Saturday, May 5, 2012
Entrepreneurs benefit from the Cinco de Mayo festivities that brought at least a thousand people to the Nomar International Marketplace in North Wichita.
Organizers said they hoped the special event would help the nearly two dozen vendors at Nomar today.
"I think this is a good opportunity for small business owners to get their name out there," said Jose Piedra, vendor.
Entrepreneurs enjoyed the exposure and sales that came from having an open marketplace filled with a diverse clientele.
"You're giving an opportunity to these vendors," said Piedra. "It makes you feel good as a person, if you can come out here and support each one of these vendors out here."
Vendors like Teresa Ahedo said the large crowds that were expected for the Cinco de Mayo celebrations brought her back out to Nomar.
"We've tried to do other things here at Nomar and they weren't as big as this, so, it was very important for me to go out," said Ahedo.
The special event brought together different vendors and activities for the community. City leaders said entrepreneurship was the driving force for the marketplace.
"We hope to be a bit of a business development and business incubator as well, which will help with economic development in this area, which we feel is really important," said Wichita's vice mayor, Janet Miller.
Small business owners and visitors said they were enjoying the benefits of Wichita's own marketplace in the north-end.
"That is really the goal all along was to be a community gathering place, to focus and highlight different cultures," said Miller.
The marketplace will be opened every Saturday from 6-10 p.m., starting May 12th.
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