The 2014 Greater Bangor Pet Expo Dates are Confirmed!

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The Greater Bangor Pet Expo will be held at the Cross Insurance Conference Center in Bangor on Sept 12-13.
The Greater Bangor Pet Expo will be held at the Cross Insurance Conference Center in Bangor on Sept 12-13.

2014 Androscoggin Pet Expo Dates are Confirmed!

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The 2014 Andro Pet Expo is scheduled for September 26-27, at the Lewiston Armory on Central Avenue.
The 2014 Andro Pet Expo is scheduled for September 26-27, at the Lewiston Armory on Central Avenue.

 

 

If you love animals the way we love animals, we hope you’ll get involved with The Maine Pet Expos.

Next year (2014), we will produce three pet shows, the Greater Portland Pet Expo on June 5-6 at Seasons Conference Center (off Exit 48); the Greater Bangor Pet Expo on September 12-13 at the Cross Insurance Conference Center in Bangor, and the Greater Androscoggin Pet Expo on September 26-27 at the Lewiston Armory on Central Avenue.

FMI:  Please join our discussion group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MainePetExpos, and “like” our page:  https://www.facebook.com/themainepetexpos.

For exhibit booth, sponsorship, show program advertising, workshops, Designated Non-Profit, and volunteer information, please contact Linda at LSnyder (at) regroupbiz (dot) com.  As we get a bit closer, you’ll be able to find exhibitors, sponsors, advertisers and attendee information on eventbrite.com

We’re also slowly working on developing a non-profit to raise funds for animal rescues – AARF – Animal Activist and Resource Fund.  You can read more about AARF at https://www.facebook.com/AARF.AnimalActivistResourceFund.

We foster dogs through two rescue organizations (Maine Lab Rescue and The Pixel Fund), and collect donations for several rescues.  For more information on either of these efforts, please contact Linda at LSnyder (at) regroupbiz (dot) com.

And if you’d like to read random thoughts about our dogs, please follow us at http://themainedogblog.wordpress.com.

Welcome to our world!

 

It Ain’t Easy Being in Business…

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Just had to turn down a potential vendor/exhibitor for three separate reasons. I feel badly about it because she seemed very nice and earnest, but being in business nowadays isn’t as easy as cooking some dog treats and selling them. The whole world is lawsuit happy, and there are state laws we must all follow.

The issues were that she….
a) wanted to exhibit and sell her dog treats without a Certificate of Insurance (NO! if someone’s dog gets sick, we all get sued),
b) wanted to exhibit and sell her dog treats without a State Resale Tax ID (NO! that’s illegal), and
c) wanted to run a raffle to give away her dog treats if I wouldn’t allow her to sell without the COI and Resale ID # (NO! state law says you must be a registered non-profit to run a raffle…..).

Here’s my response…

Yes, you would need a State Resale Tax ID number to sell products at the show… that’s state law.

The Certificate of Insurance is also needed…. heaven forbid someone claimed their dog got sick from eating your treats. Not only would they sue you, but they’d sue me too if you didn’t have insurance. I’ve been in business for many years, and people are sue-happy. You just don’t want to take a chance. Besides, both the Lewiston Armory and the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor require it of the vendors (not just from me). So there’s no way around it.

(For exhibitors who are not selling food products or not bringing animals with them, I will allow a “waiver of insurance”.)

The Certificate of Insurance is needed even for the mixes. Someone could still claim that something in the mix made their dog sick. You really should consider having insurance. Why take the chance of losing your house because someone decided to be a jerk?

And I hate to offer more bad news, but as a for-profit, private individual, you aren’t allowed to run raffles. There are state laws regarding those as well, which are governed by the state police. It’s rare that anyone gets in trouble with it, but there have been instances and it wasn’t a fun situation for the people involved. Here’s a link to a Bangor Daily News article re this issue.
http://bangordailynews.com/2010/03/19/news/bangor/police-thwart-raffle-aimed-at-helping-nonprofit/

And here’s the first paragraph from the state’s fact sheet on raffles [which I attached to my email]:

Raffles:

Who may conduct a Raffle?

