Sponsors and Exhibitors benefit directly from Free/Open Source Software and its strong community. LinuxFest Northwest is run completely by volunteers. While we are fortunate to have a venue sponsored by Bellingham Technical College, there are other costs associated with the event. Sponsors and Exhibitors gain valuable, low key access to top technical talent, and national exposure to FOSS-related markets. Several leading firms have found LFNW to be a good place to recruit.