2016 Nanaimo Business Expo Coming October 20th

August 18, 2016

NANAIMO – The Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce is presenting the 9th Annual Business Expo sponsored by Coastal Community Credit Union, Thursday, October 20, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre.

The trade show is targeted both to the public and for business to business marketing. Business Expo began as a way for Nanaimo businesses to meet each other, and to network in an environment where their products and services could be on display. It was like a pop-up shopping mall for business.

This year, well over 100 exhibitors will share the experience and meet hundreds of contacts and customers. This year, Business Expo celebrates BC Small Business Month as well as National Manufacturing Month.

It’s no secret that small businesses are a mainstay of the Nanaimo economy but it might come as a surprise that manufacturers are increasing in numbers in the mid-Island. Additionally, exports are becoming a bigger focus of Nanaimo business interests, and not just by manufacturers. Software developers, educators, agri-food producers, craft distillers, wineries and others are all seeking support in their export endeavours.

Two reasons for the Chamber to bring some special guests aboard. Public Works Canada is assembling up to twenty booths from agencies, ministries and non-profits offering government services and funding support to small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Together, the organizations will also be offering a series of breakout sessions with topics like “How to Sell to Government”, “Pillars of Start Up” and “Access to Financing”. The Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association will present a luncheon with a keynote speaker addressing “Trade & Export” from Vancouver Island.

At the end of the day, Community Futures hosts an Awards Reception honouring Best Booth, Most Interactive and People’s Choice titles. The reception, hosted by the Coast Bastion, includes appetizers and refreshments. Access to the Trade Show and breakout sessions are free but there is a small fee for the luncheon, and for non- exhibitors to attend the Awards Reception.

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