WINTHROP - The popular wine slushies were being slurped as a bevy of representatives from various St. Lawrence County businesses mingled and socialized Thursday evening at the High Peaks Winery in Winthrop.
The vineyard is a part of the new St. Lawrence County Wine Trail and hosted the County Chamber’s August networking event this week, “Business, In the Spotlight.”
“We spotlight member businesses really to just help get the word out to those in attendance about what businesses are in this area. The prerequisite is that you have to be a chamber member to be spotlighted and tonight we are spotlighting six member businesses,” St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Events and Promotions Manager Jo Ann Roberts said. “Some business will host (the event) and then we’ll invite other businesses to be spotlighted as well.”
This week’s event featured presentations by High Peaks Winery staff, as well as representatives of Northern Empire State Chapter of the Antique Truck Club of America, Suzanne Casaday of Avon, Cornerstone Services, Jellybean’s Riverside Campgrounds and MLS Direct Network of NNY.
The evening included food, refreshments, door prizes and a 50/50 raffle.
“We like to give member businesses the opportunity to showcase their business. It is done with the intent to showcase also what is in this area for other businesses or people that are in attendance to know about other businesses,” Ms. Roberts said. “It’s also just to further promote the chamber and what we try to do for businesses.”
Cornerstone Services President D.J. Colbert said that his business has been a member of the chamber of commerce for many years and looks forward to the various networking events.
“The best thing about the event is the people that we get to see that we don’t get to see every day. What we hope to get out of it is to build a better sense of relation and community here in the north country,” Mr. Colbert said.
St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Brooke Rouse said that future networking events for the group include a spotlight of their business in Canton on Sept. 23, as well as an event at Kaneb Orchards in Massena in October.
Jellybean’s Riverside Campgrounds Co-Director Rose-Marie Burnham said her business has participated in a few of the chamber’s networking events in the past and enjoys interacting with the different attendees.
“I get a lot of information and see what people are looking for when they come to the campgrounds,” Ms. Burnham said.