Small Business Come Back From Covid 19

The quarantine has taken a toll on millions of people and thousands of small and medium size businesses. As you know, trade shows were the first thing to come to a halt when the virus hit. And unfortunately The Memphis Bridal Shows are on hold for the first time in 18 years. So our business is at a dead stop for the unforeseeable future. And with over 80% of our show vendors and supporters also being small businesses - who depend on our shows for their businesses to grow - most of them are in the same boat. And some are even in worse shape.

These businesses are the back bone of the event industry in the Memphis and Mid-South area. Not just weddings. But reunions, birthday parties, corporate events, business trade shows, Rehearsal dinners, Holiday events, fairs, pop up shops, theater events - the list goes on and on. These events will be coming back, but unfortunately most small businesses can only hold out for so long.

We are talking about local caterers, photographers, private venues, rental shops, bridal shops, tux shops, event planners, decorators, home based businesses, real estate agents, insurance agents, entertainers, DJs, Bands, florists, Make Up Artists, Jewelry and gift vendors, travel agents and so many others.

We want to raise $100,000.00 - enough money so that when we do get back to work and produce our LIVE shows again, these businesses can participate without worrying about how they are going to pay for the shows. This fund raiser will make it possible for us to cover all the various costs associated with the shows (radio and social media advertising and marketing, venue rental, pipe and drape, tables and chairs, covers, printing, staffing and more) and be able to get these small businesses back out in front of the public again, at no cost to them. So this fundraiser is for the many local small business people who desperately need to get back out there and build their businesses back up. Your donation could mean the difference between keeping these small local businesses afloat and these people losing everything they have spent their lives building. We will get back to normal and with your help and support we can help these local small businesses survive. We can pay for up to 250 booths at the shows for local small businesses. This will give all the businesses a chance to get back on their feet and reestablish their place in the event industry. We hope you can help. Thank you for you support.

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Kirk Carol Houston 
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Memphis, TN
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