‘Twin Cities Showcase’ returns to highlight local businesses

Published: May. 12, 2022 at 6:59 PM CDT
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NORMAL (WEEK) - After a three-year COVID-19 hiatus, the Twin Cities Showcase made a return Thursday to highlight dozens of local businesses in and around Bloomington-Normal.

77 businesses - big and small - set up at ISU’s Bone Student Center in what many say was one of the first major trade shows since the start of the pandemic.

The event had everything from healthcare agencies and energy firms to startups, local banks and several popular eateries.

Some business owners said COVID-19 almost took them out, while others say the pandemic was a learning experience that allowed them to ramp up their internal operations.

All agree, though, that Thursday gave them a chance to reconnect with clients and fellow business owners in one place.

“I think that all of the craziness in the last two years has really reminded us the importance of supporting our local businesses and our local food network,” said Miranda Martin, who represents Martinelli’s Market. “It’s really exciting to be able to get out and get to know all the people we’ve been away from the last two years.”

“To actually be here today - in person, looking at each other, interacting face-to-face - we’re stepping in the right direction as the world and the community,” added Brock Jones, who works for Halo Solar.

Organizers say the Showcase wasn’t just a way to connect businesses with clients, but also a way to highlight all the Twin Cities have to offer.

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