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  • EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

    Tradeshow March 10-11, 2017

    The annual, two day trade show connects wholesale store buyers from across the region with over 150 members of the Made in Montana program.

    Experience firsthand the quality and beauty of unique products made by Montana artists, designers and manufacturers. Products include gourmet foods and beverages; fine arts and crafts; unique apparel; accessories; home décor and much more! Exhibitors come from all over the state to display and sell their innovative products, artful creations, and tasty treats to buyers who will soon put these products on their store shelves, use in their restaurants, and have available statewide to visitors and Montanans alike.

    Join us this year at the annual Made in Montana Tradeshow for Food and Gifts!

    Friday March 10, 2017: Wholesale Buyer Day (reserved strictly for wholesale buyers only)

    Saturday March 11, 2017: Public Showcase Day. This event is free to the public.


    HISTORY OF THE TRADESHOW

    The Tradeshow first began in 1998, 14 years after the creation of the Made in Montana and Grown in Montana programs, in order to assist the marketing efforts of Montana producers looking to get their products on store shelves.

    The Tradeshow was held in Great Falls under the name “Montana Marketplace for Food & Gifts” until 2014, when the Department of Commerce moved the location back to Helena and expanded the show. Since that time, it has grown exponentially, with 160 exhibitor booths, 450 wholesale buyers, and over 5,200 consumers attending on Public Showcase Day.

    The Tradeshow is located annually at the Lewis & Clark County Exhibit Hall, 98 West Custer Avenue, Helena, MT.


    PAST TRADESHOW EXHIBITORS

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    2014 List of Exhibitors


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  • Registration for the 2017 show is now open to qualified Made in Montana members as of October 28, 2016.


    WHY EXHIBIT?

    It is the premier opportunity to reach wholesale buyers interested in authentic Made in Montana products for their stores. In addition, you get to introduce your products to the public in an effort to generate future sales.

    Friday is set aside for wholesale buyers only and is the true purpose of the event. It provides a one-stop marketplace for Made in Montana food and gift producers to meet and sell their authentic products to store buyers for resale. This show is not a retail craft show nor is it akin to a Farmer’s Market. Exhibitors are required to adhere to wholesale selling processes, procedures, and traditions. That includes offering a wholesale pricing structure that conforms to the food and gift wholesale industry.

    As a bonus, Saturday offers a unique opportunity for exhibitors to sell directly to the public at retail prices (the same price the customer would find in a store). Potential customers can see, sample, and purchase products while at the same time learning where they can be found in stores in their area. This day is included to help promote recognition of Made in Montana products and to also provide producers and wholesale buyers with great feedback about how the public likes the products.


    EXHIBITOR ELIGIBILITY

    To participate you must meet the following requirements:

    • Registered member of the Made in Montana program selling packaged food, gifts, or general merchandise items
    • Agree not to exhibit or promote any non-Made in Montana products at the trade show
    • Willingness and capacity to sell products at wholesale prices
      • First time exhibitors at the show must submit to a jurying process for admission and agree to provide necessary documents proving their readiness for the wholesale process. Experienced wholesalers may ask for an exemption.
      • Experienced wholesalers may ask for an exemption
    • If sampling food or beverage products, must follow all applicable Health Department rules and provide copies of health permits and labels
    • Agreement to Exhibitor Rules & Regulations

    REGISTRATION

    We are providing online registration this year. You may upload photos and necessary documents with your application. No applications will be considered or booth assignments made until full payment and all required documents are received.

    Register Now!

    If you are unable to register online, please contact us at 406-841-2757 or contact us by email.


    BOOTH PRICING / AVAILABILITY

    Early Bird *save $50* (10/28/16 - 11/30/16): $325 inline / $375 corner booth*

    Regular (12/1/16 - 2/23/17): $375 inline / $425 corner booth*

    Last Minute *based on availability* (2/24/17 - 3/9/17): $425 inline / $475 corner booth* Check Booth Availability

    *Corner booths are denoted with a red circle around the booth number


    BOOTH SPECIFICATIONS

    Booth Dimensions

    "Stair Step" Pipe & Drape Booth (black)

    All booths are 10' x 10'

    Back wall: 8' high

    Side divider: 8' high extending 6' from back wall, and then 3' high to aisle (4')

    Also includes:

    • 2 chairs (standard height)
    • 1 - 6' x 24" skirted table (standard height; black drape with white top)
    • 1 - 500 watt/110v electrical outlet per booth (exhibitor must supply own extension cord)

    EXHIBITOR APPLICATION CHECKLIST - FIRST TIME EXHIBITORS ONLY

    First time exhibitors (have not exhibited at the Made in Montana Tradeshow in past 5 years) must submit to a jurying process. This ensures that the applicant is ready, willing, and able to fulfill the special requirements for selling wholesale.

