There was something for everyone at Wednesday's Business Expo

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Matt Beaulieu of Service Credit Union and Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President Laura Ring prepare to draw one of dozens of raffle prizes during Wednesday's Business and Community Expo held at the Community Center. (Rochester Voice photos)

ROCHESTER - There were back scratchers from the Wentworth Home, weeklong memberships at the Rochester Y and coupons for Parm Bites and Bread Twists from Domino's.

Not to mention the 110 Grill's renowned tomato soup, fresh subs of all types from Subway and gourmet creations from the chefs at Nippo Lake Golf Course.

All free.

It was all part of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce's Business and Community Expo held Wednesday at the Rochester Community Center, with area businesses putting out their best booth finery to market their products and services.

Rochester Grange Steward Jim Jacobs chats with Hannah Rogers as he tries to decide what he'll sample from the 110 Grill's food offerings Wednesday night at Business and Community Expo.

Some 70 booths were set up representing a cross-section of Rochester's business landscape, with each one offering freebies like keychain flashlights, plastic twist can or bottle openers, even personalized coolers.

The Expo was free to the public, who all got free party favor bags courtesy of Service Credit Union as they entered to fill up as they made the rounds.

"This is great," said George Basham of Rochester, who visited the Expo with his wife, Laurie. Basham was one of about three dozen who won raffle prizes, his being a free oil change at Healey Auto Repair on Milton Road.

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Laura Ring said she was thrilled with the turnout, which numbered well into the hundreds.

Owen Bick of Dover chats with Edward Jones financial advisers Michael Clemence and Megan Stewart during Wednesday's Business and Community Expo.

Among the more elaborate booth displays was the one from Atlantic Broadband which set up an entire TiVo system to show potential customers how the powerful entertainment system works. The new entertainment platform features a modern user interface with intuitive navigation and enhanced functionality, hyper-personalized viewing recommendations and an easy-to-use remote, offering conversational voice control.

"This is really great, you can do it all just with your voice," said Atlantic Broadband New Hampshire and Maine General Manager Ed Merrill.

One of the highlights of the evening was the grand prize raffle drawing of $500 in cash co-sponsored by Bank of New Hampshire and won by Debbie Day of the Village at Clark Brook, an apartment complex off Old Dover Road.

The Expo was underwritten by Service Credit Union.

Co-sponsors included Amcomm Wireless, Atlantic Broadband, D.F. Richard Energy, Great Bay Community College, Hannaford-Lilac Mall, Hervey's Tire Co., Tanya Lee Hervey Photography, Rochester Recreation & Arena, Townsquare Media, Unitil, Walmart, Waste Management and Wentworth Home.

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