Making connections at the Biz 2 Biz expo

Andy Zhang, owner of Flyield Trade Ltd., will be one of the nine newcomer exhibitors at the Biz 2 Biz expo at the Eastlink Centre. Zhang and his family moved from Beijing to Prince Edward Island in 2012 and opened his importing and exporting business in 2013. Maureen Coulter photo.
Andy Zhang, owner of Flyield Trade Ltd., will be one of the nine newcomer exhibitors at the Biz 2 Biz expo at the Eastlink Centre. Zhang and his family moved from Beijing to Prince Edward Island in 2012 and opened his importing and exporting business in 2013. Maureen Coulter photo.
By Maureen Coulter
Oct. 24, 2014

A language barrier didn’t stop Andy Zhang from making his lifelong dream of running his own business come true.

Zhang moved from Beijing to Prince Edward Island in 2012 and launched Flyield Trade Ltd. an international importing and exporting business in November, 2013.

To help promote his business, Zhang will be one of the newcomer exhibitors at the ninth annual Biz 2 Biz expo at the Eastlink Centre on Oct. 23.

The free expo is organized by the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce and is a networking opportunity to help businesses showcase their products or professional services to other people in business.

This year will be the biggest and most diverse yet, with over 120 exhibitors.

People go to this event with a business focus, said Kathy Hambly, executive director of the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce.

“If you are in business and you are trying to get exposure or track new clients, it’s a great way to get out in front of people.”

This is exactly what Zhang hopes to get out of the expo, an opportunity to find retailers and customers who are interested in his products.

“My key target is local retailers.”

Hambly said the expo will help people learn something that will improve their business or make those connections.

“It’s a chance for small businesses to get out and take part in some these activities that can perhaps help them grow their own business.”

Throughout the day there will be information sessions on using the internet and social media to help grow a business with Chris O’Shea of BDC and tips to improve customer service and sales on the phone with Mary Jane Copps.

The keynote presentation about entrepreneurialism will be delivered by Chef Michael Smith at the Red Shores Grandstand.

The trade show runs from noon until 6 p.m. with numerous prizes given out, including two tickets to fly anywhere in continental North America with Air Canada.

It’s the Old Home Week of small businesses, said Hambly.

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