Saturday, August 25, 2018
3 - 6 pm -- Business Expo (Always FREE to the public)
6 to 11 pm -- Grand Strand PRIDE Gala (advance ticket required)
Marina Inn at Grande Dunes Ballroom - 8121 Amalfi Place, MBSC
Grand Strand PRIDE and the Coastal Business Guild are proud to once again present the Business Expo and Gala. The Business Expo will feature exhibits from gay-owned, gay-managed, or gay-friendly businesses who are proud to market to the gay community along the Grand Strand. Come meet the top in the field businesses representing the medical, legal, financial, real estate and retail industries, just to name a few.
The Business Expo and Gala will be Saturday, August 25, 2018, returning to the beautiful Marina Inn at Grande Dunes ballroom. The Coastal Business Guild Expo will run from 3 to 6 pm and is FREE to the public. A cash bar will be available. The Grand Strand PRIDE Gala will begin at 6 pm immediately afterwards and will feature a fabulous dinner, keynote address by Greg Louganis, dancing and musical entertainment by The Extraordinaires. Advance tickets are required for the Gala.
Want to exhibit your business at the Expo?
The Business Expo is a great way to showcase your business to the Grand Strand LGBT community and our allies. We are sure your will want to be a part of this exciting event. Sponsorship also includes your membership in the Coastal Business Guild through September 30, 2019.
Hurry! Sponsorship deadline to be included in the printed program is Friday, July 13th.
Want to stay at the Marina Inn during PRIDE? Rooms start at $199 per night, plus resort fee and taxes. 2 bedroom suites are available at $329++. Call group reservations at 843-913-1333 and ask for the Grand Strand PRIDE group rate. This rate ends Thursday, July 26, 2018 or sooner if the hotel sells out.
We are pleased to announce Careteam+ as our VIP presenting sponsor for this year’s event, and as such, they are bringing Greg Louganis, four-time Olympic champion to our Business Expo and Gala, speaking as our keynote speaker. Often called “the greatest American diver” and “probably the greatest diver in history,” Greg is now a gay rights activist, as well as an HIV awareness advocate. In 1988 Greg tested positive for HIV. Coming out as a gay athlete in a time when it simply was not done, his 1995 autobiography spent five weeks at number one on the New York Times bestseller list. The story of Greg’s life, is a story that has inspired millions. We know you will be inspired as well.