Our 26th Annual Business Trade Show saw bigger numbers in both participation in attendance then we’ve had in the last couple of years. Morale among business exhibitors was boosted this year and we saw some business come back that had not participated in some time. They are feeling an ever so slight, but still apparent, upshift in the economy and they are optimistic about our local business landscape. The business trade show gave them a vehicle to help that shift move just a bit quicker for them.

Nearly 150 businesses and 1000 guests came to check out the offerings of this year’s show and networking in Mardi Gras style at an event we dubbed “Fat Thursday.” Everything from banks to restaurants to hotels and  retail shops and everything in between could be found throughout both buildings and in between. This year’s event also included a DJ – Pete Ruiz from A Class Act Entertainment –  who played upbeat background music and made announcements about prize giveaways. In addition that was well received and will continue to be included in the event.

As always we awarded prizes to the best booths of the day. These booths need to incorporate the theme, draw in an audience and engage them to vie for the prizes. Here are the 2011 winners and the prizes they received. Thank you to our prize donors!
1st Place: Altrusa International of the Central Coast – free booth at 2012 show from Chamber of Commerce
2nd Place: VTC Enterprises – sports gift basket from City of Santa Maria Rec & Parks / P.L.A.Y.
3rd Place: City of Santa Maria Recreation & Parks – $500 in free advertising from Mega 97.1
4th Place: Mary Kay, Kathy Martinez – 2 tickets to San Diego Zoo & San Diego Wildlife Park from Mega 97.1

Plans for next year’s event are already underway. It is slated to be even bigger & better than this year’s event as we network in true Hollywood fashion!!

Booths are currently available for booking and are first-come, first-served. There is also an opportunity for a business who would like major exposure at this huge event by becoming our corporate sponsor, contact marcy@santamaria.com or (805) 925-2403 x 816 if interested.

The clapboard below has all the basic details, click the image for more information or to register online.