Gift group aims to host national trade show

CINCINNATI -- A national gift trade show to be established as a non-profit venture by United Sales Associates may be a reality by 2010, if that organization’s board is successful in its plan.

According to Stuart Miller of Goodwin Weavers, incoming treasurer of the group of about 350 manufacturers and reps, one of the organization’s three major goals is the establishment of such a show to help companies manage costs and time spent at trade shows.

A letter was sent last week, Miller said, to George Little Management, AmericasMart, Dallas Market Center, Merchandise Mart Properties and other show managers, telling them of the plan.

“We’re not trying to put those people out of business,” Miller said, “We’re just trying to make it more affordable for companies. We would like to have them help, but on our terms.”

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