Maui County Looking for Local Vendors to Showcase at Philadelphia Trade Show

Molokai Chamber of Commerce News Release

WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai`i – The Maui County Office of Economic Development (OED) has announced that it has purchased 10 booths at the Philadelphia International Flower Show, held from March 4 to 11, 2012. The theme of the flower show this year is “Hawai`i, Islands of Aloha.”

This show is the largest fresh flower and products show in North America, with approximately 300,000 people attending the nine day event. The flower show organizers have offered vendors from all counties in Hawaii a “Hawai`i Market Place” which will be designed to showcase local Hawaii made products and cultural crafts. Hawaii Tourism Authority and the Maui Visitor’s Bureau will also be participating in the show to promote Hawaii and Maui County.

Maui County is now soliciting local vendors who want to participate in this opportunity and sell their products at this show. In addition to the booth space, the Office of Economic Development will be offering each company who qualifies an assistance package to help defray costs.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for businesses to market the many fine local products and services we have here in Maui County,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa. “I look forward to seeing a list of applicants composed of the best of the best that we have to offer.”

Products that are eligible are Maui County made food products, cultural crafts, Hawaiian music CD’s, fresh flowers or packaged nursery products, value added soaps & lotions, fresh fruit, packaged coffee etc. The county will pick a diverse group of vendors that have a large quantity of product that will be ready to ship to Philadelphia in March. The requirements are that 51 percent of the value of the product must have been derived within Maui County, and the company must have a website with an active shopping cart.

“The purpose of promoting our companies to these new mainland buyers is to entice them to re-order from our companies’ shopping carts in the future,” said Teena Rasmussen, OED Coordinator. “Without the shopping cart requirement, there would be no mechanism to gain future business from this endeavor.”

For further information or for interested companies from Lanai and Molokai, you can call the Maui County Office of Economic Development at 270-7710.

Robert Stephenson, President
Molokai Chamber of Commerce
808 553 4482 Office (By Appointment)
808 646 0928 Mobile


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