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Smoke-free awards at Star Networking event

Networking was elevated to a healthy new level as the Queens Courier joined with TD Bank and Queens Smoke-Free Partnership in presenting another successful Star Networking event at TD’s “greenest” branch in Queens Village on Thursday, August 24.

Aside from the usual and beneficial swapping of business cards among company representatives and independent owners, the evening’s hosts also honored many who have been instrumental in keeping Queens healthy.

Dan Carrigan, program director of Queens Smoke-Free Partnership, gave plaques to community members who are in the business of helping Queens breathe easy.

“There is a lack of knowledge about the dangers of smoking and those we honored tonight had a hand in reaching the community with their message,” Carrigan said. “Everyone has the right to breathe clean air.”

Carrigan said that co-sponsoring this event was a great way to “enact a borough-based presence for tobacco control.” He believes that engaging the business community in a healthy conversation can help facilitate borough growth.

“We are hoping that this is the beginning of a healthy partnership between business and the community,” he said. “A healthier community is a prosperous and economically sound community.”

While they appreciated the focus of the event, many in attendance were there to represent their business and to expand their company’s reach.

Attorney Stephen Cheng saw the event as the ultimate chance to make connections with businesses in the community that might benefit from his services.

“I came here to get a better understanding of what people in the community need,” said Cheng. “I’m investigating how my services can be helpful to them.”

Larry Moore, of SSQ House Calls, got the invitation for the event and immediately knew that his business would benefit from a little networking.

“It sounded like a great opportunity to network and expand my business from point A to point B,” said Moore, whose company provides home visits by licensed physicians. “Each business can help and teach another business.”

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