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Then the bullhorn sounded and each businessperson moved down the line to meet the next potential "match." "Speed networking is like speed dating," said Cory Schifter, owner of Casale Jewelers in Dongan Hills and an SIEDC member.
"This is a good way to introduce yourself in a comfortable way." Everyone who participated in the event made at least 28 connections, said Alexander Federico, a project manager for Coastal Plumbing Supply in Stapleton, and a member of the SIEDC team that orchestrated the event.
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"With speed networking, you're able to remember what someone looks like when you pick up the business card they gave you," he added.
With three rows of cocktail tables, businesspeople lined up and had about two minutes to exchange business cards, and give a quick pitch about their business and what they have to offer their fellow entrepreneur.
"Staten Island is a very dynamic place for people doing business, because it's done in an old-fashioned style. It's who you know, not what you know," said Ryan Goldberg, SIEDC ambassador of the event and director of Circle Urgent Care in Bulls Head.
You have more opportunity to meet someone in a room that's packed than when you're doing what we call 'gripping and grinning,'" he added.