NE Pinal Business & Tech Expo set for Oct. 6 at Poston Butte High

By Ashton Graham

SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. - The Northeastern Pinal Business & Technology Expo will be held at Poston Butte High School on Thu., Oct. 6, from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. in the San Tan Valley.

The goal of the expo is to provide small businesses an opportunity to make personal contacts with people who buy products and/or services.

Small Businesses, with an emphasis on Women/Minority/Disabled/Veteran-Owned businesses, are invited to apply for an opportunity to meet with large corporate and public agency buyers.

Small businesses will be matched with buyers from big businesses and public agencies and meet with them for a specific length of time. This gives the small business person a chance to let potential buyers see who they are and to determine if the product or service fits their needs.

A new addition to the expo this year will increase the learning opportunities for the attendees by offering mini-workshops on business related technologies and having additional technology venders.

"We're very pleased with the response to this regional event, from both small and big businesses," Jack Malpass, who works in Central Arizona College's Small Business Development Center, said. "There will be a number of ways for small businesses to promote themselves and to interact with others. Our goal is to strengthen the regional business community through this event."

To help small businesses with their presentations, a short training meeting is scheduled for 5:30 pm on Wed., Oct. 5, at Poston Butte High School. There also will be a walk-through of the next day's event during the training meeting as businesses go from interviews with buyers to business-to-business networking sessions, technology mini-workshops, and information booths.

Sponsors of Northeastern Pinal Business & Technology Expo include Central Arizona College's Small Business Development Center, SRP, the U.S. Small Business Administration, APS, Superstition Area Networking & Development Group (SAND), San Tan Valley Chamber of Commerce and the San Tan Regional Chamber.

Advanced registration is required. For more information and registration please visit www.centralaz.edu/biz and select Northeastern Pinal Business & Technology Expo from the list on the right, or contact Lorrie Pena (520-494-6610/SBDC@centralaz.edu).

Central Arizona College - District Office 8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ 85128 Phone: 800-237-9814