Inaugural Inland Empire’s Largest Mixer Exceeds Expectations with Over 1400 Attendees Networking Their Business Into Success
Event Unites Local Businesses, City Chambers and Business Groups to Benefit the Inland Empire Business Community
Business networking shifted into high gear with the debut of Inland Empire’s Largest Mixer, October 24, 2007, bringing together local businesses representing hundreds of industries and companies in the Inland Empire. Over 1400 business professionals packed the Ontario Convention Center for an evening of professional networking and business outreach.
"Inland Empire’s Largest Mixer was the most organized and well-attended event I have ever been at as a booth exhibitor,” said Lorraine Hernandez Saint, Executive Director, Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “I personally made a lot of great contacts for GRHCC and spoke to many who expressed a sincere interest in becoming members or partners. A quick count of the business cards collected at our booth and from visiting other booths amounted to approx. 210 -- probably the most we've ever collected at any another event.”
The event – part social mixer, part business expo – is the fourth and latest installment in the “Largest Mixer” family of events that has already produced successful mixers in Los Angeles, Orange County and Las Vegas.
“The thing that struck me most was how well the event was attended,” commented Jim Nicholas, President, Access Business Center in La Verne, CA. “There were a wide variety of businesses which gave the attendees a chance to connect with the people they needed to meet.”
The first of an annual event featured over 150 exhibitors and an impressive list of local sponsors who share a common goal of business outreach and networking.
“Everyone I spoke with at the Mixer said the event was the best they've ever been to in the Inland Empire!,” remarked Jeremy Zachary, Publisher, Inland Empire Weekly. “The Largest Mixer team really stepped up and created something great in a market that really needed this.”
The event was sponsored by: American Business Woman's Association, California Inland Counties American Marketing Association, CHARO-SBA Women's Business Center, Colton Chamber, Corona Chamber, For You Network, an affiliate of the National Association of Female Executives, Hesperia Chamber, Inland Empire Young Professionals Network, La Verne Chamber, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals-Inland Empire, Inland Empire Small Business Development Center, National Association of Women Business Owners-Inland Empire, Ontario Chamber, Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau, Rialto Chamber, Riverside Hispanic Chamber, San Bernardino Area Chamber, San Dimas Chamber and Yucaipa Chamber of Commerce.
Co-sponsors included: Conexion, Goliath Advertising, Inc., Inland Empire Business Journal, Inland Empire Weekly, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, KOLA 99.9, KTIE 590, KZSW-TV, La Opinion, Meetings and Mixers, My 5 Minute Networking, Ontario Convention Center, Owl Enterprises, ReEvolve Designs, Stinger Advertising, Inc., and X-press Printing and Graphics,
Inland Empire’s Largest Mixer is produced by The Dave Linden Group, Inc.
"Being a small business, we typically don't spend much money on traditional advertising. We felt like Inland Empire's Largest Mixer would be an excellent opportunity to introduce the Inn to people we would never have reached,” said Nicole Damato, Sales and Marketing Manager, Inn at Playa del Rey. “We were able to talk to hundreds of potential guests face to face and get them interested in what we have to offer. It was a very successful event for us."
For more information on future “Largest Mixer” events, please visit www.iemixer.com or call 909-560-2800.