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MEC hosts business expo to help customers connect with discounts

April 3, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY — About 30 businesses participated in the Co-op Connections Business Expo, a program offered to Mohave Electric Cooperative customers looking to save money when they patronize participating businesses.

Along with learning about the businesses that came to the expo, MEC customers received gift bags with an array of items and could try their luck with prize drawings throughout the event. Three $100 gift certificates were given away as grand prizes.

Terry Puryear, MEC’s public affairs and communications coordinator, talked about the program. A long list of local and even national businesses provide deals to MEC customers.

“We have a lot of new vendors,” Puryear said. “Everybody’s talking.”

The interaction between MEC customers and participating businesses is the main reason for the annual event. Customers can learn about these businesses and decide whether to patronize them.

Puryear also talked about the customer card application that can be used on a mobile phone, which he said makes it even more convenient to take advantage of MEC’s savings offers.

He suggested going to Google Play or Android to download the application. Versions are designed for Android and iOS mobile phones.

“We get discounts this way,” said Estrella Mendoza of Bullhead City, as she sat next to her husband, Isaias Mendoza.

They found a travel agent through Co-op Connections who, she said, “does a good job.”

Healthy Savings allows members to save with discounts of up to 85 percent on prescriptions as well as discounts on dental, vision, chiropractic, hearing aids, and lab and imaging with their card.

The program also offers hundreds of opportunities to save and the Cash Back Mall provides rewards for online purchases with major retailers, according to MEC.

MEC members get the card for free.

The Colorado River Historical Society Museum held a sales event near the Business Expo, hoping to take advantage of the additional foot traffic at Community Park.

Members were able to sell most of their merchandise. Any items not sold were given to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River to sell at its thrift store.

The museum’s book sale is ongoing at the Lil’ Red Schoolhouse today from noon to 4 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The society is fundraising to add a library to its new museum building in Community Park.