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Dunwoody, Sandy Springs provide networking opportunity with business expo
by Bridgette Bonner
bbonner@neighbornewspapers.com
May 08, 2013 11:05 AM | 1865 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Janet Horvath, left, talks with Dan Ellithorp and Susan Jones at the Perimeter Expo.
Janet Horvath, left, talks with Dan Ellithorp and Susan Jones at the Perimeter Expo.
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While Sandy Springs and Dunwoody have a bit of a sibling rivalry, the cities have learned that coming together for a business expo is more beneficial than having separate events.

The combined efforts of the Sandy Springs/Perimeter and Dunwoody chambers of commerce have made the Greater Perimeter Business Expo the largest in metro Atlanta, showcasing about 75 businesses and drawing in nearly 1,000 attendees.

It was the second year for the combination business expo, and participants said last year’s event produced more clients than in the past.

“It’s good for the businesses in the area because a lot of them market to both Sandy Springs and Dunwoody,” said Debbie Fuse, executive director of the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce.

The expo, which was from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Atlanta, included various sectors of the business community. Representatives from news outlets, colleges, service clubs, insurance companies, retailers, banks, healthcare, real estate, law offices and more lined the lobby of the hotel.

“We don’t want all of one thing,” Fuse said. “It’s a strong mix to showcase businesses to other businesses.”

Two-time exhibitors Nic Dodson and Taylor Bennett, from Comcast Spotlight, said the expo was a great way to connect with small and medium businesses and let them know how Comcast can help.

“We end up with great new contacts and good leads,” Dodson said. “It’s always beneficial.”

The competitors, Digitel Corporation, have attended the expo for multiple years, both as a Dunwoody-only event and after the event merged with Sandy Springs. The company also services small to medium businesses with “any kind of IT,” according to Nick Spooner, account executive. The group makes businesses able to market themselves, account executive Matt Perkins said.

“We make all the communications outlets in your office work,” Perkins said.

Accounts Manager Bruce Northrop said Digitel has gotten a good bit of business from participating in the annual expo. He has also been able to learn about other businesses, he said.

Representatives from Piedmont Physicians took the expo as an opportunity to let the public know about the various types of care available through the Piedmont hospitals and clinics.

“We range from cancer to urology to cardio,” said Lacey Smith, of Piedmont. “Every time we can let the community know of our facilities, it proves beneficial.”

Piedmont exhibitors Ericca Colbert and Steven Jinkins were new to the expo, but said they could already see the benefits.

Attendees took a lunch break with speakers from both city governments, the chambers and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who gave an inspirational speech about becoming successful in careers despite less than perfect upbringings.
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