WILDWOOD - The Cape May County Chamber of Commerce hosted its biggest annual meet-and-greet Wednesday at the Wildwoods Convention Center.
The Business at the Beach Expo is the county's largest networking event of the year.
"We're just here to network and see what other businesses have to offer," said Denise Raymond, senior admissions and marketing director for Genesis HealthCare, which has three centers in Lower Township. "Plus, everyone has parents or other relatives that might need our services some day."
Genesis provides inpatient or assisted-living care and outpatient rehabilitation services, Raymond said.
More than 100 companies set up booths at the convention center. Among them was the Egg Harbor Township location of ServiceMaster, a disaster-restoration company.
Office Manager Debbie Heigl, of Somers Point, said her business was especially busy helping businesses and homeowners alike clean up after Hurricane Sandy. But coastal storms and harsh winters regularly create demand for their services in South Jersey, she said.
"Winter is our busiest season. We get a lot of frozen and broken pipes," she said.
Vector Security, based in Middle Township, provides security and remote-utility services for businesses and homeowners.
District Sales Manager Sean Skelly, of Middle Township, said more customers are buying security systems that let them adjust the heat or air conditioning or get a live camera feed from their phone.
"The system has sensors that will alert them if the temperature drops below a certain setting. That could save them from having pipes freeze or flooding issues," he said.
And when that happens, they sometimes turn to Michael Minchelli, of Sea Isle City, who handles South Jersey claims for Citizens Public Adjusters Inc., based in Bensalem, Pa.
He works on behalf of homeowners who often disagree with the conclusions of their insurance company's adjusters.
Minchelli said there are only a few outstanding claims remaining from Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Things are starting to return to normal. He is working on claims filed by homeowners from last week's devastating fire in Sea Isle City that damaged or destroyed more than a dozen homes.
"We did 1,200 claims for Hurricane Sandy," he said. "We are there to advise and assist the homeowner in pursuing their claim."
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