With over 130 exhibitors already signed up, the SMB FastTrack program at PACK EXPO Las Vegas (Sept. 23–25, 2013; Las Vegas Convention Center) continues to gain support and grow. The new program was designed by PACK EXPO owner and producer PMMI, the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, to help small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) find and implement innovative technologies. To do that, SMB FastTrack provides pre-show planning tools and on-site services to connect participating attendees with advanced packaging and processing technologies quickly and conveniently.

“Part of PMMI’s mission is to connect suppliers and their customers on the packaging and processing supply chain,” says Charles D. Yuska, president & CEO, PMMI. “The SMB FastTrack program takes that commitment to a new level by giving the exhibitors and attendees of PACK EXPO new ways to find each other and come up with innovative technology solutions.”

SMB FastTrack exhibitors, which offer special financing, discounts or additional services to SMBs, will be listed in the SMB FastTrack Sourcing Index, a special planning tool participants will receive prior to the show. As exhibitors continue to join the SMB FastTrack program, attendees can use the advanced exhibitor search function at www.packexpo.com to stay up-to-date on participating exhibitors. On-site, the dedicated SMB FastTrack Networking center on the show floor gives participating attendees and exhibitors a special venue for networking.

"I'm looking to source the best possible labeling solutions for my branding and advertising efforts. My company will be able to take advantage of the small business discounts offered by SMB FastTrack exhibitors," said Beverly Cardozo, Owner, The Jolt Spice Enterprise

For C-level executives on the SMB FastTrack Platinum program benefits include the Personal Equipment & Technology Sourcing Service, which is available through September 20th. This special service gives participants personalized guidance to locate exhibitors showcasing the specific technologies they are seeking or other solutions to particular challenges.

"PACK EXPO provides comprehensive packaging solutions for our company, so we find great value in attending the show. Including the addition of the SMB FastTrack, it's a great opportunity to see everything under one roof," said Chip Mann, President, Pretzels Incorporated and Chairman of the Snack Food Association.

“We’re very excited to see exhibitors embracing this new initiative with enthusiasm,” Yuska adds. “Cutting-edge technologies and practices are enabling SMBs to become industry leaders like never before. The SMB FastTrack program provides an ideal way for these manufacturers and suppliers to connect and drive innovation throughout the marketplace.”

To learn more about the SMB FastTrack program, including qualification requirements, visit www.packexpo.com/fasttrack. To register for PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013, visit Packexpo.com. A discounted registration fee of $30 applies until September 9, when it increases to $60.

Source: PMMI