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Backer Spring Show 2010
12-22-2009

H.H. Backer Associates Inc.’s 22nd Annual Pet Industry Spring Trade Show and Educational Conference is set for April 23 to 25, 2010, in Baltimore.

Organizers expect more than 5,000 pet specialty retailers, distributors, groomers and other pet business professionals to attend the event. More than 300 pet supply manufacturers and distributers are expected to display their goods at the show. The 2009 spring show attracted more than 5,300 buyers and 319 exhibitors.

Hours for the 2010 show have been reduced by one hour each day. New show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 23 and 24 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 25. David Harvey, trade show coordinator, said feedback from show attendees and exhibitors prompted the change.

New in 2010 will be “Ask the Expert” management consulting sessions with Vicki Lynne Morgan, owner of manufactures’ representative firm, Animal Brands, of Califon, N.J. The free, one-on-one sessions are open to retailers, distributors and manufacturers.

The 2010 spring show will also feature a new $10,000 Treasure Hunt contest. The contest invites qualified buyers and distributors to participate in a daily scavenger hunt for a chance to win cash prizes.

Returning in 2010 is the all-natural area, which features companies with natural or “green” products; the Aquatic Answers section, which features aquatic exhibitors and “Ask the Expert” sessions; and the Product Showcase.

In addition to the exhibition, the show is set to include a number of free educational seminars and special events to help retailers learn more about marketing and pet care, among other subjects. Fetching Communications, a Tampa Bay, Fla.-based marketing agency, is sponsoring a free luncheon/presentation on April 24 entitled “Going Green: What You Need to Know About Selling Natural and Organic Products.” To RSVP, e-mail hello@fetchingcommunications.com. Participation is limited to the first 100 respondents.

For more information on Backer’s spring show, visit www.hhbacker.com.

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