NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Two major themes emerged at Thursday's WCBS BNB Bank Business Breakfast on Long Island — the advantages of being local and getting noticed with your own unique business story.
Joe Connolly hosted the event at the Huntington Hilton and was joined by Mark Burford, co-founder of Blue Point Brewing Co., Kathleen King, founder of Tate's Bake Shop, and Jaclyn Rutigliano, co-founder and CEO of Hometown Flower Collective, LLC.
Burford said years ago people would ask if the locally made beer would make them sick and now local is a point of pride.
King built a chocolate chip cookie and bakery empire from scratch, but it wasn't always easy. She says when she was knocking on doors to get Tate's cookies into stores, occasionally someone would say "What makes you think these are good?"
Rather than debate with them she would just say, "I think they're good" and walk out, thinking to herself, "They'll be calling me someday!"
King says, “You believe in your own product, you believe in yourself. I love proving people wrong.”
Connolly reports it seemed like more business owners compared to the previous breakfast in June said business is up — namely in financial services, aviation and technology.
"When I asked is anybody seeing signs of a slowdown only two business founders raised their hand and one told me later the last eight months have been great it was due to slow," Connolly said.