Business Expo 2008 continues

Maria Hoover, SBJ Features EditorEconomic downturn or not, the vendors at Business Expo 2008 are serious about enticing customers. SBJ Circulation Director Diana Weber and I stopped at OTC for another spin-n-win game. There are lots of these, so I’m sensing a theme of sorts.

I walked away with a nice candy-filled mug (good thing, ’cause my kids NEED more sugar!) and Diana snagged a $50 credit for a class. She’s pretty excited; she says she never wins anything.

Incredible Pizza Co. is giving away gift card prizes at its booth at the Business Expo.

Incredible Pizza Co. is giving away gift card prizes at its booth at the Business Expo.

We both snagged $5 game cards from the folks at Incredible Pizza Co., and I have to say my little green bag is FULL of business cards, brochures and pens.

People are a little thrown off, I think, to walk by and see me typing here at the “desk” in our booth.

I just met a woman, Amanda Brown, who wanted to know more about our Sept. 22 Women in Business issue. I wish I’d known of her as we put that issue together, but I’ll keep her contacts on file for next year. Turns out, Brown’s spearheading Women Who Mean Business, which, according to her card, is a mastermind alliance group dedicated to women. Brown tells me WWMB is aimed at helping women grow professionally. Activities center on goal setting and education, with a bit of networking thrown in.

In addition to our annual Women in Business issue, we just finished up our 20 Most Influential Women event on Sept. 26, so I know that definitely, the Ozarks is full of women who mean business.

I think I’ll go see if I can meet a few more of them, but first, more fun stuff: a Frisbee from Adecco, a pillbox from Sterling Health Plans, a new calculator from the Jordan Valley Innovation Center booth and a color-changing cup from the folks at BKD. There’s some cool stuff to be had. And for those who are stuck at work, the good news is there’s time to stop by the Expo after 5.

And speaking of being stuck at work, it’s funny how many folks have stopped by and said, “You had to come to the Expo and work?” It’s the perfect opening to tell them about SBJ’s blog, and, of course, the brand new sbj.net.

Who knew work could be so much fun

Click here to browse a gallery of photos from Thursday’s Expo.

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