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Calvin Rinck, Marketing Director
Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council
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For IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 04, 2013
State’s Largest Business Networking Event Expands with New Outdoor Venue
(Lewiston, Maine) – Due to overwhelming demand, the Business to Business Trade Show Committee is pleased to announce the expansion of this year’s Androscoggin Business to Business Trade Show to include an outdoor venue.
Geared towards vendors interested in showcasing large equipment such as mobile marketing vehicles, boats, construction equipment, cars, trucks, luxury transportation, recreation and sporting vehicles, cranes and more, committee member Stephanie Lewis of the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council expects a strong showing.
“We have a total of 23 spaces sectioned off within the lower parking lot of the Androscoggin Bank Colisee,” said Lewis. “The spaces range in size from 18 by 40 feet all the way to 24 by 54 feet in order to accommodate the major promotional units and larger trailers.”
Presented by the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council, the event will be held Thursday, June 13, 2013 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston and is considered by many to be the premier networking event in the state, renowned for its ability to draw an estimated 2,500 business professionals from throughout New England.
“We’ve been exploring the idea of opening up the outdoor venue for the last few years, however we simply haven’t had the means to accommodate the basic logistics to make this happen,” said Lewis. “We were able secure the services of Creative Elements, a local event management outfit in Auburn familiar with the Trade Show, to help facilitate this exciting expansion.”
With overnight security provided, a first year flat rate of $475 per booth will be offered to all vendors, regardless of size, interested in participating in the outdoor venue. A $100 discount will be available for any vendors interested in purchasing both an indoor and outdoor exhibitor space.
“In order for us to continue to grow the excitement and anticipation of the event, we had to make an informed decision about what we could accommodate for an outdoor venue,” said Lewis. “Having successfully been 100 percent sold out the last seven years, we know there is a demand and backlog for this type of opportunity.”
Started in 1995, the event has grown in size and attendance every year. The 2012 event was the largest on record and featured over 185 booths and 167 exhibitors across 57 market and industry segments.
“For the last few years we have had to turn away businesses interested in participating at our event because we simply didn’t have the capability to showcase their business model indoors,” said Lewis. “This outdoor venue will provide us a real opportunity for vendors to demonstrate some exciting projects more appropriate in an outdoor setting.”
Recognizing that small businesses make up the majority of business growth in Maine, booth fees will remain the same as the previous year with costs ranging from $225 to $625 per indoor space. Additional discounts and savings are available for Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce members.
“I think we are making some very exciting improvements to the show this year in order to elevate the experience beyond anything our exhibitors and attendees have seen in a long time,” said Lewis. “We have always had a few outdoor exhibitors but we’ve never fully embraced this opportunity to expand. I think for the roughly 2,500 professionals we expect to attend, they will be pleasantly surprised with the quality of networking opportunities.”
Admission is free with a business card and free parking will be available the day of the show.
Entering the 18th year, the Business to Business Trade Show will focus on how businesses have built relationships from the ground up in order to grow their business.
“Ultimately this show is about networking and shaking hands,” added Lewis. “Even if a business is unable to exhibit, they can still attend and take advantage of the opportunity to interact with thousands of business professionals who are searching for new ideas and new business opportunities.”
As has been the case for the past seven years, booth exhibits are expected to sell out. For more information about exhibiting please visit www.b2bMaineTradeShow.com, call event organizer Calvin Rinck at (207) 784-0161, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Exclusive sponsorship opportunities and booths are still available.
About: The Androscoggin Business to Business Trade Show
Sold out the last seven years, the Androscoggin Business to Business Trade Show has grown to over 185 booths and approximately 2,500 attendees since 1995. Presented by the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council, the one day event is free of charge for those attending with a business card and remains the premier business networking event in Maine. For more information please visit www.b2bMaineTradeShow.com, call (207) 784-0161, email event organizer Calvin Rinck at email@example.com, or join the discussion on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MaineTradeShow.