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Create Your Own Conference
a humble suggestion from Kate
NARTS Conference: Experience being with hundreds of like-minded resalers. Casual get-togethers, bus tour, workshops, and SourceMart for resale, consignment, and thrift shop owners and operators. Some of my fondest industry memories are of the Conferences I helped plan, participated in, and attended.
Problem is, not every resaler can go. With that in mind, let's look at how you can DIY "your own conference". Let's make it less intrusive on family and business life, less time-consuming, and most of all, less expensive. Can we do it? Sure we can: after all, we're entrepreneurs, right?
Kate's Plan for Tailoring your Own Conference:
Here's the costs of going to Conference.
Total: A tad over $2000.
Now, let's see if we can tailor our own "conference" and learn as much on our own using TGtbT Products for the Professional Resaler, following the agenda of Conference:
Thursday: Before Conference, we
gather informally at 6pm in the hotel's lobby bar to put faces to names and make new
Meet-n-Mingle. The NARTS 8 pm get-together. Some attendees bring shop
scrapbooks to share what they're doing.
Friday: Bus Tour.
You're invited to a variety of local member shops' sales floor, back
rooms, ask questions, shop, and nibble refreshments.
Evening: Cocktail Party and Auction. I won't even
attempt to duplicate this. The party is festive, the nibbles
Workshops and lunch. Inspiring. Every speaker has valuable
lessons to impart in their 45 minutes.
evening: Conference free time. Join fellow
resalers for dinner and more.
Networking, a workshop, brunch buffet, Sourcemart. More learning opportunities and a chance to
night: Party with your newfound best buds. A fun night for all.
morning: Up early to pack, and if your schedule allows, a
stop for one last NARTS event.
Remember: If you CAN go to Conference, I strongly suggest you DO. But if you can't, you can learn on your own. Pop on over to the TGtbT.com Facebook Page and let me know how it's going, won't you?
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