Chamber seeks Expo sponsors

The Chamber of Commerce is looking for sponsors for the 14th annual Chamber of Commerce Business Expo.

Two premiere sponsors have signed on: Cable & Wireless and Cayman National. There is room for one more.

Premier sponsors receive six booths and sponsorship costs $12,500.

Major sponsors so far include Butterfield Bank, GT Automotive, Autohause, dms Broadcasting, Cayman Free Press and the Security Centre.

Major sponsor receive four booths and sponsorship is $6,500. There is room for three more major sponsors.

Supporting sponsors who have signed up are Gifts for All Occasions, Cayman Airways, Travel Pros, Ace/Security Laminates, Petique, Alfresco Advertising, Cayman Corker, Cayman Net News and MCM Consultants. Supporting sponsors get one booth for $750 or two booths for $1,250.

The expo takes place this October 12 to 14 at the Lions Centre, with the focus on encouraging people to buy locally and the slogan 6,000 customers, one location.

‘The whole noble purpose of this show is to really ensure that business is thriving in the country,’ said Chamber of Commerce CEO Wil Pineau.

‘The idea is to really showcase that the country has a lot to offer in terms of shopping locally.

Last year there were about 50 businesses involved with an estimated attendance of around 6,000.

Since the show’s inception in the early 1990s, millions of dollars of business has been conducted from it, said Mr. Pineau.

‘More than 30 new businesses have launched at the expo since we first started it in the early ’90s and I’m pleased to say that many of those businesses that have launched have become medium size businesses.’

Since its beginnings, the show has evolved into the island’s largest business showcase and is now at the Lions Centre each year, a facility which itself has seen significant improvements over the course of the event.

Now, many larger companies use this event as a signature event every year, from the telecom companies to retail outlets, they put this in their budget every year, said Mr. Pineau.

As a not-for-profit organisation, the Chamber has to cover costs and ensure they break even every year, so the whole purpose of the Expo is to give its members the opportunity to showcase their products at an affordable price, Mr. Pineau noted.

More than just booth space comes with sponsorship.

Premiere sponsors will appear on Cayman 27’s Daybreak show, participate in the opening ceremony, Fill every fourth flag space outside the Lions Centre, Get a full page colour ad in the September issue of The Chamber magazine, receive corporate mention during live TV telecasts, get their company’s name on the Lion’s Centre entrance banner, a photo in the January issue of The Chamber, an individual press release on sponsorship, a 500 word profile in the September issue of The Chamber, company logo on Chamber website and more.

Major sponsorship includes a framed professional photo of your booth, photo in the January issue of The Chamber, corporate mention during the expo, company logo on promotional material, a 250 word profile in the September issue of The Chamber, Company name on the Lion’s Centre gate banner, company logo on the Chamber website and more.

Supporting sponsors get a 100 word profile in the September issue of The Chamber, company name on the Lion’s Centre gate banner, company name on the Chamber website and more.

Contact the Chamber at 949-8090 if you’re interested in participating in the Chamber of Commerce Business Expo.

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