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Goody bags were given to everyone who walked in the door.

East Meets West bridges county lines to bring businesses together

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

Goody bags were given to everyone who walked in the door.

Many tables lured in new contacts with bright tables of candy and branded merchandise.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

Many tables lured in new contacts with bright tables of candy and branded merchandise.

Ken Burke and Jeffery Kin chat at the beginning, before the expo was packed.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

Ken Burke and Jeffery Kin chat at the beginning, before the expo was packed.

Justin Williams and Emmalee Legler made their way around the event.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

Justin Williams and Emmalee Legler made their way around the event.

Ken Burke and Matt McGuire.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

Ken Burke and Matt McGuire.

Mary Goyak and Renee Saboya explain their booth to Nathan Horner.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

Mary Goyak and Renee Saboya explain their booth to Nathan Horner.

Job Gatchell tries to guess the amount of golf tees in a jar while Matt Kies of the LECOM Suncoast Classic watches.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

Job Gatchell tries to guess the amount of golf tees in a jar while Matt Kies of the LECOM Suncoast Classic watches.

Lee Kotwicki and Kristey Richardson man the State College of Florida booth.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

Lee Kotwicki and Kristey Richardson man the State College of Florida booth.

Giuseppe Masucci chats with Marty Taffel.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

Giuseppe Masucci chats with Marty Taffel.

A passport is stamped. If attendees filled them, they could enter a drawing.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

A passport is stamped. If attendees filled them, they could enter a drawing.

East truly meets West. Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce president Gail Loefgren and Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance CEO Dom Dimaio.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

East truly meets West. Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce president Gail Loefgren and Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance CEO Dom Dimaio.

Jeffery Kin chats with Yasemin Chain at the joint LBK-LWR booth.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

Jeffery Kin chats with Yasemin Chain at the joint LBK-LWR booth.

Kelly Erdmann greets Kendra Gemma like an old friend.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

Kelly Erdmann greets Kendra Gemma like an old friend.

Jack Dean is jovial as he works to showcase his business.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

Jack Dean is jovial as he works to showcase his business.

Bruce and Lori Abramson are veterans of the expo.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

Bruce and Lori Abramson are veterans of the expo.

Kristen Nero and Jason Bell manned the Sherwin Williams table for the first time.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

Kristen Nero and Jason Bell manned the Sherwin Williams table for the first time.

Chart House employees Kristina Nonnemacher, Chris Luthi and Patrick Kenyon serve samples from the table.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

Chart House employees Kristina Nonnemacher, Chris Luthi and Patrick Kenyon serve samples from the table.

The Chart House table, situated at the front of the expo, was frequently visited.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

The Chart House table, situated at the front of the expo, was frequently visited.

A nearly full passport after gaining another stamp.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

A nearly full passport after gaining another stamp.

Kristina Nonnemacher, Chris Luthi and Patrick Kenyon.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

Kristina Nonnemacher, Chris Luthi and Patrick Kenyon.

Matt Baehr brought samples of T-shirts made at his business for people to see.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

Matt Baehr brought samples of T-shirts made at his business for people to see.

George Worthmore provided the crowd with music.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

George Worthmore provided the crowd with music.

Mark Mattis and Erik Livingston were all smiles for any who came by their table.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

Mark Mattis and Erik Livingston were all smiles for any who came by their table.

Speak's Clam Bar of St. Armands Circle served up delectable bites.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

Speak's Clam Bar of St. Armands Circle served up delectable bites.

Kristen Hoff and Alex Chavez.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

Kristen Hoff and Alex Chavez.

Tom and Susan Wiegele explained the Cincinnatti phenomenon of Skyline Chili to those unfamiliar with the chili and spaghetti dish.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

Tom and Susan Wiegele explained the Cincinnatti phenomenon of Skyline Chili to those unfamiliar with the chili and spaghetti dish.

Sinead Magennis and Hayley Muzzino never tired of chatting with attendees.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

Sinead Magennis and Hayley Muzzino never tired of chatting with attendees.

Tanya Hunn and Rod and Jayce Barros.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

Tanya Hunn and Rod and Jayce Barros.

The Observer's own Emma Burke and Toni Perren manned the booth.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

The Observer's own Emma Burke and Toni Perren manned the booth.

Priya Parikh at her booth.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

Priya Parikh at her booth.

Liz Zollars and Laura Reed handed out chocolate to attendees.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

Liz Zollars and Laura Reed handed out chocolate to attendees.

Cori Golden, Debbie Shaffer and Blenda Vines at the Veteran Air booth.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

Cori Golden, Debbie Shaffer and Blenda Vines at the Veteran Air booth.

Ronald Sears spins the wheel at Veteran Air.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

Ronald Sears spins the wheel at Veteran Air.

Karen Murillo, Caitlyn Driscoll and Janeth Gonzalez ran the front end of the event, letting people in.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

Karen Murillo, Caitlyn Driscoll and Janeth Gonzalez ran the front end of the event, letting people in.

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