Folsom business expo draws thousands

Local restaurants and professional businesses showcase their wares
By: Don Chaddock Telegraph Managing Editor
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Nearly 2,000 people attended the recent Folsom Connection, according to the Folsom Chamber of Commerce. Held Thursday, the event formerly known as BizExpo featured restaurants and professional business services at the Folsom Sports Complex. For Mindy Green, owner of Coffee Republic, it was a way to get information out about her business. “A lot of people don’t realize we’re also a bistro,” she said. “We also serve breakfast and lunch in addition to coffee.” She offered “flavor-profile” samples of some of her menu items. Connie Chan, owner of The Healing Station, offered free mini-massages. “(The expo) has been great,” she said. “In fact, business really picked up for us after the first of the year.” Marc Chan, her husband, agreed. “We’re busier and busier all the time,” he said. “We’re really blessed.” Brittany Somerville, day hostess for Scott’s Seafood in Folsom, said the response had been wonderful. The restaurant’s booth offered shrimp samples. “We’ve just had a great crowd coming through,” she said. “We’re offering discount coupons to people.” Kevin Gleave, of Folsom, said he enjoyed the expo. “I love it,” he said. “I get to see everyone I know (in) one place. It’s like hands-on coupon shopping.” Brian Martel, chairman of the board for the Folsom Chamber of Commerce, was pleased with the way things came together. “We’ve had a great turnout,” he said. “It’s much bigger than last year. It’s laid out much better.” Martel said the expo provides a boost in the economic arm of local businesses. “This is what Folsom needs,” he said. “It’s good to see people coming out in this economy.” Michael Pennock, sales administrative assistant for Elliott Homes, said their booth had been hopping. “We’ve had steady traffic,” he said. Elliott Homes marketing sales manager Rachel Newland said people had a lot of questions. “It’s been going well,” she said. “We have a lot of interest. We have the Palladio, Broadstone Marketplace and, of course, we’re selling homes.”