New England Business Xpo
Yesterday was an awesome day up at the Boston Convention Center at the New England Business Xpo in Boston. We had a booth and met with thousands of people it was an incredible day. We are laying the foundation to taking my radio show national as well as my seminars and being able to meet with so many decision makers in the Boston market was great.
New England Cable News featured me in one of their segments last night.
Click below to check out the interview with me.
(NECN: Peter Howe, Boston) In just its second year, the New England XpoFor Business is already ranking as the region's biggest one-day businessgathering, with thousands gathering Tuesday at the Boston Conventionand Exhibition Center to buy and sell everything from brand-promotiontchotchkes and computer services to deluxe bus rides and dog training.
"I've been able to meet people and actually connect with some peoplethat were able to work together, so it was a worthwhile day to comeout,'' said Wendy Pease, who owns a Sudbury, Mass., translation businesscalled Rapport International. She was among thousands of Boston-areapeople schmoozing and cruising the 300-display show floor -- at timesmore of them seeming to be sellers than buyers.
"There's been alot of people that have come through our booth and we're hoping that alot of this turns into business,'' said Paul Shiff of Hub Tech, anEaston, Mass., information-technology consulting firm. "That's why we'rehere.''
The show floor featured a range of vehicles all the wayfrom a double-decker 81-seat Dattco deluxe motor coach to mid-sizedluxury vans to a SmartCar that DGI Invisuals was in the process ofturning into a rolling advertisement. DGI Invisuals has covered cars,trucks, and even three Amtrak railroad coaches with rollingadvertisements. DGI vice president Robert Bekesha said covering a van orsmall truck usually costs around $3,000 to $4,000, and theadvertisement, made by 3M Corp., can last up to five years.
Asyou might expect from an event that sprawled over nearly three acres ofthe BCEC floor, there was no shortage of goods and services that peoplewere trying to sell you -- and, even, your dog. Jeff Gelman ofSolidK9Training.com in Providence and his German Shephard, Uma, were onthe floor.
"Trade shows are one of the best ways we can dobusiness,'' Gelman said. Based on national averages, he said he expected''62 percent of the people own a dog here. So even if the place wasdead here, we'd do really well, but after just 15 minutes here thismorning, we saw that the energy was great and this was going to be anexcellent place to be.''
Among one of Jeff's specialties istraining dogs to be what you might call "work-broken."
"A lot ofpeople can't bring their dogs to the office because it doesn't actaccordingly. It barks too much. It bites. It soils. It doesn't shutup,'' Gelman said. The "good example" -- Uma, who was contentedlyletting show visitors pat her head and later dozing on the floor. "Ifyou're you're at work,'' Gelman said, "your dog should be doing a lot ofthis, which is: nothing.''
Xpo for Business: A place you cansell everything. Including, with a placid dog like Uma who'll sleepunder your office desk, the value of … nothing.
With videographerChristopher Garvin