LEWISTON — The 21st annual, newly renamed Maine Business to Business Trade Show kicks off Thursday at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee with 160 companies representing 90-plus industries in the state’s largest trade show of its kind.

Show organizer Travis Dow said businesses from seven states and three Canadian provinces have tables at the sold-out event.

The trade show, which usually draws more than 1,000 people, runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entry is free, as always, by leaving a business card at the door.

“Small business owners are great for the show, people who are interested in business-to-business networking, if someone is looking to start a business, entrepreneurs,” Dow said. “The show is appealing to a wider swath with a change in focus to promoting statewide commerce. Lewiston-Auburn being the hub of Maine, it’s a fitting place to do it.”

Booths will be set up inside and outside the Colisee. The Manufacturing Association of Maine’s B2B Matchmaking Program, pairing companies who need product with companies that make it, and representatives from the Top Gun entrepreneurship program will both be there, Dow said.

The trade show is put on by the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council and the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

Attendees who register online in advance will have name tags waiting at the door.

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