Maricopa businesses networked Tuesday at the B2B Expo at Central Arizona College. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

This year’s Business to Business Expo (B2B) moved to a new location and had a full house Tuesday.

Dan Beach, director of Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship, said organizers sold out the 50 available booth spaces at Central Arizona College.

“We are getting bigger and better,” Beach said. “We had three times more vendors.”

Co-sponsored by MCE, CAC and Maricopa Chamber of Commerce, B2B was a chance for local businesses and organizations to promote themselves. The room in the A building at CAC included stores, artists, services and nonprofits.

“We have a lot of home-based businesses in Maricopa, and they don’t get a lot of opportunities to get out and network and meet clients,” Beach said.

New business owners and businesses without storefronts had a rare chance to make connections. That included Debbie Everett of Haven House, who used B2B to spread the word about her new residential assisted-living facility. Lisa and Thomas Herschbach showed off her flagstone abstract art and his Arizona gemstones.

“It’s all about businesses finding clients and potential clients,” Beach said.

Well established business owners like Mike Richey of Ace Hardware, Glenda Kelley of Uniquely Sewn and Jim Burgess of All About Promotions also participated with attention-grabbing tables.

The expo had several artists who will also be displaying and selling at the Art on the Veranda event at the Duke Golf Course Nov. 7-8.

The CAC Culinary Department, headed by chef Diane Hernandez, provided appetizers and desserts to give students a service opportunity.

Participants:
Elite Community Services
AZ Golfers
Punch Music Media
Carole Ward
American Family Insurance
Pinal County Federal Credit Union
Maricopa Arts Council
Adobe Blinds
Debra Harmon Insurance
InMaricopa
A-1 Health & Wellness
Haven House
Legal Shield
J.A.M.E.S. Home Baked Goods
Janice Lohrmeyer
MuveMint LLC
All About Promotions
Jack Jackson Photography
Tillers Tool Rentals
WYS Education
Sage Point Advisors
Leadership Forum
Maricopa Fine Arts
MadiJAXmetal
Maricopa Greeters
Maricopa Chamber of Commerce
Ace Hardware
Markell Kellybrew
Progressive Financial Concepts
Nelda Mullins
Norma Strange
Pamela’s Gifted Hands and Pamela’s Cooking
Boodle Bouncers
Patrick Tinkam
Advanced Energy Systems
Dr. Patricia Neff
Uniquely Sewn
Artist Deborah Jay
Maricopa Real Estate Company
Artist Linda Demain
Herbalife
Balance Benefits Consulting
VinylWorks4U
Art on the Veranda
Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship
Sweet Pie Desserts
Maricopa Appliance
Mark Randolph
Artist Kaui Wilson
Kristi Renee
Benchmark Printing
Claire Bullivant
Jim Chaston CPA
Michelle Hoover
Sierra Rainge
Maricopa Relay for Life

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