Businesses were showcased at The Marketplace Exhibition during CGI-Asia Conference 2010.
|PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MARKETPLACE
The Marketplace was launched to optimize the influence of business leaders and professionals through 4 E’s: Educate, Equip, Encourage and Empower.
Leveraging on the high volume of delegate traffic at CGI-Asia Conference 2010, which saw over 25,000 attendees, the Asia Conference Marketplace Exhibition was a platform to drive awareness and membership recruitment.
Apart from their participation at the conference, The Marketplace regularly organizes business luncheons, forums, seminars, a connect portal and a discussion group to create networking opportunities for the business community to share strategies in order to remain competitive.
The Marketplace Exhibition offered many opportunities for the Christian business community from City Harvest Church and their affiliate churches to network, carrying out business matching and exhibiting their array of products and services.
Many foreign delegates gave feedback that through the exhibition, they were able to expose their brand to a regional audience, generating leads and international opportunities. Some of the foreign delegates that exhibited included the Masarut Capital Group from Taiwan, PT. The First National Glassware from Indonesia and De Quan Investment Management from China.
Members of the regional business community who participated as international delegates from Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia were taken with The Marketplace ministry model. They were particularly encouraged by The Marketplace’s aim to raise industry standards for businesses and uphold godly business values.
This is a step away from the traditional mindset of separation and disconnect between secular business and church, and works to raise up a new generation of godly and excellent business leaders who spur one another to good works for the benefit for society.
At The Marketplace Exhibition, the organization also offered the new issue of its magazine Entrepot which contained useful insights and ideas from a panel of experts aimed at helping both professionals and business owners grow their professional capacity and enlarge their business capacity.
The panel consisted of successful marketplace personalities in many industries, from lawyers, accountants, marketers, management-level business leaders, business owners, ambassadors, venture capitalists to consultants and representatives from the Singapore Business Federation.
After the conference, the committee members of the Marketplace also engaged two notable Christian businessmen—Paul Kim and Ken Eldred—at a breakfast roundtable. The two billionaires who have a track record of philanthropy and key investments in strategic ventures in Silicon Valley were impressed with The Marketplace committee’s camaraderie and desire to encourage business in a way that was pure, based on integrity, openness and trust. In particular, they applauded The Marketplace’s willingness to help and accelerate each other’s business goals through mentoring.