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Dallas’ The Next Big Give Finalists Announced

Dallas Market Center has announced the 10 finalists for The Next Big Give contest, an annual, national search for specialty retailers that make a difference in their communities through volunteering, raising funds, or donating goods. The Next Big Give is in its third year. Retailers either nominated themselves or were nominated by a manufacturer, a sales representative, buyer, or customer. A panel of industry experts and Dallas Market Center representatives selected the finalists.

Two winners will be announced on February 14 and will receive a complimentary trip to the Market in Dallas, held from March 21 to 24, including round-trip airfare from anywhere in the continental U.S. and two nights hotel stay. [Read more...]

New Juvenile Trade Show to Run Concurrently with TIA’s Fall Toy Preview

Next year, Dallas Market Center will premiere a new trade event for mass-market retailers, “PB&J: The Preview for Baby & Juvenile,” created as a joint venture with the Toy Industry Association (TIA). The new show will debut and run concurrently with TIA’s annual Fall Toy Preview, to be held October 2-4 on the Dallas Market Center campus.

PB&J will offer a focused selection of baby and juvenile resources from different manufacturers, with an emphasis on companies in the categories of furniture, bedding, gifts, décor, baby care, accessories, strollers, high chairs, and nursing/feeding. Echoing Fall Toy Preview’s model, PB&J will be a by-appointment-only event that brings together vendors with mass retailers for private meetings and networking events.

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The Second Annual “The Next Big Give” Contest

Dallas Market Center, home to the Toy Industry Association’s Fall Toy Preview, has launched its second annual The Next Big Give contest, a national search for specialty retailers that are giving back in their communities through volunteering, raising funds, or donating goods. Retailers may nominate themselves or be nominated by a manufacturer, a sales representative, or customer. The application is available at www.dallasmarketcenter.com/give, and the deadline is December 9.

On January 9, 10 finalists will be announced. The final two winners will be crowned on February 14 and will receive a complimentary trip to March Market in Dallas (March 22-25), including round-trip airfare from anywhere in the continental U.S. and a three-nights hotel stay.

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