NORTH HAVEN — Maria Philips, director of marketing and sales for WQUN radio, was one of many vendors trumpeting games of chance and prizes at booths Thursday during the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Showcase.
”You buy in with a business card, get a chip and receive a wonderful tchotchke,” Philips said. “We have pop open cans of hand sanitizer and spring green mugs.”
About 50 vendors set up shop in large room at Best Western in North Haven to entice new customers with dice games, roulette wheels, and poker chips for free giveaways. This year’s event had a casino theme as a way to get people to interact, laugh, compete, and the ultimate goal — swap business cards.
Kevin O’Rourke, of Fish Window Cleaning in Wallingford, set up a booth with some giveaways and a bowl of Swedish Fish to attract more residential and commercial customers.
“Almost anyone here can be one of my customers,” O’Rourke said. “You want some Swedish Fish?”
Vendors represented a wide variety of businesses and services. Members of First Connecticut Federal Credit Union collected business cards. Visitors to SSC Background Screening and investigations rolled two big dice for prizes. There were representatives from local health care facilities, Workforce Alliance, local non-profits and government agencies and universities.
“We’re here to meet some great local businesses and have a chance to network,” said Mary Beth Marteno.
There were scavenger hunts, roulette, a horse race game, speed networking, and food from local restaurants. Grand prizes included a trip to Foxwoods Resort Casino, a large television and more.
“We always try to do some kind of fun theme to make it interactive,” said Dee Pryor, executive director of the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce.