If you’re ready to take your small business startup to the next level, I suggest participating in the 2016 Small Business Expo. The next Expo is coming up in Boston (April 7th), Chicago (April 21st), and Dallas (May 19th). This is the largest B2B Small Business Expo in the country and is a combination of a business networking event, trade show, and conference. The Small Business Expo is free to attend, however, if you want to grow your small business I strongly suggest that you participate in the Expo as an partner.
The Benefits of Being a Partner at the Small Business Expo
There are some major benefits that you can experience by participating in the Small Business Expo as a partner. One of those benefits is the ability to reach thousands of potential customers for your small business startup. The Small Business Expo takes place multiple times during the year (in different cities) and 3,000 to 7,000 attendees come to the Expo (in each city) each year. Additionally, key decision makers attend the event which means the person who is responsible for making the decision to buy your product or service is most likely the person you’ll meet! This also gives you the chance to make new contacts and build your email list. You can’t beat that.
There’s Still Time to Get Funding to Participate in the Small Business Expo
Attending the Expo is free but if you want to get the most out of it you’ll become a partner. There is a fee to be a partner. There will also be fees to cover the cost of setting up your booth. The fees may not be cheap but are well worth it. Companies like Vistaprint and American Express also participate in the Expo as partners (i.e. exhibitors). It may serve you well to apply for funding to cover the costs associated with having a booth at the Expo so your small business startup can compete with the “big dogs.”
If you are considering becoming a partner with the Small Business Expo, and you’ve already inquired about a partnership with them, you may want to contact LenCred to find out if you qualify for funding. If you have good personal credit, LenCred may be able to help you obtain up to $250,000 for your small business startup to participate in the Expo. Go ahead and start building your brand. Contact LenCred today for help.