Business EXPO Coming Up

This year’s Business Expo is coming up fast!  Put on every year by the Panama City Beach’s Chamber of Commerce, this year is the 18th year and the theme is “Around the World.”

The thing that’s cool about a business expo is it gives us an excuse to get out there, meet others in our business community and network with potential customers.  Of course, since we are business to business it’s especially fun.

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Vote NOW – Pick the best Business Expo Video

Two weeks ago the Panama City Beach’s Chamber of Commerce Business Expo raised the roof under the big top at Boardwalk Beach Resort.  This fantastic event showcased all the best businesses this area has to offer and threw in a little fun with a circus theme.  Mimes, jugglers, dancers and clowns were found wandering the creative booths that had everything from live performances to free peanuts.

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Business Expo at Edgwater Draws Big Crowds

Job seekers and business owners alike came from all over teh Panama City Beach area to brush shoulders and talk about the future.  Businesses in attednance ranged from Neves Media and ViaMedia to Musgrove Flowershop and Beach Scene.

“The economy is bad and I’m just looking for a job,” said one attendee.  Although most businesses in attendance weren’t there to “hire”, many locals came hopeful for an opportunity to again bring home the bacon.

“Do you know why everyone here is just here for the free stuff,” one local busines asked me. “Is it more than usual,” I asked.  Their answer was without hesitation, yes.

Just about anything could be seen on the show floor.  A man, who after blowing up a 6 foot baloon, stuffed himself inside it, stuck only his head out and presumed to dance around.  Girls where spotted wearing anything from brown bags, boxes and even bikinis, spelling of sun tan lotion – everyone goaled at promoting their business.

“We had around 2,000 people come through Business Expo yesterday.  103 businesses exhibited, which is 25% up from our last Expo in 2007 (Superheroes).  Everyone loved it, from the Green Room which showcased the “green” side of Bay County with recycling, green and sustainable practices, nature, and eco-excursions, to the booths and costumes decked out with “The Nature of Business” theme, to the Green Entertainment (Todd Herendeen and his band) to Edgewater’s “Global Cooler” martinis!  Most of the Exhibitors gave away prizes including massive gift baskets, facials and cosmetic procedures, several months of free storage units, T-shirts, teddy bears, portraits, kayak and canoe trips, and even a Hobie kayak!  The event was deemed a huge success and everyone had a really good time.” – Marta Rose

I was talking to Noel at Cyber Sytes and he was telling me these events are big for them because it gives them another opportunity to promote business to business and network with other local business owners.  Hmm, looks like PCBDaily should’ve had a booth there.  Maybe next year?

16th Annual Business Expo in Panama City Beach

The Panama City Beach Chamber’s 16th Annual Business Expo is Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at Edgewater Beach Resort, from 3:00 to 7:00 pm.  Business Expo 2009 is presented by Pier Park and sponsored by Comcast, Knology, the News Herald, Edgewater Beach Resort, Barefoot Beach Club/By the Sea Resorts, Innovations Federal Credit Union, Waste Management and Regions Bank.  Media sponsors include Beach TV, WMBB News 13, WJHG News 7, Magic Broadcasting, Beach 95.1 Radio, Clear Channel, Viamedia, Panama City Radio Group and Lamar Advertising.

Business Expo serves the business community with a comprehensive B2B tradeshow displaying wide-ranging trades and industries.  It entertains thousands of locals and families with a fun theme (“The Nature of Business”), decor, costumes, music, a “Best Booth” competition, food and a cash bar.  It’s an opportunity for consumers to get out and take note of hundreds of area businesses showcasing their newest, most innovative products and services.  Over three thousand people attended the last Business Expo.

This year the Chamber is proud to present four Green workshops.  These “mini-presentations” will run every 45 minutes throughout the event and take place in the Green Room, a specially designated area set aside for businesses showcasing their green/sustainable products and services.

3:15 – 4:00    “What is LEED?”
John Toppe, Founding President of U.S. Green Building Council, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter

4:15 – 5:00    “Green Overview:  What Footprint will YOU Leave?”
Tammy McDaniel, Fort Walton Beach Chamber

5:15 – 6:00    “Energy Efficient Home Performance”
Tim Welch, Peaden Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing

6:15 – 7:00    “Introduction to Ecotourism in Bay County”
John D. Tobe, Ph.D., Director of Ecological Restoration and Conservation,
Ecological Resource Consultants, Inc.

More information on these workshop topics will be available at Thirty Days of Green and the Bay Green Expo on May 16th at Gulf Coast Community College (www.baygreenexpo.com).

This year the Expo is charging a $1-per-person Admission Fee, which will go to the Chamber’s Education Foundation helping local schools.  For more information call the Panama City Beach Chamber at (850) 235-1159.

2009 Business Expo at Edgewater Beach Resort

It’s that time again…for the Panama City Beach Chamber’s Annual Business Expo, and this year Panama City Beach’s first family entertainment complex, Pier Park, is presenting the event.  On Tuesday, April 21, 2009 the 16th Annual Business Expo will be held at Edgewater Beach Resort, from 3:00 to 7:00 pm.  Hundreds of area businesses will be showcasing their newest, most innovative products and services.  Over three thousand people attended the last Business Expo.

For 2009, Business Expo explores the world of GREEN, with “The Nature of Business” as its central theme.  While not distinctively a “save the planet” event, the Panama City Beach Chamber hopes to engage in ‘sustainability’ and ‘going green’ increasingly, and promote those practices in all of its events.  Exhibitor Booths cost $250 for Chamber members and $450 for non-members.  Double and Triple Booths are also available.

This year the Expo is charging a $1-per-person Admission Fee, which will go to the Chamber’s Education Foundation helping local schools.  For more information call the Panama City Beach Chamber at (850) 235-1159.