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‘Schmooza Palooza’ Business Event Rolls Out New Name for Prosperous New Year

January 5, 2019

     Starting the new year off with a flare, the 21st annual Imperial Valley Joint Chambers of Commerce event now known as the “Schmooza Palooza” Business Expo will again deliver the same interactive web hooking up commerce and customers.


     “I love coming out and see everybody connect. And it encourages business-to-business and business-to-public links, so we are really connecting our visitors,” said Jeanette McLaughlin, event coordinator.


     Formerly known as the Business Expo, the Palooza will feature 100 displays from businesses from throughout the Imperial County. It will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Jan. 10 in the Preble Building at the Imperial Valley Expo in Imperial.


     “We have events within events,” McLaughlin added. “We have a cooking demonstration with Pampered Chef (kitchen tools, food products and cookbooks).  “We have a fashion show this year, totally brand new, and the Imperial Valley Cancer Services Center staff will serve as models,”


     Restaurants will deliver scrumptious samples, including Johnny Carino’s, The Court Room, Buffalo Wild Wings and newcomers 316 Café, Nana’s Kitchen, Fiesta Mexican Foods, Olive Garden, Marcie’s Happy Moments (vegan bakery) and Mozzarelli Artisan Bistro.  


     Visitors can also enter to win $250, $500, and $1,000 in drawings and register to win door prizes from vendors throughout the night.


     Admission is $6. Those who get an event postcard from Rabobank or any one of the individual city chambers of commerce can get $1 off admission. If tickets are purchased by Dec. 31 from McLaughlin they cost just $4. She can be contacted at (760) 352-7164 or


     Some of the 2019 VIP Sponsors include Rabobank, Republic Services, Imperial Printers, Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District, Pinney, Caldwell & Pace, Securitas and El Centro Regional Medical Center. There are still a few exhibitor booths available but participants must contact McLaughlin soon.


     “Once you get in there’s no charge, unless you want a beverage; beer, wine or soda from one of the vendors,” she said. “This is a great opportunity for business to meet the public. It helps guests put a face on the business when they leave here.”

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