Hitting the Las Vegas Market next month? It's the premier event for the home furnishings industry. The show, held at the World Market Center January 28 - February 1, is a great opportunity to see the latest in home furnishings, gifts and accessories, and meet others in the business.
For entrepreneurs and business owners, visibility and networking are key, but these are just a couple of the many reasons it's a good idea to join industry associations. Local, regional and national industry associations offer a wide range of opportunities that can lead to enhanced business relationships and, ultimately, greater success.
DIY home improvement projects pay big dividends for homeowners, but procuring the necessary materials can be costly and cumbersome. Home improvement retailers and building supply centers can boost sales by offering a wide range of payment options, including flexible check services. As a retailer, this creates a win-win situation for you and for the people who shop in your store. Here is a breakdown of the DIY home improvement projects most often recommended by real estate professionals for their potential to increase the value of a home:
Small Business Saturday is an initiative created by the United States Senate in 2011 to increase consumer awareness of the impact their shopping choices can make in their local communities. Held the day after Black Friday, in which big-box and nationwide-chain retailers hold huge sales to kick off the Christmas shopping season -- often at the expense of local small businesses -- this year's Small Business Saturday falls on November 24, 2012.
I don’t really consider myself a salesperson. When I’m out on the road I get approached by people who ask me what exactly it is that I do. Despite some extra midsection pounds, some people think I’m either a former or current athlete. Some think I’m an actor. Others think I’m in radio. Whenever this question is posed I simply respond by saying my job is to speak with people and solve their payment processing-related problems.
You may think I sell check guarantee services or remote deposit capture processing, but what I really do is provide solutions to help retailers increase business, simplify their back-office accounting, improve cash flow and, in turn, provide solutions to their customers.
Don't have a bad check problem? Good! Want more sales? Of course you do. If you've read any of my previous blog posts, you know that one of the main reasons I look forward to Market each year is the opportunity to interact with current and future clients. (Free waffles don't hurt, either!)
Now that the 2012 HFIC has come to a close, and I’ve had some time to reflect on the past six days, I have to consider myself and my company very fortunate to be partners with the NHFA and WHFA. As I stated in my previous blog post this was the first time CrossCheck attended this conference. Prior to the conference, Jason Lindell and I had no idea what to expect. What we experienced was better than we had ever imagined! Compared to the Las Vegas Market and High Point, there was substantially less traffic, but a much more intimate setting. This afforded us some valuable face time with association members, current clients, fellow vendors and the staff at the NHFA and WHFA.
The 2012 Home Furnishings Industry Conference is officially under way! This year's event is being held at the beautiful Westin Mission Hills Resort in Palm Springs, California. As expected it’s a beautiful day here; hot, but still beautiful.
The conference began early yesterday morning with the Industry Golf Tournament followed by the Opening General Session. The night concluded with the Welcome Reception & Dinner, capped off with an after party for members, vendors and attendees.
NADA 2012 was a huge win for CrossCheck.
Our booth was located in a medium to high traffic area which allowed us consistent interaction with the dealers.
My team of Alan Levine, Eric Stegner and Jason Lindell were very engaging. They pitched the C.A.R.S. program to everyone that stopped by and gave demonstrations of how the product works. We also held a drawing for a $100 gift certificate to Ruth's Chris Steak House. Our winner was Jerry Dillard, President of Fitzgerald Auto Malls. Enjoy your steak, Jerry!
I love working with the automotive industry. The dealership clients my company serves are a very diverse and dynamic group of people.