Exhibiting Opportunities for Businesses and Organizations

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Joy Marshall, joym@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs
Lyons, NE – Businesses and organizations have an opportunity to apply for an exhibitor booth at the 2008 MarketPlace: Opening Doors to Success conference. A maximum of 50 booths will be accepted.
This is the second year for the conference. It will be held in Columbus, Nebraska at the New World Inn, Wednesday, February 27, 2008.

Exhibiting at MarketPlace is an excellent decision to reach a professional audience. This year the networking area will again feature 50 exhibit booths filled with successful small business men and women, service providers, and other conference sponsors. Last year there was a waiting list for exhibitors.

“I thought that the opportunity to have a presence at MarketPlace was a very big plus for South Central Economic Development District (SCEDD).  It was inexpensive to have a display booth and we had many people pass through. I was amazed by how many people came from all over Nebraska. It was a good turnout for a first time event,” commented SCEDD member Vince Reyes from Kearney.

Benefits of exhibiting include reaching hundreds of key decision makers, building and developing business relationships, creating a positive and lasting impression on the market, meeting new customers and networking with others.

“I handed out 150 business cards. I now have emails from attendees who are viable clients. I have met with several who have become clients,” said Connie Harvey, presenter and exhibitor at MarketPlace 2007, from Hastings, Nebraska.

The conference offers training, networking, and professional development opportunities for startup and existing small businesses, service providers, rural communities, and family farmers and ranchers.

Visit http://www.cfra.org/marketplace/home  for more on MarketPlace. Those interested in exhibitor information should contact Joy Marshall, joym@cfra.org, (402) 614- 5558 or visit http://www.cfra.org/marketplace/exhibits .

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