Tolland County Businesses Showcase What They Have at Annual Chamber Event

The atmosphere at Maneeley's was upbeat and lively.

Adam Weissberger had every reason to be tired on Tuesday.

As a Vernon Town Council Member, he had a job to do the night before - set a budget number for the annual town meeting. It kept him at Town Hall for a while.

Come morning, it was back to work at his paying job - running the local State Farm insurance agency at Lafayette Plaza. But he was all smiles at Maneeley's Banquet Facility in South Windsor later in the day. Everyone was because the annual Tolland County Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase is one of the premier events of the spring.

"Yes, I am tired," Weissberger said. "But it's also good to be here. This is a great event."

A short way down the same aisle, Robert Rocchetti was showing off the Aflac  Mascot. The popular duck is a prop she gets to use because the independent agency in Stafford represents Aflac.

The main ballroom at Maneeley's was packed with businesses ranging from Better Hearing at Amplisound, a Vernon-based distributor of hearing products and services to the Star Hill Family Athletic Center in Tolland.

Star Hill was giving away water bottles and was easily one of the more popular tables.

Wireless Zone's Erin Blackburn was eagerly explaining Verizon's recent 4G expansion in the area.

Vernon Regional Adult Basic Education, which serves the entire region, was on hand to explain its "No Adult Left Behind" slogan.

The best dressed? With apologies to former Rockville bank CEO and current board member William McGurk, who was as dapper as always in a business suit, it was the mannequin at the Zahner's Fine Apparel that was sporting a  striped warm-weather button-down shirt.

Miss Greater Rockville Katlyn Lewicke was on hand and worked the room with smiles, photos and her trademark charm. U.S. Rep. Joseph Courtney was also on hand.


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