Business Showcase Was A Big Success


The winning booth in this year’s Student Showcase was Payson Education Center. PEC students were awarded a $300 prize for their entry by Gila County Superintendent of Schools Linda O’Dell.

The winning booth in this year’s Student Showcase was Payson Education Center. PEC students were awarded a $300 prize for their entry by Gila County Superintendent of Schools Linda O’Dell. Photo by Pia Wyer. |

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Greetings from the Chamber and Visitor Center.

The 20th Annual Business Showcase, “Rim Country Business: Past, Present & Future” is now part of the history books. It was unique in the addition of the “Student Showcase,” incorporating 10 student groups and organizations. Each group had to follow all of the rules of the Business Showcase, except for the registration fee. The idea was to show our students what it takes to be a business, and how tough it is to maintain our businesses in these hard times. I want to thank all the exhibitors, volunteers (adult and student), attendees and friends that worked together to make the 20th Showcase a success.

During the rest of the year, the Chamber will host and co-host a number of programs and mixers.

On April 19, the Chamber will co-host Representative Paul Gosar at a Business Buzz, the location to be noted later. The April Chamber Mixer will be held at Rim Country Lanes on April 26, starting at 5:30, where for $5 mixer attendees will get a set of shoes and unlimited bowling for two hours.

Come and bring your cards for this fun event that will definitely mix pleasure with business!

As a teaser, the May Mixer will be at a beautiful bed & breakfast location in Payson, with one of the best views in town.

As the new business year (featuring our visitors) begins; I have included some “well worn” ideas to help to make them at home, and want to return to the hospitality of Rim Country. These are not new, but they may need underlining to new employees, and even to some of us that have been here forever.

Two quick ideas with long lasting impact: advertise in the Chamber Visitors Guide; we publish 15,000 of them, and they go to all visitors, chamber locations, and are in relocation and tourist packets. Our hospitality locations keep them to give to their guests, and we use them to target market specific locations such as Tempe, Apache Junction and Casa Grande. Also, KMOG is doing a “Be Loyal, Buy Local” promotion, aimed at keeping our money in Rim Country. Take advantage of these opportunities to have an affordable business promotion.

Please come to the Chamber Mixers, Business Buzzes and other opportunities to network and present your company in great venues.

Remember, Be Loyal, Buy Local !!

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