Only a bonafide non-profit organization that meets the licensing requirements for a Game of Chance may conduct a Raffle (Licensed or Unlicensed). An individual or business (that does not meet the licensing criteria) may not conduct a raffle in which a person provides something of value for a chance to enter the raffle.
I’m really sorry to be such a downer about this all. Obviously I want as many exhibitors as possible, since that’s how I make my living. But I don’t want to place either myself, you or anyone else in a position of inadvertently breaking the law or otherwise getting into trouble.

Thanks so much for your interest… if there’s any way you can work through these issues, I’d love to talk with you further.

Linda

New t-shirts for a limited time!

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Want to help us help animals?

Great! Now you can buy a “Rudi Says…” long sleeved t-shirt through crowd-sourcing site Teespring. Buying one (or more) will help us support rescues!

Available for a limited time,only through August 11!

Check them out at: http://teespring.com/mainepetexpos

 

Rudishirt

What’s that Smell? You Mean It’s Not Dog Poo?

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Okay…. yesterday at the grocery store I was in one of my “my Hubs is so wonderful” moods that I wanted to do something special for him.  So I bought a – gulp – can of Spam which he loves and hasn’t had in the 7 years we’ve been living together.

The woman in front of me in the checkout line was buying all organic (which is my preference); like a little kid, I hid the Spam behind the cauliflower and under the blueberries until it was my turn and she was long gone.

ANYWAY, just now I was working in my office which is on the 2nd floor of our house.  Yuck…. what is that smell?  Did one of the dogs take a dump inside?  (Rudi, I’m gonna kill you!)

I headed out in the hallway and realized the smell was coming up from the first floor.  No kidding… and I yelled… DID YOU OPEN THAT CAN OF SPAM??

No answer from the Hubs who apparently was in the man cave (ground floor, finished daylight basement).  So ran downstairs, opened the refrigerator and saw a container with leftover Spam in it.  Headed all the way down, and the Hubs was just happily swallowing his last bite of a Spam, American Cheese and white bread sandwich.

Apparently, Spam – when heated in the microwave – smells like you-know-what.

Spam
Spam

RFP: Designated Non-Profit Status for the Greater Bangor Pet Expo

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Bangor Pet Expo Designated Non-Profit Proposal Form

Proposal Guidelines 

Thank you for your interest in being the designated non-profit for our upcoming show!

Please complete our Request for Proposal Form to help us in our decision-making.

Applications are due on June 15, 2013 with a decision made by June 30, 2013.This allows us more than four months of marketing & public relations regarding the winning organization – and we expect that you will use this time to market your role in the event, and the event itself.

The Designated Non-Profit receives the following:

  • A free exhibit booth in a prime location
  • Name & logo on all promotional materials including most tickets
  • Press releases specific to  your organization
  • Free entry for up to six members of your organization
  • We will encourage donations from all attendees at the door of the show (advertised in advance). You tell us what you need.
  • A 3 minute introduction of your organization from the podium each show day.

Your completed one-page  proposal must reach What a Great Event! no later than 06/21/2013. You can fax it to us at 207 / 784.3950, email it to LSnyder@regroupbiz.com or send it via snail mail.

We don’t want you to miss the deadline, so hurry and get your proposal in to us!  Good luck!

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If you love animals the way we love animals, we hope you’ll get involved with The Maine Pet Expos.

This year (2013), we will produce two pet shows, the Greater Androscoggin Pet Expo on September 21-22 (note new dates!) at the Lewiston Armory on Central Avenue and the Greater Bangor Pet Expo on October 19-20 at the new Cross Insurance Conference Center in the old Bass Park Complex.

FMI:  Please join our discussion group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MainePetExpos, and “like” our page:  https://www.facebook.com/themainepetexpos.

For exhibit booth, sponsorship, show program advertising, workshops, Designated Non-Profit, and volunteer information, please contact Linda at LSnyder (at) regroupbiz (dot) com.  You can also find information on these two sites:  http://andropetexpoexhibitors.eventbrite.com and http://bangorpetexpoexhibitors.eventbrite.com

We’re also working on a non-profit to raise funds for animal rescues – AARF – Animal Activist and Resource Fund.  You can read more about AARF at https://www.facebook.com/AARF.AnimalActivistResourceFund.

We foster dogs through two rescue organizations (Maine Lab Rescue and The Pixel Fund), and collect donations for several rescues.  For more information on either of these efforts, please contact Linda at LSnyder (at) regroupbiz (dot) com.

Welcome to our world!