When Natural Products Expo East moved to Boston three years ago, it was a challenging time for the economy and the industry. Our team pulled together to make the event as affordable and productive as possible. Still, after listening carefully to our community of retailers and manufacturers, it was clear that the show needed to return to Baltimore. Our decision to do so has been well received.

“The familiar convenience of the Inner Harbor, both from a cost and access-to-market perspective, will maximize the ability for retailers and manufacturers alike to be successful,” says long-time attendee Ralph Celebre, owner of Basil Bandwagon Natural Market in Flemington, N.J.

At this year’s Expo East, which will take place Sept. 21 to 24 at the Baltimore Convention Center, we want to continue this positive momentum by moving forward with some of the programs established in Boston that were popular with attendees. Our goal is to give you the best of both worlds. Here’s a look at some of the Boston initiatives we will be bringing back home to Baltimore.

25% Club. Retailers can easily find exhibitors on the show floor that offer discounts of 25 percent or more on orders placed during the show.

Travel green, save green. Buyers who take public transportation to the show can receive reimbursement of up to $50 for their travel.

Find-a-product desk. This program provides buyers with hands-on, guided assistance to find the products and exhibitors they want to see at the show.

Show Directory. Our searchable listing of exhibitors, education and events at expoeast.com includes matchmaking features and the ability to set appointments and connect via email.