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Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 3:00 am

Oro Valley business expo to showcase local vendors, restaurants

The Oro Valley Business Club plans to showcase about 150 local vendors to more than 5,000 people at its inaugural Oro Valley Business Fair and Expo Oct. 29 at the Steam Pump Village, 11000 N. Oracle Road.

Event organizer Hank Jepsen is now accepting registrations from area businesses as well as restaurants to participate in the A Taste of Oro Valley that is part of the expo.

Jepsen hopes participation in these events will exceed that of a business expo conducted in 2007.

Held at the Oro Valley Public Library, that event showcased 50 businesses and attracted about 2,700 people.

The cost of a 10-foot by 10-foot exhibit booth is $200 for OVBC members and $300 for non-members. The price includes a 3-1/2-inch by 3-inch advertisement in the event program.

Participating restaurants will receive a 10-foot by 30-foot exhibit space, which includes a 15-foot by 10-foot tent or framed canopy and two 6-foot tables.

The cost for a booth is $250 for OVBC members and $300 for non-members.

Electricity is available at each booth for an additional $25.

For more information, contact Jepsen at 818-2761.

Nominations being accepted for Marana chamber awards

The Marana Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for its 2011 Community & Business Builder of the Year Awards, to be held on Feb. 16. The award was established to recognize companies who have contributed to building the Marana community. 

A panel of judges will select winning companies that meet the award criteria and eligibility requirements for companies of small, medium, large and nonprofit businesses.

Winners will receive the following benefits: recognition at the Marana State of the Town address, on the chamber’s website, at the breakfast and luncheon PowerPoint, and in the annual directory.

To be eligible, the business must:

1. Be a Marana Chamber member in good standing in 2011-2012.

2. Be involved with the Marana community during 2011.

3. Not have any unresolved complaints with the Better Business Bureau or the Attorney General’s office.

4. Be up-to-date with the Corporation Commission (if applicable).

5. Not be a winner of the Community & Business Builder Award within the past five yearss

The submission deadline is Nov. 16.

For more information, visit the chamber’s website at

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