    Complete registration for first time exhibitors includes the following:

    • Completed, electronically signed and dated Exhibitor Application
    • Photos or digital images (JPG format) of products OR typed descriptions of products you will sell at the trade show
    • Photos, digital images (JPG format), drawing OR a typed description of what your exhibitor booth space will look like
    • Wholesale price list, typed as if presenting it to a potential buyer
    • Retail price list, typed as if presenting it to a potential buyer
      • In lieu of this list, the applicant can explain how retail price will differ from the wholesale price
    • Wholesale Buyer’s Term Card, typed as if presenting it to a potential buyer (example)
    • Copy of food product labels (if applicable)* If you have multiple labels, just send your top 5
    • Copy of current Montana Food Manufacturing License (if applicable)*
    • Payment information (check, credit card, ACH). This will not be processed until your application is approved. You will be sent notification at the same time.

    * Food labels and a Montana Food Manufacturing License are required for an exhibitor to sample or sell food or beverage products. All products sold at the show must comply with current food labeling and manufacturing laws.


    EXHIBITOR APPLICATION CHECKLIST - PREVIOUS EXHIBITORS ONLY

    It is assumed that if you have previously exhibited at the Made in Montana Tradeshow in the past 5 years that you have already fulfilled jury requirements. However, the show management reserves the right to ask for further information if necessary from returning exhibitors and admission is not guaranteed on first-come-first-serve basis. All applications are to be evaluated by Tradeshow committee.

    Complete registration for previous exhibitors includes the following:

    • Completed, electronically signed and dated Exhibitor Application
    • Photos or digital images (JPG format) of products OR typed descriptions of products you will sell at the trade show
    • Copy of food product labels (if applicable)* If you have multiple labels, just send your top 5
    • Copy of current Montana Food Manufacturing License (if applicable)*
    • Payment information (check, credit card, ACH). This will not be processed until your application is approved. You will be sent notification at the same time.

    * Food labels and a Montana Food Manufacturing License are required for an exhibitor to sample or sell food or beverage products. All products sold at the show must comply with current food labeling and manufacturing laws.


    EXHIBITOR SCHEDULE

    Thursday March 9, 2017

    Setup: 8 AM – 8 PM

    Friday March 10, 2017

    Wholesale Buyer Day: 9 AM – 6 PM

    Buyer and Exhibitor Appreciation Cocktail Reception: 6:15 PM – 8 PM

    Made in Montana Awards Presentation

    Saturday March 11, 2017

    Public Showcase Day: 9 AM - 5 PM

    Teardown: 5 PM – 8 PM


    ACCOMODATIONS

    Hotel group rates will be negotiated for our Exhibitors. Please check back for locations and special rates.

  • Registration is free, but acceptance on Wholesale Buyer Day is limited exclusively to wholesale buyers and retailers of appropriate businesses.

    All wholesale/retail buyers must complete a brief registration and answer all qualifying information to gain admittance and make wholesale purchases.


    WHY ATTEND

    This is the premier state-wide event to see, sample and purchase the newest products and developments in the Made in Montana food and gift industry.

    • Connect with first-time exhibitors and reconnect with established vendors
    • Network with other professionals
    • Discover new, authentic Made in Montana products for your store, restaurant or place of business

    BUYER ELIGIBILITY

    • Owner/manager/buyer for an appropriate retail store, shop, restaurant, etc.
    • Must be able to show proof of relevant occupation/status via business card or other business collateral
    • No more than four (4) buyers per business will be allowed without prior permission from show management
    • Each buyer with credentials must register individually

    REGISTRATION

    Register Now!

    If you are unable to register online, please contact us at 406-841-2757 or contact us by email.

    Win Prizes by Registering Early!

    If you are from out of the Helena area and register before February 23, 2017, you’ll have a chance to win a free two-night hotel stay during the show at our sponsoring hotel. After that, you’ll be entered to win a $50 gas card.

    From the Helena area? Great! You’ll be entered to win gift certificates to local Helena restaurants and establishments. We have TWO to give away!

    Must be present at show to claim your prize.


    SHOW SCHEDULE

    Friday March 10, 2017

    Wholesale Buyer Day: 9AM - 6PM

    Buyer and Exhibitor Appreciation Cocktail Reception: 6:15PM - 8PM

    Made in Montana Awards Presentation

    Saturday March 11, 2017

    Public Showcase Day: 9AM - 5PM

    Buyers may still attend Public Showcase Day; just make sure to show your Buyer badge when making purchases.


    ACCOMODATIONS

    Hotel group rates will be negotiated for our Wholesale Buyers. Please check back for locations and special rates.

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