Vendor Expo attracts 37 businesses
Brian Maite (left) owner of "MJ Electrical Supply" shows Elmwood Park resident Bill Howard a new LED home lighting that his company sells during the Elmwood Park Neighborhood Civic Organizations Vendor Expo at Zoar Lutheran Church on March 31. | Michael J
Updated: September 5, 2012 1:35PM
Local businesses showed off their wares at a recent Elmwood Park business expo.
The Vendor Expo, held March 31 at Zoar Lutheran Church, highlighted the village’s various businesses, especially those that are home-based.
The expo was sponsored by the Elmwood Park Neighborhood Civic Organization.
“We had over 37 vendors,” said John Medina, vice president of EPNCO. “It was better than we thought it would be.”
Businesses in attendance at the event varied from local bakeries to people who made their own crafts for sale.
Children had activities while the adults looked around.
“We had a kid station,” Medina said. “We had free toys and coloring books and face painting.”
Nancy Ciecko of Elmwood Park said her home-based business benefited from the event.
She has sold products from Pampered Chef for the past 10 years. The company is a direct seller of kitchen products from cutlery to baking dishes, brought in by local sales representatives like Ciecko, who do home shows, kitchen parties and solicits orders.
“I thought it was very helpful as a vendor to let people know that Pampered Chef was available,” she said. “I got some good referrals to put on some interesting shows and I got orders placed at the events.”
“It was very positive to see the community come and support this event,” said Anthony Del Santo, president of EPNCO. “We look forward to doing more events for the community.”
Medina said the group may hold another expo.
“We’re hoping to have another one by the end of the year,” he said. “The vendors asked for it.”