Meet new clients and make new business connections.

That was the opportunity afforded to those who participated in the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce "Business After Hours" networking event Thursday at Home Solutions Partners in Palmerton.

The event had a solid turnout, as members toured the 11,000 square foot Home Center, at which time they enjoyed food and drinks and networked from inside the impressive two-story showroom.

Those in attendance were entered in a drawing to win a $400 Home Solutions gift certificate.

Dawn Ferrante, CCCC chairperson, thanked the business for sponsoring the mixer.

"Please tour the downstairs," Ferrante said. "It's a beautiful facility."

Pete Turko, owner, said he rebranded his existing business In April of 2009, and opened its doors with a new look and a new name, Home Solutions Partners.

Turko said the business specializes in building and renovations, additions, garages, new construction, remodeling, insulation, roofing, siding, windows and doors.

The business also does commercial and residential work, as well as design and build, Turko said.

Turko said Home Solutions Partners works hand in hand with its Allentown branch, Flooring Network, which does both commercial and residential carpeting, carpet tiles, ceramic tile, cork and bamboo, hardwood floors (finished and unfinished) and vinyl floors.

Both locations have a huge selection of flooring products on display for the customers to choose from, said Turko, who added the business also partners on projects with Penn Valley Kitchens & Garage Doors, which installs kitchens and garage doors.

In addition to the CCCC, Home Solutions Partners is a member of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Lehigh Valley Builders Association, Turko said.

Home Solutions Partners is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, as well as evening and weekend appointments.

For more information, call 610-824-2222, or visit its new website,

In other CCCC business, Ferrante noted:

- The Carbon County Home, Garden and Business Expo will be held April 27-28, at Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton.