St. John’s Board of Trade event attracts 89 groups ready to network
There were first-timers and regular attendees on hand Thursday for a trade show in St. John’s aiming to help create business and discover new opportunities.
© — Photo by Andrew Robinson/The Telegram
There were 89 businesses and organizations occupying booths at the 2014 Business Development Summit trade show Thursday at the Delta Hotel and organized by St. John’s Board of Trade.
The St. John’s Board of Trade’s one-day Business Development Summit featured 89 businesses and organizations occupying booths spread throughout the main floor of the Delta Hotel. There were also a number of guest speakers making presentations throughout the day and panel discussions.
For Newfoundland and Labrador grocery store chain Colemans, Thursday’s appearance at the Business Development Summit was a first for the storied company.
“One of our mandates is we’re really involved and try to be involved in the community as much as possible,” said Melissa McPherson, district manager for the Avalon region. “We felt that this year we really wanted to get out and meet with the other local businesses and see what sort of services they are able to offer us and vice-versa.”
As a business specializing in food, Colemans is interested in catering opportunities at luncheons and breakfast meetings. It also recently launched an online shopping service and can deliver to businesses and homes.
Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette, a human resources consulting firm in Atlantic Canada, and its partner firm Meridia Contingency Recruitment have attended multiple Business Development Summit trade shows.
Its presence at such an event makes sense, given its work in the field of recruitment covers varied fields of employment, and many of the businesses and organizations it would hope to work with were represented at the trade show.
“We do all types of positions,” said Tiffany Walsh, a recruitment co-ordinator with Meridia. “We do engineers, administrative assistants. We’re super busy. Insurance, banking, whatever you can name. Whatever you need help with, we’ll help you.”
Walsh said its growth in Newfoundland and Labrador has been significant over the last two years, making it necessary to get a new office and hire more staff.
“All these companies who are involved in the Newfoundland business industry are so busy, which means we’re busy, because sometimes they have issues with trying to fill hard-to-fill positions. Whether it’s oil and gas, say for example a piping engineer, piping design ... our clients come to us and we’ll take it from there.”
For Walsh, the Business Development Summit is all about getting out there.
“In our business the main thing is to network. We network not only to get clients, but we also network to expand our horizons and meet some new candidates. You never know.”