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.
Elite Community Services
Punch Music Media
American Family Insurance
Pinal County Federal Credit Union
Maricopa Arts Council
Debra Harmon Insurance
A-1 Health & Wellness
J.A.M.E.S. Home Baked Goods
All About Promotions
Jack Jackson Photography
Tillers Tool Rentals
Sage Point Advisors
Maricopa Fine Arts
Maricopa Chamber of Commerce
Progressive Financial Concepts
Pamela’s Gifted Hands and Pamela’s Cooking
Advanced Energy Systems
Dr. Patricia Neff
Artist Deborah Jay
Maricopa Real Estate Company
Artist Linda Demain
Balance Benefits Consulting
Art on the Veranda
Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship
Sweet Pie Desserts
Artist Kaui Wilson
Jim Chaston CPA
Maricopa Relay for Life