2019 B2B Expo Recap
12th Annual B2B Expo Was Amazing!
Our 12th Annual B2B Expo, held at Isleta Resort & Casino on April 23, 2019, turned out to be another great event. Even though the weather was not at all helpful — a lot of folks who pre-purchased tickets were unable to make it due to an unexpected hail storm! — it certainly didn’t stop Expo participants from …
networking and gathering leads …
playing games …
enjoying yummy treats provided by our food sponsors …
and winning valuable door prizes!
New and Different for 2019
Best Local Brewery Contest
Just when I think the B2B event is a unique turnkey system, we keep adding and changing things up to ensure a better ROI for sponsors, exhibitors and attendees.
For the 2019 event, we added the Best Local Brewery competition, the first one ever in New Mexico. In all, six local breweries participated, including Bosque Brewing Company, Canteen Brewhouse, Kaktus Brewing Company, Rio Bravo Brewing Company, Santa Fe Brewing Company, and Second Street Brewery.
During the competition, each brewery offered two samples – an IPA and a seasonal flavor – that attendees could taste and vote on live at the show. We had Channel 4 News show up to capture the essence of the event with people tasting and voting live.
At the end of the night, Bosque Brewing Company won First Place for their seasonal flavor “Mango Mujer.” Their prize was over $6,800 in marketing and advertising prizes donated by Albuquerque Business First, Cumulus Broadcasting, and EXHIB-IT! Second Place went to Santa Fe Brewery for their seasonal flavor “Social Hour.” They won a banner stand with design from EXHIB-IT!
In addition, for 2019 we asked that all exhibitors set up their booths the night BEFORE the event so that we could have one of our sponsors, Debbie Denk of 24 Hour Open house, create a virtual tour of the B2B Expo.
The virtual tour provides a 360-degree close-up look of the entire exhibitor hall. If you weren’t able to attend our 2019 Expo, take a virtual walk-through and see it now:
Best Local Brand Award
Back by popular demand, we also hosted the Best Local Brand contest. This award allowed participants to cast votes online for their favorite Nonprofit and Commercial brands starting in February. The Nonprofit category winner was Family Friendly of New Mexico, and the Commercial category winner was New Mexico Sabor, both of whom also won $6,800 in marketing and advertising awards from Albuquerque Business First, Cumulus Broadcasting and EXHIB-IT!
In addition, the Pre-Event Educational Roundtables brought in over 140 local business professionals, who got a chance to sit down with their choice of two out of ten dynamic educational speakers, each of whom donated their time to the event. Roundtable topics included Best Practices in Cannabis-What you Need to Know, Generational Differences, Human Resources, Marketing, Operational Excellence, Public Relations, Start and Grow Your Business with the SBA, Strategic Networking, Technology, and Work/Life Integration.
Feedback and Comments from Attendees
“Once again, the B2B Expo did not disappoint. I always meet new business professionals I wouldn’t have otherwise, and find new vendors I need for my business. My favorite networking event of the year!”
“This is one of the TOP networking events in the ABQ metro — a must attend event.”
“Every year, we look forward to the B2B Expo. It’s a one-of-a-kind event offering interaction with a majority of the businesses in Albuquerque, all under one roof.”
Event Metrics and Survey Results
Click the image below to see the results of our post-event Attendee Survey.
Thank you to all of our 2019 Sponsors
We couldn’t put on this event year after year without the generous support of our sponsors. The entire business community of Albuquerque and Central New Mexico truly benefits from this type of gathering, and our sponsors realize the value in that.
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