BRANDON, FL – The 2014 Brandon Business Expo & “Taste of Brandon™” was held Thursday May 15, inside the Florida State Fairgrounds’ Charles M. Davis Special Events Center. The event helped area companies show off their latest and greatest products and services, while at the same time satisfying tons of taste buds! As in years past, attendees voted for their favorites in two categories: Best Taste and Best Dessert. Best Booth honors were also presented. Award winners were announced at the event’s conclusion. Nearly 25 restaurants and caterers competed for votes entered by attendees at computerized voting locations.
The winners were:
2014 Best Taste Award Winner: Cheddar’s Casual Café
Runner up: Ciccio Cali
2014 Best Dessert Award Winner: Mimi’s Café
Runner up: Corner Bakery Café
2014 Best Booth Award Winner: Tampa Bay Times
Runner up: BayCare Health System
Traventours Events & Excursions, Inc. co-owner Candice Alford has participated in this event numerous times. She’s never disappointed with her investment.
“We have so much fun during the Expo,” Alford said. “This is the fourth consecutive year that we’ve purchased multiple exhibitor booths. This year we picked up more qualified leads than we ever have. The marketability and customer reach that we receive during and following this event is very valuable for a family-owned business such as ours. It’s a unique opportunity for us to increase sales.”
Expo co-chair and Precision Payments, Inc. vice president Ryan Cabrera loves being a part of this event because it showcases local companies within a lively atmosphere.
“The energy and excitement leading up to and during this business expo is a great indicator of how much people look forward to attending this annual event,” Cabrera said. “People from all around our area get to enjoy samples provided by so many awesome local restaurants and caterers at one very low price. The food is good, and so are the numerous relationship building conversations that businesspeople like me experience. It’s top-notch all around.”
The 2014 Brandon Business Expo & “Taste of Brandon™” was made possible because of the efforts of the Chamber’s Small Business Programming Committee, led by Co-Chairs Carole Gill and Ryan Cabrera, and all of the event’s volunteers.
Returning title sponsor for the event was Ed Morse Cadillac of Brandon and Brandon Automall FIAT. Contributing sponsors included Brandon Regional Hospital, Florida State Fair Authority, MetroPCS, Platinum Bank, Tampa Bay Times, Tampa Electric Company, Valpak of Tampa Bay, and Aparicio-Levy Technical Center.