EXHIB-IT! B2B Expo 2015 Recap

June 12, 2015

B2B Expo

Just when I thought our 7th Annual event last year was the best one yet, this 8th Annual B2B EXHIB-IT! Expo held on June 9, 2015, brought in 693 attendees with a buzz in the room demonstrating interaction in business and networking. You could feel the energy in the exhibit hall and the social media interaction with Snapshare social media kiosks, technology interaction with the scavenger hunt via text messaging for door prizes and the live streaming at event.

The exhibitors set up from 1 pm – 4 pm on the day of the event and all were ready when doors opened at 5 pm.  The 30+ volunteers made check in and registration so much easier as the attendees came in, picked up their name badge and were handed the Social Media interaction info sheets and the premiere exhibitor passports.

The event was held again at the NM Expo and we added two new elements to provide education to exhibitors and attendees.  There were 11 Roundtables with valuable information from speakers for two sessions (5:40 pm – 6:00 pm and 6:30 pm – 6:50 pm) as shown below.

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  • Dennis Houston, True North Business Navigation – State business incentives that you may not know about
  • Bob Walton, Vice President, Albuquerque Economic Development – Economic Development partners that provide services that impact your bottom line
  • Wendy Ederer, Owner of Dynamic Growth Business Resource Center – comprehensive resources and trainings aimed at your level of experience.
  • Bill Bice, Owner ABQid – Why the Next Microsoft Won’t Leave Albuquerque
  • Lonnie Talbert, Chief Operating Officer & Bernalillo County Commissioner
    COO, Southwest Capital Bank – How to Obtain Financial Capital for your Business
  • Gary Oppedahl, Director of Economic Development, City of Albuquerque – How to be an Entrepreneur in ABQ.
  • Steve Becerra, Tax Accountant, The Becerra Group – The Eyes have it–Which Taxing Authorities are watching you?
  • Jennifer Sinsabaugh, Operations Director, NMMEP – Sparking Business Growth through Innovation
  • Larry Larranaga, New Mexico House of Representative, State of New Mexico – Legislative Wrap up from 2015 Session
  • Anna Muller, President, Neda Business Consultants, Inc – Contracting with Federal, City, County, State Government and Prime Contractors
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The People’s Choice – Best Local Brand Award

We also added a People’s Choice – Best Local Brand Contest for Nonprofit category and Commercial category.  Branding is my passion and supporting local business growth is my purpose. Being Past President of KeepitQUERQUE (Buy Local. Grow Local. Thrive Local.) and Past President of NM American Marketing Association ties together wanting to help nonprofits and local businesses capture who really has the Best Local Brand.  Applications were filled out online in May and the NM American Marketing Association selected the Top 3 Finalists in each category. After the finalists were selected, the voting went public on Facebook through 630 pm at the event in addition to having ballot voting for those who were not as savvy in social media voting but wanted to vote.  The ballots were counted, along with the Social Media votes with an award Ceremony at 7 pm with DJ Heckes, CEO of EXHIB-IT! and Gary Oppedahl, Director of Economic Development for the City of Albuquerque presenting the crystal awards donated by Awards, Etc. and each winner received donated prizes listed below.

Nonprofit Winner:

  • Recognition and Award Acknowledgment on stage during the B2B Expo in front of media, press, and over 400 other local businesses – Including a Crystal Recognition Award from Awards Etc.
  • One (1) Retractable Banner Stand (with design), courtesy of EXHIB-IT! – valued at over $500.00
  • Two (2) Social Media announcements from Albuquerque Business First & EXHIB-IT! – to an audience of over 12,746. – valued at over $500
  • One (1) $250 Gift Certificate for printed materials from Albuquerque AlphaGraphics
  • One (1) 30 Second Commercial, including preproduction, filming, editing, upload to YouTube, and file transfer to company, courtesy of Streaming NM. – valued at over $1,100

Commercial Winner:

  • Recognition and Award Acknowledgment on stage during the B2B Expo in front of media, press, and over 400 other local businesses – Including a Crystal Recognition Award from Awards Etc.
  • One (1) Retractable Banner Stand (with design), courtesy of EXHIB-IT! – valued at over $500.00
  • Two (2) Social Media announcements from Albuquerque Business First & EXHIB-IT! – to an audience of over 12,746. – valued at over $500
  • 300×250 Cube Ad placement on 770 & KTBL website for 1 month, with link to website, and a 6’ Table Booth Space at a quarterly Net@5 Events – valued at over $770
Sponsors of The People’s Choice Best Local Brand Award

Sponsors of The People’s Choice Best Local Brand Award

Congratulations to the winner of the #B2BExpoNM #BestLocalBrand Award, in the #Nonprofit Category, Joy Junction and to #Commercial Category, La Montanita Co-op.

Having Streaming NM and Action Audio as Platinum Sponsors providing Live Social Media Streaming and large screens with AV for providing the technology needed for live texting, social media interaction was again well perceived to provide great interaction with all in attendance. The positive comments about the event keep coming in through social media and emails!

King Mobile Music provided background music and was there to support us for the entire event with our live texting scavenger hunt.  Jeffrey Candelaria, as always, was a great master of ceremonies!  Our Official Photographer again this year was Shayla Edenfield of Affordable Wedding Photography and she was there to capture interaction and activity for archiving the historical moments of our event.

The nonprofit selected to be the recipient of ALL Silent Auction proceeds was Keshet Dance Company.  The event raised around $7,198 helping to fund mentorship programs for incarcerated and socio-economically disadvantaged youth; an unlimited, non-competitive scholarship program for children under 18; outreach to dancers of all levels and abilities; our repertory and pre-professional programs; and vital cultural exchanges with other cities in the US and abroad!   EXHIB-IT! donated a $2200 tabletop Xsnap exhibit with full graphics and a logo table throw to Keshet Dance Company to help them with marketing and awareness when at events.

This year thanks to my awesome professional staff and the 30+ volunteers, I was able to walk the event and interact with the Exhibitors and attendees for the entire event!

Overall I was very pleased to see the event was a huge success. I personally thank everyone who participated and attended, especially to all our Sponsors who supported all the outreach with media, marketing, technology and services and to our Premier Diamond Sponsor Southwest Capital Bank and our Platinum Cash Sponsors Abba Technologies, First Nations Community Healthsource and PG Enterprises.  We will continue to work at making this event a memorable one every year!

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR  Sponsors who contributed to make this event not only memorable, but possible as each year we increase in size and so does the costs to host this event!

A Special Thanks to our upcoming 8th Annual Expo Event Sponsors!

B2B Expo Premier Diamond Sponsor, Southwest Capital Bank, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Trade Show

Host & Producer:

EXHIB-IT!

Premier Diamond Event Sponsor:

Southwest Capital Bank
Main Event Platinum Sponsors:

I Works NM, ABBA Technologies, ABBA Technologies New Mexico, Cloud Work

Albuquerque Business First B2B Expo Sponsor

Main Event LIVE! Streaming Sponsor:

PLATINUM Event Sponsors:

770 KKOB
ABBA Technologies
Action Audio Visual
Albuquerque Business First
First Nations Community HealthSource
Garcia’s Kitchen
PG Enterprises

Main Event LIVE! Streaming Sponsor:

Streaming NM

GOLD Event Sponsors:

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Master of Ceremonies:

Jeffrey Candelaria
Business Development Officer
Bank of the West

Sincerely,

DJ Heckes
CEO • EXHIB-IT!

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