We want to first of all thank each of our vendors for waiting patiently for the announcement of the status of the Everyday Heroes Funding and Products Expo. The amount of time it takes to find new locations is a time consuming process and could not give definite answers to everyone’s questions until we had all new venue contracts in place with our venue. Everyday Heroes has postponed and will be moved to Denver, Colorado Scheduled for February 2014. Making these kind of decisions are never easy but needed to be made. Everyone that purchased a booth or bought a ticket will be honored, and will give the exhibitors the chanced to select their new booth in the order in which exhibitors purchased their booth space to select the best location on a first come first serve basis based on the previous expo and vendors will be notified to select their new booth space once the new floor plan has been completed, and according to the terms and conditions stated on each exhibitors contract. We will refund all vendors their exhibition costs if the February show does not take place if the federal government’s situation does not change, and this expo will be cancelled indefinitely.
The Change of date is for numerous reasons but the first and for most is due to the fact of the current Federal Government Sequester has the 2013 grant season in question. The millions of dollars that have been automatically slashed for grants is the main reason for the postponement. We needed additional time to understand how the majority of grants will be handled on a Federal Level from this date forward or until the sequester ends. The largest question is when the actual deadline date will be for the 2013 AFG Grant season. One of the big cuts that have happened due to the the sequester was the cutting of the staff that actually processes the applications for grants for FEMA which will greatly impact the deadlines and also the awards for all future grant seasons.. So we needed to have time to see what the actual outcome will be for this years deadlines and the actual path grants will be taking this year. There are other financial solutions to departments for a considerable amount of money in addition to grants that are now available for departments that are considered to be in financial hardship. But, these programs are also governed by the Federal Govt. and those programs are also in question at this time.
Just like doctors we have an oath that we must follow as well. This oath is to do not additional harm to our Everyday Heroes. Just like so many other things the right decision is not always the most favorable decision and most companies will take the path of least resistance just to make everything easier financially for themselves. This expo is to help reduce the financial problems within our Emergency Response and Military and not increase the financial distress to these departments that choose to attend and not gain anything from the trade show other than them attending and spending money to receive inadequate and incorrect information. We strive for perfection in regards to putting the best and most informative trade show together for our country’s Police, Fire, EMS Departments and the Military and will stand behind our decision to postpone which we believe is the right one when it comes to helping today’s Everyday Heroes.