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In Reply to: Economic Downturn? posted by Pickin' Porkers on April 21, 2009 at 19:05:31:
As an organizer, most of the contests I work with have lost major financial support from corporate sponsors that make these events possible. Feedback from other organizers confirms this is a nationwide phenomenon.
As a cook team manager, our team sponsors are looking very closely at their budgets, seeking maximum return for their investments. We have to show a solid ROI to keep them on board.
Personally as a cook and judge I've *increased* the number of shows I will travel to this season, but of course this schedule is dependent upon maintaining sufficient personal income, which is always uncertain since I'm a small business owner.
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