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For Immediate Release
September 15, 2016
Nanaimo, BC

The Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce’s 9th Annual Business Expo on Thursday, October 20 at Vancouver Island Conference Centre is excited to confirm more of its lineup of exhibitors, special guests, speakers and participants in this consumer AND business-to-business trade show.

This year, Business Expo celebrates BC Small Business Month and National Manufacturing Month. It’s no secret that small businesses are a mainstay of the Nanaimo economy, but it might come as a surprise that the manufacturing sector is also strong in the mid-Island. Exports are becoming a bigger focus of regional software developers, educators, agri-food producers and processors, craft distillers, wineries and others who are all seeking support from experts in the field.

That’s why Business Expo is adding up to twenty booths from agencies, ministries and non-profits offering government services and funding support for small businesses and entrepreneurs.. Expo organizers will present a series of free breakout sessions featuring panels of experts speaking on “How to Sell to Government”, “Pillars of Start Up” and “Access to Financing” with a focus on entrepreneurs. The Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association will also present a luncheon with a keynote speaker on the subject of “Enhancing International Trade & Export from Vancouver Island”.

Business Expo began as a way for Nanaimo businesses to meet each other, and to network in an environment with their products and services on display. Consumers started to notice it was a great place to find new products and services so they began showing up in increasing numbers. As have the trade show exhibitors who will exceed 100 this year.

At the end of the Business Expo’s day, Community Futures hosts an Awards Reception honouring the best booths. The reception, hosted by the Coast Bastion, includes appetizers and refreshments. “This is going to be the apex of the Business Expo’s” according to Kim Smythe Chamber of Commerce CEO “given the number of experts, specialists, panel speakers, and the government support we’re having on hand.”

Access to the Trade Show and breakout sessions are free but there is a small fee for the luncheon, and for non-exhibitors to attend the Awards Reception.

Business Expo only happens once a year, call us today so your business doesn’t miss out. Contact Brett at the Chamber 250-756-1191, #5 or for more information.

For more information contact:

Kim Smythe, CEO
Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce

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Sea Salt Food Company

It started with a recipe book for recreational boaters, and evolved into a company that takes pride in making events memorable, because of the food. That’s Sea Salt Food Company.

With a creative drive, Chef Hilary Malone strives to deliver seasonal menus with flair. She sources ingredients from local farmers and food producers, and like a restaurant fresh sheet, what she can offer in June differs from a menu she creates in August.

This focus on serving local food makes it more challenging, but that’s what makes them stand out. Constantly rewriting menus, Sea Salt Food Company takes approachable ingredients and plays with the flavours. Attention is also given to the visual art of presentation to enhance the experience of enjoying food, and not just for nutrition or energy. Clients feel that the food is special before they even eat it.

Sea Salt Food Company is involved in a variety of events. Private functions are particularly appealing for people with food allergies or sensitivities. Clients enjoy a first class meal, without the worry of contaminated food. And, their kitchen looks like nobody was ever there. Sea Salt also does local weddings, or in other destinations, like Tofino, or even on boats.

Corporate functions have been particularly successful for clients like BMW Mercedes, Vancouver Island University, and Meyers Norris Penny. Clients love the elevated presentation and attention to detail. It impresses their guests, and everybody feels like they’ve had a quality experience.

Sea Salt Food Company also produces gift crates that have some of their own menu items, but also include locally-sourced food and gift items. They make great client or staff appreciation gifts.

For Chamber members who are looking for fun food presented beautifully, for business or personal, contact Chef Hilary at Sea Salt Catering.

Written by Bonnie Chomica