February 04 - 07, 2018  ·  Sheraton Tampa East Hotel - Tampa, FL
2018 NICA Business Expo and Fare Foods Food Show
A unique opportunity to network with your peers, expand your knowledge and improve your bottom line.
February 04 - 07, 2018  ·  Sheraton Tampa East Hotel - Tampa, FL

NICA and Fare Foods are proud to bring you one of the best Business Expos and Food Shows in our industry!

The NICA Business Expo provides Workshops and Discussion Groups which cover the issues and daily challenges our industry is faced with today, facilitated by experts in their fields.

The Fare Foods 2018 Food Show will feature exhibitors showcasing the latest food trends and technology that will define the 2018 Fair Season.


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Become Certified in the ServSafe Program during the Gibtown Trade Show. This is the required exam for ALL food service vendors in ALL States including some Local/City requirements.

Tuesday, Feb. 6 - Friday, Feb. 9, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cost $150.00 Per Person (Includes Class Materials, Study Guide & Test)

You MUST Pre-Register and Pre-Pay, Class size will be limited to 25 people.
For Pre-Registration Contact: Teresa Rimes @ 813-677-9377 or Teresa@gibtownshowmensclub.com

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Monday, February 5
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Business Perpetuation
Succession planning for your business. Who will take over and how?
Cypress Room
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Survey Room Open
Take a moment out of the day to stop by the Survey Room. This valuable tool will help us better serve you in the future by providing your incite into the expo and food show.
Brandon 1
10:45 AM - 12:45 PM
ELD - Electronic Logging Device
What does it mean for me?
Cypress Room
12:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Past Presidents and Directors Lunch and Meeting
Palm Room
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Vendor Setup
Vendors will be allowed to enter the Ballroom at Noon to begin setup for the Food Show.
Grande Ballroom
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Insurance Panel
Take advantage of an opportunity to ask Amusement Industry Insurance representatives your questions.
Cypress Room
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Labor Panel
Amusement Industry Labor Issues discussed and ideas to assist you.
Brandon 6
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Fare Foods Food Show
Grande Ballroom
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Fare Foods Hospitality Suite
Palm Room
Tuesday, February 6
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Today’s Health Insurance Options
Brandon 6
Transfer of Ownership = Succession Planning = Long Range Planning
Brandon 2
Clover Setup and Use
Brandon 4
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Survey Room Open
Take a moment out of the day to stop by the Survey Room. This valuable tool will help us better serve you in the future by providing your incite into the expo and food show.
Brandon 1
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
DOT Update
Cypress Room
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
What’s New in Concessions? Panel
This panel includes many of the industry leaders with the newest products.
Cypress Room
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Insurance Risk Management
How does your business look to the Insurance Company?
Brandon 2
Fries and Oil
Presented by Fare Foods
Brandon 4
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Fare Foods Food Show
Grande Ballroom
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Fare Foods Hospitality Suite
Palm Room
Wednesday, February 7
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Survey Room Open
Take a moment out of the day to stop by the Survey Room. This valuable tool will help us better serve you in the future by providing your incite into the expo and food show.
Brandon 1
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
WIN Reunion
Come celebrate 25 years of NICA/WIN; Rekindle “Old” friendships, Relive “Old” Memories
Brandon 6
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Member Benefits
Our NICA Benefits explained by the people that know them best.
Cypress Room
12:45 PM - 2:00 PM
Human Resources – Back to Basics
Brandon 2
Profit? Where it it going?
For concessionaires and fairs.
Brandon 4
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
General Membership Meeting
Palm Room
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Cocktail Hour
Sponsored by OABA
Grande Ballroom
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
25th Anniversary Gala – “Denim & Diamonds”
Entertainment by Jim Garrett
Grande Ballroom
SEMINAR PRESENTORS
Singer/Songwriter
Backyard Canvas and Signs
GreenZone Hero
JKJ Workforce
LOCATION
Sheraton Tampa East Hotel - Tampa, FL - 10221 Princess Palm Avenue Tampa, FL 33610 United States

General Information


Registration: The registration booth is located at the entrance to the Business Expo & Food Show. If you have preregistered, please stop by to pick up your badges. If you have not pre-registered, you can do so at the show. The registration booth is open Monday from 10 AM - 8:00 PM & Tuesday from 8 AM - 8 PM.

Information Booth: A NICA/Fare Foods information booth will be located inside the Showroom. NICA and Fare Foods representatives will be available to members and guests with questions about NICA, its programs and benefits. NICA staff and Board of Directors as well as Fare Foods staff will be present throughout the show.

Hospitality Suite: Fare Foods would like to invite all exhibitors, members and guests to the Fare Foods Hospitality Suite from 9 - 11 PM on Monday & Tuesday in the Palm Room.

Restaurants: The Sheraton Tampa East Hotel offers a unique taste of Tampa in Panfilo’s Grill, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a casual atmosphere or relax at Panfilo’s Bar, featuring happy hour from 4 - 7 PM daily. Additionally, room service is available from 6 AM - 11 PM.

Recreation, Guest & Business Services: The Sheraton Tampa East Hotel features an outdoor heated pool and a 24-hour fitness facility for recreation purposes. Other guest services include 24-hour concierge service, 100% non-smoking rooms and facilities, bellmen and

porters, luggage storage, dry cleaning and laundry, and copy/fax/print services. For more information on the services provided at the Sheraton Tampa East, please visit their Website.