Regional shows afford the ability to make a number of critical contacts at trade shows that turn into very lucrative business relationships and partnerships. Contacting industry associations will move you to these regional shows. Public Shows are a great alternative to renting costly retail space, hiring year round staff, and keeping formal hours. Take a look at both of these areas for New Entrepreneurs and Savvy Business Professionals.
- Choosing the right trade show is key. Trade shows are pricey, so it’s important to pick the right ones.
- Trade associations can be a great resource because they will have a deep understanding of your business segment and
- Researching at national shows as an attendee and then moving into exhibiting at a regional level may be a great
- Always scrutinize the attendee list before signing your contract.
Trade Show Associations
http://www.hcea.org/ – Healthcare and Exhibitors Association oversees more than 900 events per year in the healthcare industry, the majority at regional level and they are a great resource for medical industry questions.
http://10times.com/usa/food-beverage – new resource from an old friend – just click in your country and your industry and up pops your list for a year across the country, of both national and regional shows.
http://www.tsnn.com/ – Tried and true, with what seems like all of the possible information you could need – plug in your month, city, country, industry and you will get every style of show imaginable.
ABC Kids Expo, http://www.theabcshow.com/ ABC Kids Expo (All Baby & Child), founded in March, 2003, is a partnership of juvenile industry manufacturers and retailers organized for the purpose of
Air Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Institute, http://www.ari.org/ – we strive to help save energy, improve productivity, and ensure a better environment
American Gaming Association, http://www.americangaming.org/ – addresses federal legislative and regulatory issues affecting the casino industry, such as taxation, travel and tourism
American Pet Products Association, http://www.americanpetproducts.org – mission is to promote, develop and advance pet ownership and the pet products industry and to provide the services necessary to help its members prosper
American Wind Energy Association, http://www.awea.org/ pushes forward wind energy industry policy, regulatory, and business development objectives.
Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week, http://www.aaiwshow.com/ – combining the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association and Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo into the largest annual gathering of small businesses on the planet. It’s the place where more than 125,000 industry professionals connect to do automotive business.
CTIA the Wireless Association, http://www.ctia.org/ – coordinates the industry’s voluntary efforts to provide consumers with a variety of choices and information regarding their wireless products and services
Consumer Electronics Association , http://www.ce.org/ the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $195 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry.
Interbike , http://www.interbike.com/ is the premier cycling trade event in North America, a one stop opportunity to connect with the entire industry
International Housewares Association, http://www.housewares.org/ – is strategically positioned to connect, inform, support and enable its international membership to lead in the global marketplace
North American Music Merchants, http://www.namm.org/ – strengthens the music products industry and promote the pleasures and benefits of making music
MAGIC, http://www.magiconline.com/ – has become the most influential force in fashion.
Medical Design & Manufacturing West, http://www.canontradeshows.com is the world’s largest medical OEM event. MD&M West features every category of medical design and manufacturing
National Association Home Builders Association, http://www.nahb.org/ – a trade association that helps promote the policies that make housing a national priority
National Hardware Show, http://www.nationalhardwareshow.com/ – is a housing after-market show that brings together manufacturers and resellers of all products used to remodel, repair, maintain and decorate the home and garden.
National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), http://www.nacsonline.com/ – is a trade association representing the convenience and fuel retailing industry
National Restaurant Association, http://www.restaurant.org/ – advocate for restaurant and foodservice industry interests and provide tools and systems that help members of all sizes achieve success
National Shooting Sports Foundation, http://www.nssf.org/ – the trade show for America’s firearms industry
Natural Products Expo, http://www.expowest.com/ showcases the entire value chain of healthy products from start to finish, identifying the bestsellers of today and the trends of tomorrow.
North American Broadcasters Association, http://www.nabanet.com/ – NABA’s mission is to identify and study issues affecting North American broadcast interest
Offshore Technology Conference, http://www.otcnet.org/ – is the world’s foremost event for the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection
Power-Gen International, http://www.power-gen.com/ – POWER-GEN International is the industry leader in providing comprehensive coverage of trends, technologies and issues facing the generation sector.
Specialty Food Association, http://www.specialtyfood.com/association/ – Not-for-profit business trade association established to foster trade, commerce, and interest in the specialty food industry.
Supply Side Events, http://marketplace.supplysideshow.com/ SupplySide is the leading destination for the exploration, discovery, innovation and market strategy that fuels the healthier marketplace
The Association For Manufacturing Technology, https://www.amtonline.org/ , represents and promotes U.S.-based manufacturing technology and its members—those who design, build, sell, and service the continuously evolving technology that lies at the heart of manufacturing.
The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, http://www.pmmi.org/, is a trade association made up of more than 650 member companies that manufacture packaging, processing and packaging-related converting machinery, commercially-available packaging machinery components, containers and materials in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
The Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition & Conference, http://www.hftp.org/ -offers a unique combination of top-notch hospitality technology education, led by industry peers and experts
The Produce Marketing Association, http://www.pma.com/ – is the leading global trade association serving the entire produce and floral supply chains by enhancing the marketing of produce, floral, and related products
The Radiological Society of North America, http://www.rsna.org/ – is the single most important radiology gathering in the country, if not the world
The Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering, https://www.sampe.org/ – provides a unique and valuable forum for scientists, engineers, and academicians
The Vision Council, http://www.thevisioncouncil.org/ , presents international Vision Expo & Conference the pre-eminent fashion and medical eyecare events on the east and west coast each year
When you’re at the show, many exhibitors just spend time at their booth. Bring a few people to staff your booth so you have time to network during the conference and walk the exhibit hall. Trade shows are great places to meet others in your industry and explore partnerships. Regional shows afford the ability to make a number of critical contacts at trade shows that turn into very lucrative business relationships and partnerships. Of course, you’ll want to spend some time at your booth, but if you’re tied to it you’ll miss other opportunities at the show. Regional shows are usually in smaller cities with more affordable housing, convention costs, attend- ability – take advantage of all of these things and stand out in the crowd.