Showcase Puts Rim Businesses Front And Center

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It's about education and fun. The 13th Annual Business Showcase provides an opportunity for businesses to learn about each other, introduce themselves to potential customers and employees, plus it gives aspiring entrepreneurs a chance to see what's available in the Rim country and where their product or service might fit in.

The showcase, "Hoist Your Sales," is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 23 under the big top at Rim Country Mall, on East Highway 260.

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Katrina Kueny, right, and her sister Nerissa dance in front of the big top tent during the 2002 business showcase. Demonstrations and activities will be part of the 13th Annual Business Showcase Saturday, April 23.

There is an April 22 portion of the event which is a mixer for participants and chamber members, sponsored by Kohl's Ranch.

"We have about 86 participants this year," said Judy Miller, coordinator for the event. "It's the best chance people have to talk one-on-one with business owners and learn what's new."

In addition to businesses taking part, Miller said there also will be representatives from area fire departments, the Payson Police Department and the Forest Service at the showcase.

Additionally the Classic Car Club will have an exhibit and there will be food vendors, lots of giveaways and prizes.

Serving as presenting sponsors are the three offices of Edward Jones in Payson, operated by Kevin Dick, Paul Pfeifer and Ross Hage; and the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Grand Patron Sponsors are the Tonto Apache Tribe Mazatzal Casino; the town of Payson; and Weather Masters Heating and Air Conditioning.

Contributing Sponsors include: Phil White Ford; ERA; Payson Care Center; Cruise Port Travel; Star Valley RV; Payson Regional Medical Center; PostNet Postal and Business Services; The Stockmen's Bank; Corral West Ranchwear; and Qwest.

Friends of the Showcase are Ace Hardware and Nursery; the Payson Roundup for Tonto Search and Rescue; Four Seasons Motorsports; Anderson Chiropractic; Arizona Public Service; Bank One; Desert Schools Federal Credit Union; and M&T Mortgage Corporation.

"It's always been fun," said Miller, who has been with the organizing committee since the inception of the event.

"Making it themed is what keeps it entertaining," she said.

Admission to the nautical themed showcase is free.

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