COLUMBIA — Columbia residents had the chance Wednesday to take a look at a number of the native companies which can be distinctive to mid-Missouri on the Showcase CoMo occasion.
Over 100 mid-Missouri companies and nonprofit organizations had been on show on the native enterprise showcase, sponsored by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.
Matt McCormick, president of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, stated the showcase is a chance for companies to create connections in all types of the way. On the showcase, companies from across the space displayed their merchandise and spoke with potential new prospects.
“It is simply an opportunity for our enterprise to show their items, their providers, the various things they’ve,” McCormick stated. “Plenty of business-to-business connection, a whole lot of business-to-consumer connection.”
The occasion is often profitable with roughly 1,200 individuals who come to the occasion annually, in accordance with McCormick. He says the occasion has been a factor for about 20 years.
Annually, the Chamber listens to suggestions from companies and shoppers as a way to enhance the next yr’s occasion.
“We have gotten a whole lot of nice suggestions via the years,” McCormick stated. “We’re getting a whole lot of good suggestions immediately. I used to be simply speaking to someone that is like, ‘Oh we have already closed a pair offers whereas we’re right here immediately.'”
The occasion options its traditional companies that come out yearly and first-time attendees equivalent to Platinum Paws, a brand new canine strolling and pet sitting firm.
Although the Chamber will not know the monetary affect this occasion has on corporations till effectively after the occasion happens, McCormick stated they do their greatest to assist distributors acquire connections and hold in touch with the shoppers who go to every sales space.
“One of many issues we work with our distributors on doing is ensuring you may have some strategy to gather data from the individuals you meet, the those that cease by your sales space, after which be sure you’re following up with that data and work to shut these offers in a while,” he stated.
Extra data on Showcase CoMo and particulars on subsequent yr’s occasion might be out there on the Chamber’s web site.