New England Products Trade Show to be Held in Maine

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More than 300 New England businesses, including Maine Made members will participate in the 27th Annual New England Products Trade Show (NEPTS), March 12-14, in Portland, Maine. The NEPTS is the only wholesale show in the country dedicated to presenting hand-crafted giftware, home furnishings, and specialty food exclusively created in New England. Approximately 1500 buyers will attend the three-day annual juried wholesale trade show and use it as an opportunity to find new resources and build relationships.

NEPTS’s friendly, unhurried atmosphere gives buyers an opportunity to build relationships with an extraordinary group of craftsmen.

More than 300 New England businesses, including Maine Made members (http://www.mainemade.com) will participate in the 27th Annual New England Products Trade Show (NEPTS), March 12-14, in Portland, Maine. The NEPTS is the only wholesale show in the country dedicated to presenting hand-crafted giftware, home furnishings, and specialty food exclusively created in New England.

Approximately 1500 buyers attend the three-day annual juried wholesale trade show and use it as an opportunity to find new resources and build relationships.

“Many of our exhibitors exhibit only at our event, giving retailers access to unique local products," says Stefa Normantas, show producer. "NEPTS’s friendly, unhurried atmosphere gives buyers an opportunity to build relationships with an extraordinary group of craftsmen.”

Buyers recognize the value in having hundreds of vendors in one location to be able to stock their stores, museums, gift shops, hotels and other venues with some of the finest products available from the region.

“It is a great product show,” said Victoria Makris, manager of Karen’s Gift Shop in Laconia, N.H. “It is well organized. The parking, the food, the size—the fact that it is all in one building—are all great, so buyers can really concentrate on meeting vendors. I love that you get to meet the craftsmen behind the products. They’re knowledgeable about what they’re selling. The items are well-priced and there is a nice variety, so I love to participate.”

For a sneak peek at some of the products featured and overview of the show, please check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhYPabjRIj0.

For more information, please contact Giraffe Events at 800.638.6787 or info@giraffeevents.com. Visit the show website at http://www.nepts.com to register today.

The NEPTS is made possible by several sponsors, including Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, Maine Small Business Development Center, MEMIC, Maine Department of Agriculture, Gift Shop Magazine, The Crafts Report, Gourmet News, Franklin Printing, Reid Graphics, the Maine Restaurant Association, Maine Innkeepers Association, and the New England Inns & Resorts Association.

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