Visitors and businesses alike will find something new this year at the 17th Annual Business Showcase and Market Place.
For the first time, organizers are letting businesses not only display their products, but sell them — and there is a new venue too, the Payson High School (old) gym.
Both inside and outside the gym March 21, vendors will display and sell their goods and services.Visitors can stroll the array of booths offered and sign up for some terrific raffle prizes, which most businesses are offering.
The “Team Up to Succeed” showcase presented by the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, who organizes the event, is also 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 Payson Regional Medical Center, Chase Bank and Gila Community College, and new businesses like Green Scene Solar and Fresh Breeze Heating and Cooling to name a few.
Night Storms Designs and Life and Rain Photography are planning on teaming up to share a booth along with We Build Green and Wholesale Lenders.
Stanton says the showcase is an opportunity to introduce residents, visitors and other local businesses to the wide variety of goods and services offered by local merchants and area organizations.
Who knew Payson had a business devoted to rocks or that you could be paid to travel with Best Travel by Reeds?
Besides the larger companies and organizations, there will be unique small businesses like this displaying their products and services.
Before the main event, a chamber mixer open 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., Friday, 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 for the town.
“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. You can eat too, the Kiwanis Club will be selling brats and more.
“The point of the raffle is to get people to your booth and to get a prospect list,” Stanton said.
Participants are encouraged to handout catalogs, promotion sheets and collect e-mail addresses while visitors should take advantage of the opportunity to mingle with local business owners and learn what they have to offer.
For more information about the event, contact the chamber at (928) 474-4515.