The HIA-LI 32nd Annual Trade Show and Conference, Long Island’s largest business-to-business trade show, takes place on Wednesday, October 7 and Thursday, October 8 between 9:00am and midnight on both days. The virtual event provides ideal opportunities for developing quality business leads – and for connecting via video chat with, to date, more than 2,500 pre-registered attendees.
The trade show features specialized executive programs promoting business expansion as well as multiple breakout sessions, special offers, prizes, and promotions from sponsors and exhibitors.
“Business networking remains essential to business growth, especially amid the circumstances imposed by today’s pandemic,” said Terri Alessi-Miceli, President and CEO of HIA-LI. “Because we can quickly kindle video-chat dialogs among attendees and exhibitors, this trade show will help Long Island entrepreneurs find new customers, new clients, and new partners.
“Long Island businesses, particularly those in tradable sectors based in the Long Island Innovation Park at Hauppauge, are the anchor of the regional economy,” said Joe Campolo, Board Chair of HIA-LI and Managing Partner of Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP. “We’re thrilled to take the trade show global with the new virtual format. A trade show of this magnitude helps ensure that Nassau and Suffolk businesses are registering a strong impact on the global economic stage as well.”
The event features two Executive Programs conducted via the Zoom webinar format:
The first Executive Program is titled “Long Island Transformational Projects: Economic Growth for Business and Our Economy” and takes place Wednesday, October 7 between 9:00am and 10:30am. Moderated by Mitch Pally, CEO of the Long Island Builders Institute, panelists include Bob Coughlan, Principal with Tritec Real Estate; Russell Albanese, Chairman of The Albanese Organization; and Joe Campolo, Board Chair of HIA-LI and Managing Partner at Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP.
The panel will explore such large-scale Long Island economic development initiatives as the Belmont Raceway Redevelopment/Nassau Hub, the Ronkonkoma Hub, and Wyandanch Rising.
The second Zoom webinar, titled “Habits to Foster Peak Performance,” will feature coach Dana Cavalea, former Director of Performance for the New York Yankees, whose leadership training helped lead the team to the 2009 World Championship. Taking place Thursday, October 7 between 9:00am and 10:30am, it will be moderated by radio and television personality Steve Harper.
In addition to the two Executive Programs, the Trade Show will feature eight breakout sessions covering such topics as marketing, technology, networking, leadership, and other business-related themes.
Every Long Island business sector will be represented at the event, including energy and environmental services, technology, manufacturing, financial services, hospitality, health care, media and advertising, education, government, not-for-profit, and workforce development.
Now in its 42nd year, trade show host HIA-LI advocates for all Long Island businesses, with a special focus on the Long Island Innovation Park at Hauppauge, the predominant economic driver for the Long Island economy and the second largest industrial park in the nation. The Park, formerly known as Hauppauge Industrial Park, supports 55,000 jobs, produces $13 billion in goods and services annually, and accounts for eight percent of Long Island’s gross domestic product.
For information about registration or to secure a virtual exhibit booth, go to: https://www.hia-li.org/hia-li-events/tradeshow2020.