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My Bahamas Sponge participates in International Trade Show in Atlanta
By Andrew Burrows
May 16, 2018 - 12:09:01 PM

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Bahamian Company, My Bahamas Sponge, made its inaugural international tradeshow day view On May 1-3 at the IDS Spring Show in Atlanta, Georgia. The show was a cash and carry event featuring exhibitors selling a variety of products including jewelry, clothing, and household items. The buyers at the show were mainly individuals and smaller boutique-type stores.

My Bahamas Sponge, whose motto is “100% Natural 100% Bahamian - we have a sponge for everything” was the only exhibitor selling sea sponges at this event, and showcased mainly bath and decorative sea sponges.

My Bahamas Sponge owner Andrew Burrows stated, “This was a fabulous opportunity to get my feet wet in the trade show market. I was able to establish relationships with several business owners, as well as to broker an agreement to showcase my sea sponges in a permanent showroom in Dallas, Texas. It was also a valuable learning experience from the point of view of understanding the export market better, along with the necessary logistics involved.

“The goal of My Bahamas Sponge is to rejuvenate an historic Bahamian industry, and to take it back to the international market at another level by creating a value added product that is profitable, eco-friendly and sustainable. The sponge industry has the ability to create jobs for many Bahamians if managed and marketed properly.”

My Bahamas Sponge will be attending an order writing show in Atlanta from July 11-15, 2018 where stores like Wal-Mart, Macy’s, Pier 1 Imports, and Bed Bath & Beyond will have their buyers in attendance. This show will expose My Bahamas Sponge to buyers representing some of the largest retailers in the United States. 

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