21st Business Showcase Promises Products For Seniors, Student Showcase

Linda O’Dell

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Linda O’Dell

The 21st Annual Business Showcase is March 16 at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino.

This year, the theme is “Celebrating Seniors of All Ages” a showcase of services and products for seniors, ages 18 to 80.

Going along with that theme, students, including a few graduating seniors will operate booths at the showcase as part of the 2nd Annual Student Showcase.

Gila County Superintendent of Schools Linda O’Dell sponsors the event and says it is a great way for students to connect with local businesses and the community and learn a little bit about running their own business.

“This is an opportunity for students to consider how they can showcase and sell their club, program or school to gain potential interest in and support of others,” she said. “It’s also a great opportunity for them to work as a team to develop the best way to exhibit and display who they are and what they’re about.”

Students from several high schools will have booths set up in a section of the business showcase.

Some will sell things, while other booths will provide information.

O’Dell said besides students learning what it means to run their own booth, it is a chance for residents to consider ways they might support students and our schools. 

“The involvement of caring adults goes a long way to helping students understand the importance of a good education and what it takes to succeed in the world beyond school,” she said.

Besides the students’ booths, this year’s showcase, presented by the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and Payson Regional Medical Center, will highlight services and merchandise for seniors in Rim Country. 

Several dozen businesses will have booths set up, including Payson Senior Center, Plant Fair, Mattress Experts, Chitwood’s Cabinets and State Farm.

After the success of last year’s student showcase, O’Dell and John Stanton, Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce manager, decided to weave student booths into the regular showcase again.

“We’re hoping that the student showcase can help attract other students and their parents to visit the business showcase,” she said.  

O’Dell said students get a better understanding of what owning a business consists of by networking with business owners.

“It’s always a positive for community members, visitors and even parents to see their tax dollars at work,” she said. “It’s even better, and encouraging, when students are meaningfully engaged in education-related activities that are preparing them for the world of work and good citizenship.”

For more information, call the chamber at (928) 474-4515.

The business showcase is March 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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