- May 21, 2018
In today’s fast paced digital world, businesses don’t always have an opportunity to make face-to-face connections with prospective customers. However, an event such as the Chamber’s Business Expo can help members make those contacts in new and valuable ways. Surveys from past participants cite the ability to build brand awareness, unveil a new product or service to a receptive audience, generate leads and build lasting customer relationships.
Hosted by the Northbrook, Deerfield Bannockburn Riverwoods (DBR) and Glenview Chambers at the Hilton Chicago Northbrook, the Expo has space for up to 67 exhibitors. In the convenience of one setting, the event offers members a turnkey opportunity to showcase their business using their own creativity limited only by the space allowed. The event is heavily promoted and draws a wide audience of over 400 business and civic leaders from throughout the North Shore.
“Last year was my first year to participate in the Expo as I had recently joined the Chamber,” comments Marc Levin, ShelfGenie. “Not only was the event well executed, and the turnout better than I expected, it was also a great opportunity for me to introduce myself and ShelfGenie to the local business community and meet potential clients. Immediately following the event I committed to be an exhibitor again this year!”
Gaining a big return on a relatively small investment is another advantage cited by repeat exhibitors. “I made three to four great contacts with national accounts,” comments Jim Broderick, Money Mailer. “The potential money to be made far exceeds the cost associated with being an exhibitor.”
Exhibitors also appreciate the fact that the event draws a large number of attendees. “The audience more than met my expectations,” notes Michael Zywicki, Emerald Place. “It was a good mix of people.”
“It was my first Expo and I didn’t know what to expect — I was blown away by the amount of people,” commented Brady Pankow, Ruth’s Chris Steak House. “The audience was good and very receptive,” adds Marilena Tanasescu, Northbrook Bank & Trust. “The venue was great, the parking easy, appetizers were delicious. I will be an exhibitor again this year!”
The Chamber organizes a fun scavenger hunt to encourage attendees to circulate the room and check out as many exhibitors as possible while enjoying complimentary refreshments.
Exhibitors are provided with a 6 foot skirted table, postcards to help promote the event, a listing on all collateral material, including local newspaper ads, the Chamber newsletter and the website. Premium exhibitors are guaranteed wall space assignment, extra space for floor signage, and electricity. Refer to the enclosed flyer for early bird pricing. After June 22, the cost increases. Early registration is encouraged, as space sells out every year.
Partial List of Expo Exhibitors
- 22nd Century Media
- ARC Homecare and Nursing Professionals
- Bright Horizons at Northbrook
- Chaos Tamers Professional Organizing
- Chicago’s North Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Covenant Village of Northbrook
- Delta by Marriott Chicago North Shore Suites
- Elisco Design Architects
- Farmers Insurance – The Slavin Agency
- First Choice Coffee Service