The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development is reminding businesses interested in participating as a product vendor or food truck vendor in the 3rd Annual Made in Maui County Festival that the deadline for applications is May 31st.
Considered the largest products show in Maui County, this year’s event will be held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului and will be open to the public on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5, 2016. The Festival is presented by the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce.
“The Made in Maui County Festival is all about supporting our islands businesses,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa. “There’s such an incredible array of made in Maui County products here at home and providing a dynamic forum where thousands of residents and visitors can see and purchase these items will only help to grow these local businesses.”
Last year, over 10,000 residents and visitors attended the two-day event, which featured a Shoppers Preview and Buyers Preview on Friday, November 4; and the Big Festival Day on Saturday, November 5. A total of 140 local businesses showcased a wide variety of made-in-Maui County products and 13 food trucks participated. Product vendors reported more than $416,000 in total product sales, more than 250 total new wholesale accounts/orders were closed, and more than 4,500 leads for future sales/wholesale accounts.
“The entrepreneurial energy that is building in Maui County due to the success of this festival is an exciting phenomena,” said Teena Rasmussen, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, “Our business development partners are stepping up to provide technical assistance, training, and trade show opportunities to these growing companies. We are seeing the growth occur!”
Local businesses who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply as a Product Vendor:
- Business must be based in Maui County (current GET license required)
- All product(s) offered for sale must be made, manufactured, grown and/or created in Maui County. Although products may include source materials made/found in the State of Hawaii.
- Must meet minimum of 51 percent “Made in Hawaii” product valuation.
Deadline for Product Vendor and Food Truck Vendor applications is May 31, 2016. All applications will be reviewed between June 6 through July 8, and businesses will be notified of the Vendor Selection Committee’s decision on or before July 15th. Approved applicants will be required to attend a mandatory vendor training meeting.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for companies wishing to show their support for Maui County’s entrepreneurs and their products while increasing visibility for their own business. Sponsor benefits include event promotions, visibility during the Festival, access to a private buyers’ preview event, program advertising and more.