Sponsorship OPPORTUNITIES

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Sponsorship opportunities offered by the Mid-America Restaurant Expo deliver visibility and impact!

The Mid-America Restaurant Expo is a premier restaurant event that will connect exhibitors and buyers from all aspects of the foodservice industry in a forward-thinking, high-energy environment. It is the place to connect with new exhibitors, see the newest and most innovative products and engage with industry leaders from the Midwest.

The Expo’s environment will be buzzing with high-energy demonstration stages, competitions, tastings and high-caliber programming guaranteeing an exciting and info-packed two days! Attendees will experience these features:

  • A dynamic event showcasing over 300 exhibiting companies.
  • More than 50 thought leadership talks, interactive presentations and cutting edge demonstrations. 
  • Peer-to-peer networking at a Monday morning breakfast

The expected audience of 4,000 is a combination of independent restaurateurs with four units or less and regional chains. Most attendees are the owners and operators of their business and are located within a 250 mile radius of Columbus, Ohio.

We invite you to have representation at this important industry event through sponsorship. Please review the options below. Don’t see a perfect fit for your company? We are happy to customize a package that meets your business needs. Contact Debra Seiple, Tradeshow Manager, at 877-265-7469 or dseiple@ohiorestaurant.org.


Gold Show Sponsor
Investment: $7,500

  • Exclusivity in the business category
  • Opportunity to exhibit in 10’x10’ booth, or select from available satellite spaces throughout the event
  • Ability to hand out promotional items to attendees
  • Company name and/or logo at the event entrance
  • Company name and/or logo displayed on digital show signage in the main hall
  • Company name and/or logo on the show program sponsor page
  • Company name and logo on the event website sponsor page with hyperlink back to your website
  • Digital advertising
    • Two featured ads on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
    • Inclusion in up to 4 email blasts prior to the event
  • Event app exposure
    • Logo placement on the welcome screen
    • Banner ad on the main app screen – attendees can connect with you by tapping through to your listing on the app
    • Company name and logo listed on the app sponsorship page

Silver Show Sponsor
Investment: $5,000

  • Ability to hand out promotional items to attendees
  • Company name and/or logo at the event entrance
  • Company name and/or logo displayed on digital show signage in the main hall
  • Company name and/or logo on the show program sponsor page
  • Company name and logo on the event website sponsor page with hyperlink back to your website
  • Digital advertising
    • Two featured ads on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
    • Inclusion in up to 2 email blasts prior to the event
  • Event app exposure
    • Banner ad on the main app screen – attendees can connect with you by tapping through to your listing on the app
    • Company name and logo listed on the app sponsorship page

Bronze Show Sponsor
Investment: $2,500 SOLD!

  • Company name and/or logo at the event entrance
  • Company name and/or logo displayed on digital show signage in the main hall
  • Company name and/or logo on the show program sponsor page
  • Company name and logo on the event website sponsor page with hyperlink back to your website
  • Digital advertising
    • One featured ad on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
    • Inclusion in 1 email blasts prior to the event
  • Event app exposure
    • Banner ad on the main app screen – attendees can connect with you by tapping through to your listing on the app
    • Company name and logo listed on the app sponsorship page

Keynote Address featuring Celebrity Chef Michael Symon
Investment: $5,000 Presenting Sponsor (exclusive) SOLD! or $2,000 Supporting Sponsor

The Expo is proud to bring in celebrity chef and restaurateur Michael Symon to keynote the Expo on Sunday at 12:30pm.

Presenting Sponsor includes basic sponsorship package plus:

  • Signage at the event
  • Special recognition during the event
  • Opportunity to welcome the crowd for 5 minutes
  • Opportunity to place company material inside the room
  • 10 VIP passes to an exclusive Meet & Greet 

Supporting Sponsor includes basic sponsorship package plus:

  • Signage at the event
  • Special recognition during the event
  • Opportunity to place company material inside the room
  • 5 VIP passes to an exclusive Meet & Greet

CONNECT at the Expo Networking Event
Investment: $2,500 Presenting Sponsor (exclusive) or $1,000 Supporting Sponsor

This Monday morning event that allows for attendees to connect over breakfast is an ideal setting to promote your brand away from the show floor. This networking event is FREE for attendees to attend and includes a full pre-show breakfast.

Presenting Sponsor includes basic sponsorship package plus:

  • Signage at the event
  • Special recognition during the event
  • Opportunity to welcome the crowd for 5 minutes
  • Opportunity to place company material on the tables

Supporting Sponsor includes basic sponsorship package plus:

  • Signage at the event
  • Special recognition during the event
  • Opportunity to place company material on the tables

Pizza Pizzazz Competition
Investment: $2,500 Presenting Sponsor (exclusive) SOLD! or $1,000 Supporting Sponsor

Get your company’s name in front of “the best of the best.”  Pizza operators compete for cash prizes and industry bragging rights. 

Presenting Sponsor includes basic sponsorship package plus:

  • Signage at the Pizza Pizzazz Competition area
  • Opportunity to place company materials/products in competitor orientation packets
  • Opportunity to address the competitors
  • Opportunity to pose in a photo with the winners

Supporting Sponsor includes basic sponsorship package plus:

  • Signage at the Pizza Pizzazz Competition area
  • Opportunity to place company materials/products in competitor orientation packets
  • Opportunity to pose in a photo with the winners

Mobile Event App

The mobile app provides your company the opportunity to connect with attendees in a unique and personal way. The custom-designed, comprehensive mobile app puts all event information at the attendees’ fingertips – anytime, anywhere – with real-time updates provided before, during and after the Expo.

Sponsor Splash Page
Investment: $1,500 SOLD!

  • Logo placement on the welcome screen provides visibility to every attendee when they launch the app
  • Prime digital real estate provides a “can’t miss it” pop-up advertising solution

Quantity available: 1

Banner Ad
Investment: $750

  • Ads placed on the main app screen for ultimate visibility
  • Attendees can easily connect with you by tapping through to your listing within the app

Quantity available: 5  4

Sponsor Listing
Investment: $500

  • Logo and company name listed on the app sponsorship page

Quantity available: 5  4


Welcome Bags
Investment: $2,000 or product SOLD!

See your logo everywhere during the 2018 Mid-America Restaurant Expo! This portable marketing opportunity will showcase your company’s name and logo on 4,000 bags. Be sure your company is featured!


Lanyards
Investment: $2,000 or product SOLD!

Put your name front and center around the necks of all attendees. This portable marketing opportunity will showcase your company’s name and website on 4,000 lanyards. Achieve high-visibility with this guaranteed sought-after item.


Water Stations
Investment: Call for pricing (6 stations available)

Attendees make frequent stops at the water cooler. Make sure your company name, logo and booth number are in front of them!


Custom Sponsorship

Don’t see the right fit for your company? We’ll customize an opportunity around your company’s unique sales and marketing goals. Contact Debra Seiple at 877-265-7469 or dseiple@ohiorestaurant.org for details.


Basic sponsorship package included with all levels:

  • Company logo or name at the Show entrance
  • Company logo or name on digital signage inside the main exhibit hall
  • Company logo or name on Show Program sponsor page
  • Company name or logo on the Expo website with link to your company website
  • Company name or logo listed on the Expo app sponsorship page