The Bensalem Business Association (BBA), a non-profit organization aimed at promoting Bensalem businesses, held its first annual expo on Saturday, April 21 at .
BBA President Pondeli Hajioannou called the expo a big success.
He explained that he expected about 20 businesses to reserve tables at the expo, but ended up with about 40 businesses.
“What do you call an event that you planned and had 100 percent more activity than you expected?” he asked.
Being the group’s first such event Hajioannou said they just “wanted to get their feet wet.” He wasn’t sure what to expect, but in the end he was pleased.
He said hundreds of individuals attended the event and learned what local businesses have to offer. The expo was also a great place for business owners to interact, Hajioannou said noting that many businesses networked and exchanged business cards.
Hajioannou was also happy to have the BBA solidified as a business organization in the township.
He said and state Sen. Tommy Tomlinson held a ribbon-cutting event to begin the expo. The BBA presented DiGirolamo with an anti-littering street sign for all his support for the business community.
“The mayor doesn’t have to help us with anything,” Hajioannou said. “But he’s always been a great supporter and has agreed to always speak at our January meetings.”
DiGirolamo didn't just leave after the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Hajioannou said.
“The mayor stayed for quite a while and interacted with the all of the business owners,” he said.
Jason Mukai, Beneficial Bank manager and BBA board member, was also happy with the expo.
“I thought the Bensalem Business Association Expo really came together. The community had the chance to get familiar with 40 local businesses. Consumers and business owners alike had the chance to see what each business showcased at their table,” he said.
"It was really nice seeing the Mayor and Senator there to help kickoff and support the local association. I thought it was great that the association showed it's appreciation by giving the Mayor a sign that could be displayed anywhere in Bensalem to help eliminate littering. This has the potential to grow every year and for the first Expo, I think Pondeli Hajioannou did a nice job putting it together.”
The businesses that participated in the expo included:
- Bensalem Business Association
- Sam’s Club Franklin Mills
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- Rick’s Expert Tree Service
- TD Bank (Woodhaven Branch)
- Atlantic Paving
- Knights Road Pharmacy
- Home Starr Real Estate
- A.B.S. Auto Glass
- Scream Graphixs
- Autocrafters CARSTAR Collision
The BBA was created by local business owners who recognize that working together would only increase their networking options and their potential business growth.
For more information, visit the BBA’s website.