Showcasing Florida Gulf Coast’s Economic Assets From Startup to Maturity
SARASOTA, FL Sept. 4, 2015 – Digital media and event company The Economic Buzz today announced its inaugural convention BuzzPrizeExpo® on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The expo is designed to promote the economic assets that attract investment, talent and revenue to the region. The one-day event takes place at the Baltimore Orioles’ Sarasota home, Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th Street, Sarasota, FL on Friday, November 6, 2015.
BuzzPrizeExpo® employs a unique private sector approach to economic development that connects civic organizations, institutions and companies working to grow the economy in their respective communities. This opportunity increases topline visibility of the region as a whole. BuzzPrizeExpo® champions the gulf coast of Florida as an epicenter of business by showcasing the assets of a robust economy: institutions, startups, small business, big industry, policy makers and late-stage entrepreneurs with the expertise, capital and passion to invest in new innovation and opportunities.
According to BuzzPrizeExpo founder Suzette Jones, “The ultimate goal is to influence investment in the area and attract high quality companies and talent that are a good match with the robust eco-system that we have in place currently. Other organizations advertise and attend conventions to promote the area. We want to support their efforts by actually inviting the individuals we want to influence HERE so they can see and experience this magical place…. as a place to do business as well as experience an amazing lifestyle.”
The one day event includes the following programming:
Exhibition Hall and Breakout Sessions are free to the public with registration. The Hall will host more than 150 exhibitors in 10 industry zones including Dolphin Aviation’s Taking Off Zone that features early stage companies about to ‘take off’, the iStory Digital Media, Arts & Entertainment Zone, Helping Our Heroes, supported by Cool Today, Budweiser & Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, is a Zone dedicated to Veterans and the companies and organizations that support them. Other industry zones to date are Sports Industry; Innovative Health; Marine & Coastal Industries; Women, Luxury & Lifestyle; Technology; Financial, Professional & Business Resources; Building & Development Industry; Community Organizations & Institutions. 9:00am – 5:00pm
Hub Happy Hour – an interactive talent and business network event. Participating sponsors to date include The Hub Sarasota, Stella Artois, Gold Coast Eagle Distributing and Game On Nation. Featured VIP is Kevin Harrington, one of the original Sharks of ABC Network’s television series Shark Tank and founder of As Seen on TV. 5:00pm – 7:30pm. This is a ticketed event.
BPX® Investor Reception, a private reception where investors will mingle with key CEOs, entrepreneurs, elected officials, BuzzPrizeExpo® Contest Finalists and VIP guests. Sponsors to date include Stella Artois and Ocean Properties Limited. 5:00pm – 7:00pm. By invitation only.
BuzzPrizeExpo® Award Show presented by Laser Pegs Ventures, will announce the winners of the BuzzPrizeExpo® Startup Contest, an online contest powered by RocketHub, an eFactor Group Company that leads the world in crowdfunding education with an innovative partnership with A&E Network. The Economic Buzz will also announce and award donations to the BuzzPrizeExpo® chosen charities: Young Entrepreneur Academy (YEA!) an initiative of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and Project S.E.R.V., a Goodwill Manasota Veteran’s Services initiative. Featured VIPs include Alon Hillel-Tuch, Founder & CFO of RocketHub and former Senator Gordon Smith, CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters. (NAB) and Co-Owner and Chairman of the Board of Smith Frozen Foods, a multigenerational American processor and packager of frozen vegetables. 7:30pm – 9:00pm. This is a ticketed event.
BPX® After Party, programming TBA. 9:30pm – 11:00pm. This is a ticketed event.
Ticket reservations, ticket sales and startup contest entries will begin later this month.
Companies and organizations interested in reserving space or breakout rooms, visit http://goo.gl/tVbYdM Investors interested wanting deal flow preview, please register at http://theeconomicbuzz.com/?p=262 To stay informed, register for expo or purchase special event tickets, register here: http://theeconomicbuzz.com/buzzprizeinforequest/ To apply for media credentials, contact TheEconomicBuzz@gmail.com
For more information, visit www.TheEconomicBuzz.com or on social media: Facebook: TheEconomicBuzz and BuzzPrize Expo; on YouTube: TheEconomicBuzz; on Twitter: @TheEconomicBuzz
About The Economic Buzz
Founded in 2013 by entrepreneur Suzette Jones, The Economic Buzz has two divisions dedicated to INSPIRE, CONNECT and INFLUENCE GROWTH. The digital media division creates content and a quarterly digital magazine that highlights the inspiring personal stories behind economic development and innovation in emerging economic centers. While the live events division produces trademarked conventions, conferences and contests designed to showcase and connect the economic assets of key geographical regions. These assets include community organizations and institutions, startups, small business, big industry, investors, mentors, supportive elected officials, and talent.