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Local Vendors Invited to Showcase at Mainland Show

Maui County News Release

Are you a local vendor who wants to market your products nationally? This is your chance. Maui County is looking to showcase Hawaii-made products and cultural crafts 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.”

The Maui County Office of Economic Development (OED) has announced that it has purchased ten booths at the show, which is the largest fresh flower and products show in North America. Show organizers have offered vendors from all counties in Hawaii a “Hawai`i Market Place.” 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 OED will be offering each company who qualifies an assistance package to help defray costs.  Eligible products include food goods, cultural crafts, Hawaiian music CDs, fresh flowers or packaged nursery products, value added soaps and lotions, fresh fruit, packaged coffee, etc.  Over 50 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. 

“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.”

County vendor list of participants must be completed by Oct. 1.

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

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