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Once again, Surfaces 2009 is just around the corner! This year, interactive technology makes it so much easier for you to organize yourself before the show. The digital brochure (an incredible piece of software engineering, I must say) can be downloaded to your phone, and you can make appointments online. As usual, Carol Wilkins, Conference Manager, is as cool as a cucumber; I don’t know how she does it but I’m sure she enjoys what she does and has a genuine appreciation for all of those who take part in the show.

The seriousness of the economy is evident in the seminars and events as well as the first-ever General Session, entitled "Prevailing Through the Current Crisis – An Industry Wake-Up Call," scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 3, 8:30 am – 10:00 am in the Palazzo Ballroom at the Venetial Hotel. Keith Campbell, Chairman, Mannington Mills, will provide the welcome and opening remarks, with sponsorship provided by the Floor Covering Institute and Affluent Insights, benefiting the Floor Covering Industry Foundation.

Why go? Sure everyone is worrying about business, but Surfaces gives us all the opportunity to network within our industry, look at new product introductions, bring yourselves up to speed on the trends, and talk with industry experts. Don’t forget to pick up tons of literature for your salespeople—there’s plenty of information to keep them on the cutting edge.

I know for myself, I also feel a sense of pride to belong to an industry that is so innovative and exciting.

Oh, and come join me for my two seminars!

Less Stress – More Success: Balancing Your Personal and Professional Life
Tuesday, Feb 3, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Working hard has gotten you where you are today, but without balance or boundaries you can cause irreparable damage to your health. Learn ten proven ways to manage and balance your priorities without getting burned out.

Cashing In On What Makes You Different
Wednesday, Feb 4, 8:00-9:30 a.m.
Being successful in business is no gamble. Instead it requires careful planning with a deliberate agenda to stay competitive in challenging times. Learn how to strategically build loyal customers that will buy from you—not your competitors. A must-attend seminar for any small business owner.

What will you take away from the seminars? Competitive strategies designed to get you and your business through these trying times. If you need more information on my seminars, shoot me an email or leave me a comment! They'll also be recorded so you can take them home with you. (See the Surfaces Education e-mailer here.)

Hope to see you there!

Click below to listen to my Surfaces 2009 introduction, highlighting what's in store.

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