After 20 years, the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce is revamping its annual event showcasing local companies.
The Business Expo is now retired and being replaced with CayShop 2012. The new showcase has a special category of registrations to allow involvement by smaller companies and artisans who may not have been able to participate in the former events.
In addition to the new branding, the business showcase has a new location at The Arc at Camana Bay. Taking place from 25-27 October, CayShop is also being held a bit later in the year than previous Business Expos.
Chamber CEO Wil Pineau said, “This is an exciting move for us and we are delighted that we are able to include more exhibitors. The Arc is a great location and visitors will have the opportunity to get some fantastic deals as all our exhibitors are offering special deals that will only be available at the CayShop event. This year the event is a little later so it’s an ideal time to pick up some early Christmas gifts at a great price.”
CayShop kicks off with an invitation-only event Thursday that is open to Chamber members. The showcase will be open to the general public on Friday from noon-8pm and Saturday from 10am-5pm.
As usual, LIME will have a significant presence at the event. Julie Hutton, marketing manager, LIME Cayman Islands said, “We are once again a major sponsor of this event and are delighted with the new location and the inclusion of local artisans and smaller businesses. We fully support shopping local during this tough economy and by supporting our local businesses we are supporting our local residents. Our booth will be an exciting place to visit with lots of hands on ‘toys’ to touch, feel and play with. We encourage everyone to come out and support this event.”
The Health Services Authority is also a major CayShop sponsor. At the event, the authority will provide free blood pressure testing, glucose testing, cholesterol testing and influenza vaccines.
Other exhibitors will also offer deals.
Otis Air is offering 10-25 per cent discounts off products and services, plus special service rates and project installations.
Silver Rain Spa is offering $25 Silver Dollars to be put toward a 60-minute service or $50 Silver Dollars to put toward a 90-minute service purchased at the event. People can select from a menu of 30-minute Silver Lined Luxury treatments for $76 each, and can enter for a chance to win a 90-minute spa service.
Tina Foster Photography is offering a 15 per cent discount on all portrait and wedding packages booked at the show and is giving away a 30-minute location portrait package valued at $200.
Cayman Echoic Services is offering discounts on therapy sessions and products. People can enter for a chance to win therapy CDs, a whisper phone and a grand prize of a listening test from Tomatis.
The Finishing Touch is offering discounts of up to 50 per cent on selected jewellery. People can enter for a chance to win a matching jewellery set.
Cayman Spirits Company is offering discounts of 50 per cent on volume-based retail items.
SteppingStones Recruitment Ltd. will offer advice and information to job seekers and people looking for career growth. That will include effective resume writing, interview techniques, how to get ahead in your job/career and the importance of lifelong learning.
Stingray Kisses Hot Fresh Mini Donuts will be cooking donuts right at the event.