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7 ways to take advantage of Natural Products Expo West–even if you don't have a booth

Anyone who isn't exhibiting can still reap these benefits of attending Natural Products Expo West 2020.

Cameron Simcik, Community & Conference Content Coordinator

February 7, 2020

3 Min Read
Expo West Anaheim Convention Center

Having a fruitful Natural Products Expo West 2020 experience isn’t reserved for exhibitors. If you’re just attending this go around, you’ll be able to take advantage of the numerous events and gatherings that take place outside the show floor. They’re ideal opportunities to deeply connect with peers, learn from industry leaders and establish yourself as part of the natural products industry community.

Get your Expo West schedule out and pencil in these events.

Connect at the Community Breakfast

Enjoy a meal with industry friends, peers and clients at the free Community Breakfast, open to all Natural Products Expo West attendees and exhibitors. Located at the Anaheim Marriott, this event is about connecting with show goers and establishing meaningful connections.

Community Breakfast
Thursday, March 5
7:30-10:00 a.m.
Big White Tent at Anaheim Marriott

Join us for yoga and meditation

Start your Expo West days off calm, cool and collected by attending Early Morning Yoga and Morning Meditations within close walking distance of the Anaheim Convention Center. It’s an opportunity to reduce stress and get grounded before busy Expo days ensue. Plus, you don’t even have to have prior experience to join.

Early Morning Yoga
Wednesday, March 4 - Saturday, March 7
7:30-9:00 a.m.
Grand Plaza Stage

Morning Meditations
Wednesday, March 4 - Friday, March 6
8:15-9:00 a.m.
Arena Plaza Stage

Dance the night away at Evenings on the Plaza

After happy hours, grab your dancing shoes and head over to Evenings on the Plaza where you can dance and let loose for two hours of energizing live music.

Check out The Hip Abduction Wednesday, Black Pumas Thursday and Nahko & Medicine for the People Friday.

Evenings on the Plaza
Wednesday, March 4 - Friday, March 6
6-8 p.m.
Grand Plaza Stage

Upgrade to a Super Pass Badge

Did you know Expo West is jam-packed with top-notch education? Whether you’re a first-time attendee, Expo West veteran or somewhere in between, we have sessions and summits for everyone. Most education requires a Super Pass badge, so be sure to upgrade your badge here. These are some education highlights to look forward to:

Rise, Raise Repeat: Growing Your Business is a Long Distance Trek
Friday, March 6, 7:30–9:00 a.m. (includes light breakfast)
Marriott, Orange County Ballroom 1

The State of Personal Care: Market Overview & Leading Industry Initiatives
Friday, March 6, 1:30–4:00 p.m.
Marriott, Grand Ballroom F

Taking Action to Increase Agrobiodiversity in Our Food System
Thursday, March 5, 10:00-12:00 p.m.
Marriott, Grand Ballroom F

How to Support Organic from Farm to Shelf
Wednesday, March 4, 10:00-12:00 p.m.
Marriott, Grand Ballroom F

How to Market Your Brand, Increase Sales & Authentically Connect with Consumers
Thursday, March 5, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Marriott, Orange County Ballroom 1

Celebrate natural products industry legends

It's the natural products industry leaders and pioneers that have positively shaped the industry who deserve to be recognized. These are the people celebrated at Hall of Legends, sure to inspire attendees of all kinds.

Hall of Legends
Thursday, March 5
6:00-7:30 pm
Marquis South/Central Ballrooms

Help make our industry more inclusive

We’re all unique parts of the natural products industry, and our differences are meant to be celebrated. Join us at the Diversity in Naturals Networking Event to learn from industry leaders and connect with peers who support a more just, equitable, diverse and inclusive natural products industry.

Diversity in Naturals Networking Event
Friday, March 6
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Hilton, Sunset Deck

Kick back at daily happy hours

Need a spot to unwind after a long day? We got you covered. Join us at Happy Hours at Arena Plaza and Sheraton Park Happy Hours to grab a drink (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), eat some appetizers and enjoy live music with industry friends.

Happy Hours at Arena Plaza
Wednesday, March 4 - Friday, March 6
Happy Hours 4-6 p.m.
Arena Plaza Stage

Sheraton Park Happy Hours
Wednesday, March 4 - Friday, March 6
Happy Hours 4-6 p.m.
Sheraton, The Park

About the Author(s)

Cameron Simcik

Community & Conference Content Coordinator, New Hope Network

Cameron is a certified nutritionist passionate about elevating emerging natural products brands through writing and conference programming and bringing holistic health to the masses.

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