On June 8th, Associated Builders & Contractors hosted the 2nd annual Contractor Networking Event in Portland, Oregon at the Moda Center (previously known as the Rose Garden). We look forward to this event each year because it brings together businesses from all different industries for 2 days of networking. Each year, participants tell us how great their experience was and how much they look forward to continuing the business relationships they made at the event.
The drive from Sparks, NV to Portland, OR is quite a long one at about 530 miles via I-5 North. If you’re inclined to drive the speed limit, the trip will take about 9 hours without any traffic. With that in mind, the majority of attendees fly in. As the host of the event, we flew in as well, carrying all of our equipment on board the planes.
While ABC was this year’s host, the networking event was sponsored by Banish Pest Control, a Portland exterminator with multiple locations. Their pest control service has received numerous local awards for pest removal, including notable mice infestations. In addition, many of the companies in attendance at the Moda Center have used their service to get rid of everything from rats to termites. The company is very impressive, and we were honored to have them host the event.
After a short welcome speech to open the event on Saturday morning, the various businesses from Portland had a chance to network for about 3 hours until the lunch break scheduled at noon. Lunch was catered and lasted about an hour and a half. Shortly thereafter, 10 different local business owners stepped on stage to share their stories of the relationships they’ve built using this networking event. After that, the networking continued until the 7:00 PM cocktail hour. Open bar lasted until 9:00 PM when the event wrapped for the 2nd year in a row.
Overall, we were very happy with the turnout, welcoming 49 returning businesses and more than 76 new ones to the group. We look forward to continuing this again at the 3rd annual Portland Networking Event in 2020.