7th Annual Business Expo and Taste of Boyne
Business contacts, food and fun on tap for annual Expo
Presented by Coldwell Banker Schmidt Family of Companies
Thursday, April 23, 2015, 3 to 7 p.m.
Location: Former Carter's Store, 1315 Boyne Ave. (M-75 South), Boyne City MI
$5 admission includes all 12 Taste of Boyne booths
Exhibitors list * Sponsor info * Pictures * Expo tips from Forbes * Exhibitor success tips
One of the largest business networking events in Northern Michigan is held on the fourth Thursday of April in Boyne City. The 2014 Business Expo and Taste of Boyne included 95 exhibitor booths and a crowd of 1,300 people attending. This exciting Expo includes great food, networking, music and business exhibits from 3 to 7 p.m. It all happens at the former Carter's Store at 1315 Boyne Avenue (M-75 South). The Chamber hostes an optional Booth Selection and Exhibitor Tips meeting about four weeks ahead of time.
The 2014 expo will feature:
- 95 booths from area businesses and non-profits, including...
- 12 Taste of Boyne food booths, including wine and beer tasting
- Admission price of $5 includes tickets to sample each of the Taste of Boyne participants.
- Cash bar with soft drinks, Mackinaw Trail Winery wines and beer from Petoskey Brewing Co. on draft.
- Free parking shuttle from St. Matthew Church and the Road Commission (details below)
- Blood pressure screenings from Charleboix Area Hospital
- Free wi-fi for exhibitors, courtesy of Cherry Capital Connection
- Music and announcements from A+ Event Entertainment.
- New vehicles on display from Bob Mathers Ford, Dave Kring Chevrolet and Fletch's GMC Buick Audi.
PARKING SHUTTLE – Because the Expo draws a large crowed, we offer free parking shuttle service, courtesy of Charlevoix County Transit. If the Carter's lot is full, you can park next door at St. Matthew Catholic Church or the Road Commission and ride a shuttle to and from the Expo. Thanks to St. Matthew Church and Charlevoix County Transit System for making this possible.
Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor:
Thanks to our Gold Sponsors:
Petoskey News-Review * 9 & 10 News * Boyne City Gazette * Taylor Rental
Pat O'Brien Real Estate * A+ Event Entertainment
Charlevoix Area Hospital, Boyne Area Medical Clinic and Boyne Rehab Center
Coldwell Banker Boyne City - Presenting Sponor
Bronze Sponsors: Korthase-Flinn Insurance & Financial
Park View Family Dentistry * F.O. Barden & Son
Wi-fi Sponsor: Cherry Capital Connection
TASTE OF BOYNE - $5 admission includes a Taste Card to try them all. Here are the participants:
- Alpine Chocolat Haus
- BC Pizza
- BCHS Team Hospitality
- Boyne Mountain Restaurants
- Barrel Back Restaurant (pictured at right)
- Glen’s Market
- The Grain Train
- The Jordan Inn
- Mackinaw Trail Winery
- Petoskey Brewing Company
- Porter Creek Fish House
- Spicy Bob’s Italian Express
List of other 2014 exhibitors
What did you like about the Expo? Unedited comments from attendees and vendors (from our online survey):
- Good food, cash bar, good music, nice turnout!
- The way the community participated - they LOVED it!
- It was good to see so many participants, it was nice to be involved with something so 'positive.'
- The whole thing - I felt like I was in Grand Rapids or Detroit at a conference! Well done!
- Opportunities to interact with businesses I didn't even know existed.
- The large space inside and out. It reminded us of the Home Show in Petoskey, only better because lots of food.
- Visiting with people and finding out the different products that businesses have - knowing that Boyne carries it and I don't have to drive out of town to get the product.
- The turnout! I thought the combination of the Expo And Taste Of Boyne was a great idea. Also, there was enough space for people to move around freely.
- I was amazed that the former Carter's could look like a small convention center. It was full and fun. Having food vendors spread out is a great idea! It encouraged people to walk and mingle....
- The promotion was excellent, the appearance of the booths were outstanding. It was a big-time expo.
- Number of booths and number of people attending. It was very well marketed.
- The opportunity to feature our goods to prospective customers who might not otherwise visit us.
- The combination of the business expo and food tasting was terrific - it drew a wide variety of people, and made for a great social/networking event. Well done.
- The huge number of people it attracted. We had at least 4 customers show up that night at our restaurant. They liked our samplers and wanted more.
- Great networking opportunity and chance to expose our business.