Looking local at the Greater Binghamton Business Expo

April 10, 2014 Updated Apr 10, 2014 at 6:20 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) What makes a local business successful in a struggling economy? Many would say it's the support of the community and the importance of buying local.

The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce goes to great lengths to promote local businesses. They said the goal is to get all of the companies in attendance buying and selling from each other.

"It really comes down to jobs," said CEO and President Lou Santoni, "If you purchase things locally people are going to have to employ more people and it's only going to be better for the local economy."

For the business owners, it's another chance to be seen and to be heard.

"I have run into to people that I didn't know had a printing business here," said Lisa DeSantis of Coral Isle Pools & Spas, "Individuals that I didn't know existed, their business."

There were about a hundred local businesses at the expo, all from different trades, but they said they all came for the same reason.

"Plain and simple. It's networking," DeSantis said.

The event was free and open to anyone with a business card or a student ID.

The main draw is to get local businesses familiar with others, so when it comes time to expand and get new products, they will look locally before going anywhere else.

"We may be able to offer a business product, whether it be a checking account, savings account," said Colleen Barton of Visions Federal Credit Union, "To a local plumber who's here, to a networking company that's here, and they may be able to come to us."

For more information about the annual event, click here.