Businesses, customers connect at expo

By: Margaret Snider Telegraph Correspondent
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Lots of food and giveaways marked the Connections 2011 business expo put on by the Folsom Chamber of Commerce at the Folsom Sports Complex on Thursday, March 10. According to Diann Rogers, the event manager, this was the event’s eighth year and the third year at this location. “This is a fabulous site. It’s a city property,” said Rogers. “It’s a great opportunity to highlight the building … for the community and the business community.” Background music was provided by Perfect Sounds. Pizza Guys prepared their pizzas fresh in their mobile truck out front and carried trays of pizza throughout the event, increasing the party atmosphere. Folsom Auto Mall brought in cars which were on display in the central area. Vendor booths gave away a variety of food, information, party favors and samples. Ruchi Indian Cuisine offered a varied sampling of their menu. “This is our mango mousse,” said Manager Rao Madi, pointing it out. “It is our very favorite dessert in the restaurant made out of fresh mango pulp, imported from India, and a little bit of cream in it.” A little hands-on evaluation and therapy was also available. Finnell Chiropractic Group brought along portable scan equipment for a general check for spine and nervous system problems that might stand out. Junk King, a full-service junk removal hauling business, had their truck on view in front and a booth inside. They haul away everything except hazardous waste, and they recycle or donate as much as possible. Director of Business Development Don Ross said he recalls one particular job that was a bit different. “A person had fallen over in her pile of stuff and laid there for several days,” said Ross. “Fortunately for her there was food all over the place so she was able to survive, literally, and then they missed her at work after a couple of days and someone went to check it out and found her.” Later the family called Junk King to help clean out the whole house. Visitors to Connections 2011 had good things to say. “I’ve talked to a lot of people and I’m having more fun this year than I had last year,” said Sadie Chambers. “I’m finding out all kinds of info about Folsom.” Attendee Lillian Dow thought the event was even better than last year. “Maybe it’s the food,” said Dow. “It’s very good. The macaroni and cheese (from Beth Sogaard Catering) is especially good. They have asparagus on it or bacon.” Vendors also expressed their satisfaction. “A lot of people asking questions, some people having interactions, so that’s good,” said Mikhail Trubchik, senior banker at Tri Counties Bank. “Lots of businesses here.” The Folsom Chamber of Commerce, for the first time, was Twittering throughout the event to draw interest and inform people what was happening. “It’s been fun,” said Nancy Pryor, with the chamber. “We’ve had a large response.”