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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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Ken Burke and Matt McGuire.

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Ken Burke and Matt McGuire.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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Giuseppe Masucci chats with Marty Taffel.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

Giuseppe Masucci chats with Marty Taffel.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Kelly Erdmann greets Kendra Gemma like an old friend.

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Kelly Erdmann greets Kendra Gemma like an old friend.

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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.

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Bruce and Lori Abramson are veterans of the expo.

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Bruce and Lori Abramson are veterans of the expo.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A nearly full passport after gaining another stamp.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

A nearly full passport after gaining another stamp.

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Kristina Nonnemacher, Chris Luthi and Patrick Kenyon.

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Kristina Nonnemacher, Chris Luthi and Patrick Kenyon.

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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.

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George Worthmore provided the crowd with music.

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George Worthmore provided the crowd with music.

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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.

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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.

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Kristen Hoff and Alex Chavez.

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Kristen Hoff and Alex Chavez.

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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.

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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.

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Tanya Hunn and Rod and Jayce Barros.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

Tanya Hunn and Rod and Jayce Barros.

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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.

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Priya Parikh at her booth.

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Priya Parikh at her booth.

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Liz Zollars and Laura Reed handed out chocolate to attendees.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

Liz Zollars and Laura Reed handed out chocolate to attendees.

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

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

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Ronald Sears spins the wheel at Veteran Air.

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 |

Ronald Sears spins the wheel at Veteran Air.

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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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