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Business Expo At Hilton Westchester Attracts 2,000

Grant Grastorf, academic operations administrator for Fordham University's campus in Harrison talks to a prospective student. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Former Mets star pitcher Doc Gooden, show with Daily Voice Director of Sales Kathy DeSilva, attended the Expo. Photo Credit: Alyssa Atzeff
Cutting the ribbon at Wednesday's Westchester Business Expo were, from left, Brandon Steiner, Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett, retired baseball star Dwight Gooden and Marsha Gordon, president of the Westchester Business Council. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Kate Kinderwater, Jenna Boyce and Meridith Bach of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship.
Michael Murphy, right, of Murphy Brothers Contracting was giving away flowers. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
A variety of food samples was handed out Wednesday by the White House at Briarcliff Manor. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
From left, Buzz Creators President Christina Rae with staffers Nicole Ciminera, Lara Sullivan and Daniella DiMartino. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Tammy Teresa at Rand Realty's exhibit at the Hilton Westchester on Thursday. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Clancy Brothers Relocation and Logistics at their Business Expo booth. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
From left, Westchester County Economic Development Director Bill Mooney, Business Council CEO Marsha Gordon, ArtsWestchester Development Director Mary Kate O'Keefe and Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Corporate Fuzion gave away wooden back scratchers to anyone who left a business card. "We'll scratch your back if you scratch ours,'' they said. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
Staff from the Hilton Westchester handed out slices of wedding cake as well as pastries to hundreds of Business Expo visitors. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
Daily Voice also staffed an exhibit at Wednesday's Business Expo in Rye Brook. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

RYE BROOK, N.Y. -- More than 2,000 businesspeople from across Westchester, the Hudson Valley and Long Island attended Wednesday's Business Expo at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook.

More than 180 companies and nonprofit groups offered sales pitches and gave away plenty of promotional merchandise, from pens and water bottles to keychains and back scratchers.

It marks the 13th year the expo was sponsored by the Business Council of Westchester.

Exhibitors included banks, law firms, tax accountants, nursing homes, marketing and design firms, contractors, restaurants, security companies, the Westchester Knicks and Daily Voice.

The White House at Briarcliff Manor was one of the banquet facilities handing out food samples; the Hilton Westchester's wedding staff gave away pastries and cake. Corporate Fuzion of New Rochelle gave away wooden back scratchers.

Several vendors collected business cards for raffles, which included tickets to the KPMG Women's PGA golf tournament June 9-14 at Westchester Country Club.

Some exhibitors used the expo as an opportunity to grow their business within Westchester. Kevin McErlaine of Briscoe Protective Systems , for example, said a new law requiring many White Plains businesses to install surveillance cameras has prompted Briscoe to offer specials on security equipment.

Brandon Steiner of Scarsdale, founder and CEO of Steiner Sports Marketing & Memorabilia , was this year's keynote speaker, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Considered a sports marketing guru, Steiner started his company with just $4,000 and an intern back in 1987. Today, Steiner Sports has more than 100 employees and brings in $50 million a year in sales.

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