2022 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 morning breakfast events.

The expected audience of 2,000+ 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, secure your sponsorship here, or contact Melissa DeGraw, Director of Business Development & Growth at 614.246.2130 or mdegraw@ohiorestaurant.org


Gold Show Sponsor 
Investment: $7,500 (three available)

  • 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 (five available)

  • 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 (four available)

  • 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

Show Supporter
Investment: $2,000 (nine available)

  • 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

Keynote Sponsor
Investment: $2,500 (Exclusive)

Presenting Sponsor includes basic sponsorship package plus:

  • Opportunity to welcome the crowd for five minutes prior to the keynote
  • Opportunity to introduce keynote speaker
  • Opportunity to place materials (including surveys) in room on up to 1,000 seats
  • Attendee list
  • Pre-show email blast promoting keynote speaker

Education Track: Workforce Growth & Employee Wellness 
Investment: $5,000 Presenting Sponsor (Exclusive)

Presenting Sponsor includes basic sponsorship package plus:

  • Signage at the event
  • Opportunity to welcome the crowd for five minutes prior to each session in this track
  • Opportunity to introduce speakers for all sessions in this track
  • Opportunity to present one educational session in this track
  • Opportunity to place materials in breakout room
  • Full attendee list for show duration
  • Pre-show email blast promoting Workforce Track sponsorship and itinerary
  • 6’ table and two chairs will be placed in breakout room for sponsor to use

Education Track: Emerging Tech
Investment: $5,000 Presenting Sponsor (Exclusive)

Presenting Sponsor includes basic sponsorship package plus:

  • Signage at the event
  • Opportunity to welcome the crowd for five minutes prior to each session in this track
  • Opportunity to introduce speakers for all sessions in this track
  • Opportunity to present one educational session in this track
  • Opportunity to place materials in breakout room
  • Full attendee list for show duration
  • Pre-show email blast promoting Emerging Tech Track sponsorship and itinerary
  • 6’ table and two chairs will be placed in breakout room for sponsor to use

Education Track: Strategic Leadership
Investment: $5,000 Presenting Sponsor (Exclusive)

Presenting Sponsor includes basic sponsorship package plus:

  •  Signage at the event
  • Opportunity to welcome the crowd for five minutes prior to each session in this track
  • Opportunity to introduce speakers for all sessions in this track
  • Opportunity to present one educational session in this track
  • Opportunity to place materials in breakout room
  • Full attendee list for show duration
  • Pre-show email blast promoting Education Track sponsorship and itinerary
  • 6’ table and two chairs will be placed in breakout room for sponsor to use

Education Track: Tools for Success
Investment: $5,000 Presenting Sponsor (Exclusive)

Presenting Sponsor includes basic sponsorship package plus:

  • Signage at the event
  • Opportunity to welcome the crowd for five minutes prior to each session in this track
  • Opportunity to introduce speakers for all sessions in this track
  • Opportunity to present one educational session in this track
  • Opportunity to place materials in breakout room
  • Full attendee list for show duration
  • Pre-show email blast promoting Tools for Success Track sponsorship and itinerary
  • 6’ table and two chairs will be placed in breakout room for sponsor to use

Workshop: Building an Intentional Company Culture (part three of the Creating and Sustaining a Competitive Advantage Series) 

Investment: $2,000 Presenting Sponsor (Exclusive)

Presenting Sponsor includes basic sponsorship package plus:

  • Opportunity to welcome and address attendees at the beginning of the workshop
  • Opportunity to distribute company materials to attendees
  • Opportunity to have a table at workshop
  • Option for a representative to moderate and/or participate in educational panel for workshop. 
  • Eight tickets to the Mid-America Restaurant Expo & Conference
  • List of attendees at the workshop for follow up

Workshop: Women's Leadership
Investment: $2,000 Presenting Sponsor (Exclusive)

Presenting Sponsor includes basic sponsorship package plus:

  • Opportunity to welcome and address attendees at the beginning of the workshop
  • Opportunity to distribute company materials to attendees
  • Opportunity to have a table at workshop
  • Option for a representative to moderate and/or participate in educational panel for workshop. 
  • Eight tickets to the Mid-America Restaurant Expo & Conference
  • List of attendees at the workshop for follow up

The Establishment - SOLD OUT
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

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 Sunday & Monday 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 Sunday & Monday 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

Networking Lounge
Investment: $2,500 (Exclusive)

Sponsorship includes the basic sponsorship package plus:

  • Opportunity for representatives to be on-site for networking
  • Table and two chairs will be placed in Networking Lounge for sponsor to use
  • Sponsor may place their own signage in Networking Lounge
  • Attendee List
  • Opportunity to place (including surveys) in Networking Lounge

Cooking Demo Pop-ups
Investment: $5,000 (Exclusive)

Sponsorship includes the basic sponsorship package plus:

  • Signage at the event
  • Special recognition during the event
  • Opportunity to welcome the crowd for two minutes for all programming at Demo Pop-ups
  • Opportunity to have three (3) demos per day
  • Opportunity to place materials in area
  • Opportunity to place marketing materials in 3,000 attendee bags
  • Opportunity to use sponsor product in pop-up areas
  • Full attendee list for show duration
  • Pre-show email blast promoting Demo Pop-Ups sponsorship and itinerary

Competition Area  - SOLD OUT
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

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  - SOLD OUT


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: 4

Sponsor Listing
Investment: $500

  • Logo and company name listed on the app sponsorship page

Quantity available: multiple  


Welcome Bags

Investment: $3,500   - SOLD OUT

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 OUT

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 OUT
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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