Businesses to network, show off products at Somerton Business Expo
Businesses and nonprofit organizations from around Yuma County will have a chance to network and show off their goods and services today in Somerton in the Somerton Business Expo.
The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the gymnasium on Somerton Middle School, 1011 N. Somerton Ave., and is free and open to the public.
The expo brings together businesses and nonprofit organizations to establish contacts with one another and to display their products and services to residents who turn out for the event.
“The goal is to crate a single center where small businesses can get resources at one time, and where they can get to know one another,” said Shaun Cassidy, the executive director of the Somerton Chamber of Commerce and the city's economic development director.
This is the second year that the city and the chamber have organized the expo as part of their efforts to stimulate economic development in Somerton.
Cassidy said more than 70 businesses and nonprofits have reserved booth space in the gym to be able to exhibit their goods and sources. That's about twice the number that took part in the inaugural expo in 2012.
While the deadline has passed for businesses to sign up for a booth, Cassidy said businesses around Yuma County are invited to send representatives to expo to make contacts.
Aside from exhibits, the expo will features speakers who will discuss a variety of topics of interest to attendees. The speakers lineup is:
• PPEP Microbusiness, scheduled to speak on the topics of business counseling, financing for business start-ups and Small Business Administration loans for existing businesses.
• MGM Design, presenting the topic of how businesses can launch their brands and maintain a web presence affordably.
• MCCS Marketing, speaking on marketing to military, and sponsorship opportunities for family, single Marine and sporting events.
• Yuma Investment Group, speaking on establishing financial strategies and selecting suitable investments.
• The Better Business Bureau of Arizona, presenting the topic of setting standards for marketplace trust, encouraging best practices.
• The Yuma Sun and Bajo El Sol newspapers, discussing how businesses can make the best use of their advertising dollars.