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The Business Showcase is a place for businesses to display their products and services. Every year, hundreds of prospective clients stream past booths sampling products, picking up information and entering raffles. In 2008, (above) the showcase was held at the casino.

Register now for business showcase

Organizers of the 18th Annual Business & Builders Showcase are ready to help Rim Country business owners grow their business.

“It’s THE opportunity to highlight your business and products to other businesses and residents of Payson and the surrounding communities,” said John Stanton, Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce manager. “The economic situation in Rim Country requires each business to maximize the spotlighting of their goods and services to our local community members. The new location of the showcase, the extended show time, the ability to sell and to share booths is all designed to do just that.”

The showcase kicks off Saturday, March 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and runs through Sunday, March 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the former location of Foxworth-Galbraith.

Exhibitors may share a booth with another business.

Past participants have the opportunity to become an exhibitor and choose their location before other businesses. The restricted amount of booth space means all entries are based on a “first come, first served” basis, Stanton said.

A completed application and payment will be required to hold a booth or location.

Registration for general chamber members begins Feb. 12. If you have any questions, contact the chamber at (928) 474-4515.

Guerrilla Tactics classes under way 

It is not too late to sign up and attend a 2010 Guerrilla Tactics class.

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Gila County Small Business Development Center are sponsoring the classes, which focus on developing a Web presence due to the growing popularity of Web sites.

The programs are held at the Central Arizona Board of Realtors meeting room, 600 E. Highway 260, Suite H, from 6 p.m. to 7:30p.m., the last Wednesday of the month, January through June.

Faculty for the event are Michael Rose and Cameron Davis.

The cost for the six sessions is $50 for chamber members and $60 non-members. The five remaining meetings are as follows:

Feb. 24: How to effectively create and optimize your Web site

March 24: Search engine optimization linking strategies

April 28: Attracting the online customer

May 26: How to drive traffic to your Web site

June 23: Quantifying the measure of success

These sessions will be taped for later download.

Sign up at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and online at www.rimcountrychamber.com. Due to space size, classes are limited to 50 seats.

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