Owning your own business requires a lot of attention and dedication. If you feel as if you are getting worn out, a convention is a great way to re-inspire your drive and motivation. Many of these shows occur once or twice per year so there is no excuse for missing out.
Here are just a few of the conventions coming this year that could revamp your outlook on your business and give you the tools you need to succeed.
Electronic Retailing Association (ERA) Convention
“The Electronic Retailing Association (ERA) serves as the exclusive trade association representing the global $350-billion direct-to-consumer marketplace. Our membership is comprised of companies that use the power of direct response marketing to sell goods and services on television, online and on radio. Our members practice a sophisticated and accountable marketing methodology, leveraging video and audio to compel a direct and measurable response.”
- Nearly 3,500 attendees.
- Marketers looking for new products or services.
- Decision makers involved in direct response marketing purchases.
- Agencies providing creative and production services.
- Media Buyers who purchase TV and radio time.
- Suppliers who fulfill orders.
- eCommerce suppliers looking to expand into a multi-billion dollar industry.
- When: September
- Where: Wynn Hotel – Las Vegas, NV
- Website: retailing.org
- When: November
- Where: New York, NY
- Website: retailing.org
ASD Market Week Trade Show
ASD Market Week is the most comprehensive B2B trade show that brings the world’s widest variety of retail merchandise together in one efficient shopping experience. The ASD Market Week show floor is filled with quality choices at every wholesale price point buyers could want to find. ASD Market Week is held twice per year in Las Vegas and is truly the wholesale buying event that can’t be missed for any small to large sized retail, distribution, or importing business.
- When: July/August
- Where: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
- Website: Asdonline.com
Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition (IRCE)
Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition (IRCE) provides you with a conference full of industry experts and unrivaled agenda content, an exhibit hall filled with the latest and greatest solution providers, and a community made for networking with thousands of like-minded industry peers.
- When: June
- Where: Chicago at the McCormick Place West
- Website: IRCE.com
National Retail Federation Show
As Retail’s BIG Show grows bigger and bigger, we want to grow smaller too. What does “grow smaller” mean? It means that we are looking at key audiences and crafting programs to fit their needs. And, one very important BIG Show audience is small business retailers.
- When: January
- Where: TBD/Varies
- Website: nrf.com
eCommerceFuel Live Conference
eCommerceFuel Live is made up of an exclusive group of six-and-seven-figure independent store owners. This year’s keynote speakers include Miracle Wanzo, Paul Lepa and David Heacock. The event will be held at The Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tenn., and will feature world-class musical entertainment.
Where: The Gaylord Opryland @ Nashville, Tennessee
Local eBay Events and Meetups
If you can’t make it to one of these large events, you can always throw your own small event on meetup.com or ingo.me or go to someone else’s local event. I’ve been to several eBay Meetups and the people have always been very wonderful and enthusiastic about selling on eBay. However, if you are an online retailer selling over six figures, you should look into forming a mastermind group with other top sellers so you can share stories, tip, and advice with each other. Good luck!
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