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Expo to feature ‘taste of OV’

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Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 3:00 am

More than 40 local businesses have already committed to participate in the inaugural Oro Valley Business Fair and Expo Oct. 29. Now, organizers are expanding their event to include A Taste of Oro Valley.

The “Taste” is intended to spotlight Oro Valley restaurants and eateries of all sizes, said event organizer Hank Jepsen of the Oro Valley Business Club, sponsor of the expo. Each business will sell signature dishes from their menu; they also can offer items created specially for expo-goers.

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 Oro Valley Business Club members and $300 for non-members.

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

The Oro Valley Business Club plans to showcase about 150 local vendors to more than 5,000 people at the expo, which will be held at the Steam Pump Village, 11000 N. Oracle Road. Jepsen hopes participation in this event 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 40 vendors that already have committed represent the following industries: medicine, banking, insurance, personal catering, cosmetics, cabinetry-making and interior design.

The cost of a 10-foot by 10-foot exhibit booth is $175 for OVBC members and $275 for non-members for registration before Sept. 1. After Sept. 1, the price will increase to $200 for members and $300 for non-members.

The price includes a 3-1/2-inch by 3-inch advertisement in the event program.

For more information, contact Jepsen at 818-2761.

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