NORTH HAVEN — Hundreds gathered to make business connections on Marvin Gardens, Boardwalk and Connecticut Avenue at an event called Quinnopoly.
The Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce held its annual business showcase on Thursday at the Best Western Plus, featuring about 60 vendors from North Haven, Wallingford and surrounding towns.
Many people commented on the success of the Monopoly theme, a holdover from last year. Wallingford sign company Image360 produced the decorations, signs and even special ceiling tiles and light fixtures based on the game board’s familiar art deco design.
“They did a phenomenal job,” said Dee Prior-Nesti, chamber executive director.
The event featured speed networking, scavenger hunt, a community chest drawing, “get out of jail” fundraiser for the Quinnipiac Business & Education Foundation for Scholarships, and “The Taste,” where half a dozen area restaurants served their signature food. New this year was a women and networking luncheon and Facebook advertising program.
While businesspeople had the opportunity to network with each other, the public had a chance to make connections with the many service industries, insurance companies, banks and schools.
Prior-Nesti said people who attended from outside the business community were encouraged to “use all of our local talent here, and there is so much of it.”
Rachael Keating, of the New Haven Middlesex Association of Realtors, said she came to experience the event for the first time.
“I love their theme and, so far, everybody’s been wonderful,” she said. “Our association hosts a trade show as well, so we’re trying to get some fresh ideas for vendors.”
One new exhibitor this year was Arbor Energy, a residential heating and cooling company in Cheshire. Sales representative Josh Greco said he wanted to promote the business outside of Cheshire. He also wanted to make connections and expand his network.
“I did meet a real estate agent already and her territory is my exact territory,” he said, adding that he hopes to establish a reciprocal working relationship since they both deal with residential properties.