For the 17th anniversary of the Business Showcase and Market Place, organizers decided to shake things up a bit and for the first time let businesses not only showcase their products, but sell them.
Both inside and outside the Payson High School gym on March 21, vendors will display and sell their goods and services.
Dubbed the “Team Up to Succeed” showcase by the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, who organizes the event, this year’s event has a new location and for the first time is allowing vendors to “team up” and share a booth to defer the $200 entry fee.
“Under the current economic circumstances we felt it would behoove us to help small businesses defray the cost to attend,” said chamber manager John Stanton.
Exhibitors include businesses and organizations from around the Rim Country, including long-standing business like the Payson Regional Medical Center, ACE Hardware and Gila Community College, and new businesses like Green Scene Solar and Fresh Breeze Heating and Cooling to name a few.
The showcase is an opportunity to introduce residents, visitors and other businesses to the wide variety of goods and services offered by local merchants and area organizations.
A chamber mixer for everyone, including showcase participants, sponsors and chamber members to network will be held at the Majestic Mountain Inn from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., March 20. The cost to attend the mixer is $3 for chamber members and $5 for the public. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Payson Parks and Recreation who work to keep athletic programs running.
“People can come and share a little cheer and network,” Stanton said. “Bring business cards to hand out.”
The showcase is open to the public, free of charge, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 21.
During the showcase, participants will have the opportunity to compete for the Best Inside Booth, Best Outside Booth, Best Themed Booth and People’s Choice Award.
All booths will be offering at least a $25 raffle prize.
“The point of the raffle is to get people to your booth and to get a prospect list,” Stanton said.
For more information, contact the chamber at (928) 474-4515.