A Winner from THE NBM SHOW

Alexandria Bruce is the Digital Content Editor for Printwear magazine covering news in the apparel and textile industries. 

THE NBM SHOW travels coast-to-coast, hosting various exhibitors and products across the sign and digital graphics, apparel decorating and awards and engraving markets.

Each attendee who receives a badge at the show has the opportunity to win $500 in Buyer Bucks. Buyer Bucks can be spent with any exhibitor at the show and drawings happen daily. NBM (National Business Media) reimburses the chosen exhibitor and winners have up to 45 days to make a purchase. Winners do not need to be present to claim their prize. 

In February 2017 Lori Champagne of Champagne Engraving was one of the lucky winners at THE NBM SHOW in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Champagne Engraving is a Michigan-based shop that primarily engraves in the wholesale market, although Champagne does serve customers outside that realm. She notes, “I engrave for other shops—jewelry shops and engraving shops that lack the equipment or expertise that I have—fiber laser, sandblaster, heat press, pantograph, etcetera.”  

Champagne attended the show on a whim. She was in the area for some business and family events and decided to check it out. She talks about her show experience in a positive light, noting that she received the “show bucks,” and left with a lot of information. “It was great having a crossover show so I could check out innovations in other industries. I actually bought a small piece of machinery from a company that sold digital microscopes,” Champagne says.

When asked if she’d return to THE NBM SHOW in 2018, she didn’t have a doubt, noting how important it is to make connections within other industries like apparel decoration and signage. She used the show to gain knowledge of other technologies she wouldn’t otherwise be around.  

So, what exactly did Champagne purchase with her Buyer Bucks? An Epilog Fusion M2 Laser. She says, “I now have my own CO2 and fiber laser in my shop, so I no longer depend on the local maker-space, and I can set my own hours. It has changed my life.”

Aside from the cross-market appeal and educational and networking opportunities, the Buyer Bucks program is just one more reason to attend THE NBM SHOW.

Visit for a full 2018 schedule, information on each stop, and links to register.