The HIA-LI exhibition is held on Thursday

More than 4,500 professionals are expected at HIA-LI 34e Annual trade show and conference on Thursdays in Brentwood.

Of those attendees, about 75% are senior decision-makers, according to HIA-LI, a major business advocacy group in the region.

The event will take place at the Suffolk Federal Credit Union Arena at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It includes an executive breakfast with a panel of Long Island business leaders, as well as free seminars and breakout sessions covering trends.

“Each year, this show consistently presents more sales and networking opportunities for regional businesses than any other event on Long Island,” said Terri Alessi-Miceli, president and CEO of HIA-LI, in a statement. communicated.

“You just can’t beat this kind of in-person and face-to-face contact for building valuable relationships and generating new business,” she added. “We are delighted to be back at our usual venue at Suffolk County Community College and look forward to welcoming new and returning attendees.”

During this business-to-business event, participants can meet more than 150 companies present in the exhibition space. These companies represent a wide variety of sectors in the region such as technology, energy and environment, manufacturing, finance, hospitality, healthcare, media and advertising, education, government and workforce development.

The Executive Breakfast, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., will focus on important Long Island regional projects that have the potential to revitalize the region’s economy. Moderated by Marc Herbst, executive director of the Long Island Contractors’ Association, the panel will include Scott Burman, principal at Engel Burman; John Cameron, Jr., managing partner of Cameron Engineering & Associates, LLP; Joe Campolo, Managing Partner at Campolo Middleton & McCormick LLP, and; Jim Coughlan, director at TRITEC. Both Campolo and Coughlan are board members of HIA-LI. Tickets are available for breakfast here.

A talking point will likely be the $2.8 billion Midway Crossing at Ronkonkoma. The proposed project – which would include a convention center, 300-room hotel, sports arena, life science centers and a north terminal at Long Island MacArthur Airport – was recently named a “significant project area” by a unanimous vote of the Long Island Regional Planning Board. Construction is expected to bring billions of dollars of economic activity, including thousands of well-paying jobs.

This year’s show will feature its first manufacturing pavilion, focusing on the particular issues facing Long Island’s manufacturing sector, such as labor challenges, supply chain disruptions, automation, marketing and employee training.

Among the topics that will be covered on the show’s agenda of free seminars and breakout sessions are: Mastering the art of online marketing; Develop your talent pipeline; What small businesses need to know in 2022; Avoid a cybersecurity attack; Link education to business; among others.

“The wide variety of commercial exhibitors is a strong reminder to us of the great scale and diversity of Long Island’s economy,” said Rich Humann, Chairman of the Board of HIA-LI and President and CEO of H2M Architects and Engineers, in a statement. “A regional trade show of this magnitude elevates its attendees to an exciting new level of business-to-business synergy. This is not to be missed.”

Attendees must pre-register by calling 631-543-5355 or visiting to avoid the $10 same-day registration fee. Interested companies can contact HIA-LI regarding exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities.

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