest business trade show provided a venue for networking, shopping, job hunting, and referral for service providers available in Sussex County. Organized by the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce, this year marked the 20th anniversary of this event.

There was a great crowd from the time the doors opened, however, attendance dropped off a little earlier than usual. Some mused that the recent storm, and the rescheduling of the event may have been the culprit. For those lucky enough to attend, there was something for everyone, and the public and vendors alike agreed that it was a wholly worthwhile event.

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Exhibitors included contractors, plumbers, carpenters, tutors and literacy volunteers, restaurants, athletic clubs, theaters, artists, travel agencies, and social service organizations.  Each exhibit was professionally represented with beautiful displays and outstanding marketing materials. Networking from business to business, turned owners and employees into neighbors doing business together.

Sponsors of the event were: T.M. Brennan, St. Clare’s Hospital, Eastern Propane, Clear Channel  (WSUS and WNNJ), Newton Medical Center (Atlantic Health), Plymouth Rock Assurance, PNC Bank, Bentley Assisted Living, Compassionate Care Hospice, Thorlabs, The Sussex County Journal/Milford Journal,  College Hunks Hauling Junk & College Hunks Moving, and Atlantic Ambulance Corps.

 “This event is so timely, after the storm,” said Terri Trapp, Primerica Consultant who was visiting the Expo.  “It is just what our county needs, to come together on a personal level and re-establish working ties.”

Trapp runs a financial consulting business with her husband, Mark.

Chris DiMauro, a recent graduate and freelance graphic artist used the event to network for future business. 

“I know there is no soliciting,” he told The Alternative Press. “But I plan to meet and network with companies who may need my services.”

Rob Hauck from Sterling Hill Mining Museum, of Ogdensburg, discussed the mine’s abundantly rich educational opportunities, and gave out samples of its world famous fluorescent rocks. 

The Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council, the New Sussex Symphony, Newton Theatre, Stanhope House, Sussex County Community College and the Tri-State Actors Theater offered delightful venues for entertainment.   Andre’s Restaurant , Down to the Bone BBQ, and Crystal Springs itself offered fine dining.

One could meet and speak to executives from many social service organizations, including Project Self Sufficiency, Ginnie’s House, DYFS, Easter Seals, Children’s Therapy Center of North Jersey, and SCARC, Inc., all of whom were eager to listen and answer questions.

There were insurance brokers, mortgage brokers, lawyers, accountants, doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, personal trainers, gyms, veterinarians, and many banks, including Sussex Bank, Lakeland Bank, and Valley National Bank.

Health care is improving in the county, according to experts that were in attendance. St. Clare’s Visiting Nurse Association explained they can provide nursing care, physical therapy and other licensed support services, as well as Life Line for anyone in Sussex, Morris, Warren and Passaic counties. They also run an Alzheimer’s Support Group for Caregivers at 191 Woodport Road in Sparta on the third Wednesday of the month from 7-9pm. 

Lee Scott, Support Services Manager said, “Since we are Catholic, we also hold a coat drive, and food drive to provide for the needy.”

Atlantic Ambulance provides transportation for patients switching facilities, but also maintains an EMS 3 Unit, which is designed to handle EMS calls, and at times will back up our local volunteer ambulance squads if they are unable to respond to a call. They also have a medical helicopter in Vernon and Netcong to medivac severly injured patients to trauma centers.

Staff of the Sussex County Sheriff’s Crime Stoppers Unit want to alert the public.  Richard Bunce, Chairman said, “We have a toll free, anonymous phone number for people to call to report crime or potential crime.  It has been very successful in helping us fight crime in Sussex County. We offer rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of criminals.”  This is a non-profit corporation funded solely by contributions from businesses and individuals.

For a full list of exhibitors that attended, click here

This gala event was open to the public with free admission, free parking, and free hors d’oeuvres.


Editor's Note: TheAlternativePress.com's The Alternative Press of Sussex County was one of the participating exhibitors.

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