I am a big believer in professional conferences for business. I come back full of ideas with my batteries recharged. I have tried to attend at least one framing conference every year since I opened my shop and I have even been to SEMA an automotive related trade show. Last year when Country Chic Paint announced they were having a conference in Victoria Canada I was interested but reserved a bit.
Did I really need to go to a paint conference even if it seemed to be in a beautiful place that I had never been or even considered going? How big a part of my business was paint and did I really want to grow that side of my business. I did consider those things, it was not inexpensive to go but……then I saw a You Tube video on Victoria! Well that was it I wanted a vacation and I signed up!
WOW! What a good move that was! Not only did Victoria live up to being a beautiful city that I would tell anyone to visit, not only did I see cherry trees in full glorious bloom but I also walked on a beach and fed a seal! The conference was hands down the best money I have ever spent on a conference and I had a short vacation in a beautiful city full of friendly people….and seals!
The demos were fun and new, with new product and techniques and the business speakers were inspiring. I found out behind the scenes internet stuff I needed to improve. I met new great like minded paint crazy friends.
Why do I tell you this instead of just implementing what I learned form the Country Chic team and their line up of top notch speakers? Why don’t I just show you the new product when it comes in?
Because what I came away with first and foremost is what I have always said about the people of Country Chic Paint….they take good care of me as a retailer and they are constantly asking me what they can do to help me with my business.
So I have many ideas on ways to make workshops more fun, how to promote my paint better and how to share new paint techniques but what matters most is I know that taking care of you all, my friends and customers, is what I need to keep doing!
So tell me what you are interested in, let me know what I can do to help you be it painting or framing related. You can reach me all of the regular ways and I would love to hear your thoughts.
I hope you will stop in and see all the great new things and my display of photos and paint technique samples from the conference. And you know that you are always invited to stop in for a chat and pet the shop cat, Dude. We are here to take good care of you because you are our business!
Thanks Mikki and Dude