2021 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 hundreds of 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, regional chains, as well as franchise and national operations with a presence in the Midwest. Most attendees are the owners and operators of their business and are located within a 250 mile radius of Columbus, Ohio, and MI, KY, WV, IN and PA.

We invite you to have representation at this important industry event through sponsorship. If you are interested in sponsorship with the Mid-America Restaurant Expo, contact Melissa DeGraw, Director of Business Development & Growth at 614.246.2130 or mdegraw@ohiorestaurant.org


Gold Show Sponsor
Investment: $7,500

  • Exclusivity in the business category
  • 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
  • Attendee list 
  • 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
  • Attendee list 
  • 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 

  • 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
  • Attendee list 
  • Digital advertising
    • One featured ad on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
    • Inclusion in 1 email blast 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

Virtual Show Sponsor
Investment: $2,000

  • 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
  • Attendee list 
  • Ability to place promotional materials in attendee bags
  • 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

Demo Stage 
Investment: $5,000 Presenting Sponsor 

Presenting Sponsor includes basic sponsorship package plus:

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

 


Food Truck Park
Investment: $3,000 Presenting Sponsor (exclusive) 

Presenting Sponsor includes basic sponsorship package plus:

  • Opportunity to place materials in the Park 
  • Pre-show email blast promoting sponsorship & stage itinerary
  • Attendee list 
  • Opportunity to display product at the front of the Expo
  • Opportunity to address attendees from the stage floor
  • 10 VIP Passes to the Expo

The Establishment
Investment: $5,000 Presenting Sponsor (Exclusive)

Presenting Sponsor includes basic sponsorship package plus:

  • Branded signage at the entrance to The Establishment 
  • Opportunity to welcome the crowd for five minutes
  • Attendee list 
  • Opportunity for branded wristbands 
  • Opportunity to provide product at the Demo Bar
  • One table and associated benefits in the Establishment area

Innovation & Innovation Stage 
Investment: $5,000 Presenting Sponsor (Exclusive)

Presenting Sponsor includes basic sponsorship package plus:

  • Branded signage at the entrance to the Innovation Stage
  • Opportunity to welcome the crowd for five minutes
  • Opportunity to provide a speaker for a 45-60 minute presentation
  • Attendee list 
  • 10 VIP Vouchers to the Expo
  • Opportunity to place materials in the stage area

ORA Shareables Stage
Investment: $3,000 Presenting Sponsor (Exclusive)

Presenting Sponsor receives the basic sponsorship package plus:

  • Branded signage at the entrance to the Shareables Stage
  • Opportunity to welcome the crowd for five minutes
  • Opportunity to provide a speaker for one 15 minute presentation per day
  • Attendee list
  • Opportunity to place materials in the stage area

The Expo Cafe
Investment: $1,000 (one sponsor per day)

This Monday & Tuesday morning, pre-show event brings together attendees and exhibitors to network over coffee. Get your brand in front of them BEFORE they hit the show floor. This networking event is FREE for attendees and exhibitors.

Sponsorship includes the basic sponsorship package plus:

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

Coffee Break
Investment: $1,000 (one sponsor per day)

This Monday & Tuesday mid-day break, brings together attendees and exhibitors to enjoy a break from the hustle of the show. Your brand will be front and center during this key networking opportunity. 

Sponsorship includes the basic sponsorship package plus:

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

Competition Area
Investment: $5,000 Presenting Sponsor (exclusive) 

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

Presenting Sponsor includes basic sponsorship package plus:

  • Signage at the 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 winner

President's Council Sponsor
Investment: $2,500 (2 available)

  • Opportunity to address President's Council for five minutes at the event. 
  • Opportunity for one (1) representative to attend the President's Council event. 
  • Invitation for up to two (2) people to attend the private VIP kick-off reception. 

President's Council Supporting Sponsor 
Investment: $2,000 (3 available)

  • Opportunity for one (1) representative to attend the President's Council event . 
  • Invitation for up to two (2) people to attend the private VIP kick-off reception. 

President's Council Reception Sponsor
Investment: $1,500 (exclusive)

  • Where appropriate, opportunity to showcase product during the President's Council kick-off reception. 
  • Invitation for up to  five (5) people to attend the private VIP kick-off reception. 
  • Opportunity to address the President's Council reception for five minutes. 

President's Council Gift Box
Investment: $1,000 (10 available)

  • Opportunity to place product in a gift bag for 50 of the region's top decision makers. 
  • Invitation for two (2) to attend private VIP kick-off reception.

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

  • 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: multiple

Sponsor Listing
Investment: $500

  • Logo and company name listed on the app sponsorship page

Quantity available: multiple  


Welcome Bags

Investment: $3,500   - SOLD

See your logo everywhere during the 2021 Mid-America Restaurant Expo! This portable marketing opportunity will showcase your company’s name and logo on attendee bags. Be sure your company is featured!  The Expo will handle all aspects of the production of the bags.  

Must be an exhibitor to sponsor this level.


Lanyards - SOLD

Investment: $3,500  

Put your name front and center around the necks of all attendees. This portable marketing opportunity will showcase your company’s name or website on 3,500 lanyards. Achieve high-visibility with this guaranteed sought-after item.  The Expo will handle all aspects of the production of the lanyards.  

Must be an exhibitor to sponsor this level.


Promotional Product Sponsorship - SOLD
Investment: $3,000 (Exclusive)

  • Signage at the Expo
  • Attendee List
  • Pre-Show Email Blast promoting Product Sponsor
  • Company Logo at the Show Entrance
  • Company Logo on Digital Signage inside the Main Exhibit Hall
  • Company Logo on Show Program Sponsor Page
  • Company will be featured on Exhibit Marketing website as the preferred promotional products company for the Expo
  • Opportunity to provide special offers to exhibitors
  • Company Logo linked on Expo website
  • Company Name and Logo listed on Event App sponsorship page
  • The Expo will purchase all promotional products from the sponsor

 

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 Melissa DeGraw at 614-246-2130 or mdegraw@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

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