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.
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