Event organizers aren’t totally sure when the annual East Valley Business Expo first began, but they are unanimous in the belief this year will be the best to date.
“We’ve had more excitement building for this than ever before,” said Sean Donovan, Tempe Chamber of Commerce vice president for media and program development. “It’s been building for the last couple months.”
The free (with a business card) networking event runs 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2 at the Mesa Convention Center, 201 N. Center St., and aims to help local businesses foster working relationships while they also promote their efforts to local consumers. It is a collaboration of the Tempe, Gilbert, Mesa and Chandler Chambers of Commerce.
“It’s going to be bigger and better,” said Mike Wells, director of member services for the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. “There will be more activities and more vendors — we’re way ahead of last year’s pace — which means a greater opportunity for local businesses to get in front of more people.”
Nearly 90 East Valley businesses had already signed up as of Tuesday afternoon, according to the event’s website. More than 100 are expected when it’s all said and done.
The business-to-business and business-to-consumer relations and interaction on this one day could take months to equal,” said Donovan, who put the most dated expo having taken place in 1995.
Many of the business already committed to the event are geared toward networking, said Sean Barry, Mesa Chamber of Commerce spokesman. A full list of list of exhibitors is available at eastvalleybusinessexpo.com.
Free food will be available from area restaurants like Cracker Barrel, Waldo's BBQ, Dunkin’ Donuts, Sub Zero Ice Cream and Heidi's Events and Catering. Door prizes and individual exhibitor giveaways and raffles are also on tap for those who bring a business card.
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