The field of auto upholstery is ever changing – with new innovations, products and business opportunities presented every day. To effectively compete (and hopefully thrive), we need to keep our knowledge and skills up to date. The best way to do so is to attend industry seminars and trade shows – two of which are coming up next month. Even if you believe that your skills are up to par, consider attending for the exhibits, vehicle showcases and networking opportunities.
Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show
When: March 17 – 19, 2011
Where: Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis
Details: While the Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show isn’t exclusively about auto upholstery, a decent portion of the event’s schedule is dedicated to vehicle interiors. Among them, an “Interior Fabrication Workshop” – where attendees will learn how to seam different materials together, add a custom acrylic logo to any trim panel and laminate custom prints to Plexiglas. There will also be seminars on “The Art of Selling” and “Internet Marketing on a Budget” that are sure to be of value to small business owners. For more information, check out www.hotrodshow.com.
SEMA Technical Skills & Training Conference
When: March 28, 2011
Where: WyoTech Blairsville, Blairsville, Pennsylvania
Details: Geared specifically toward restyling, auto trim and accessory businesses, the SEMA Technical Skills & Training Conference provides hands-on training, new product knowledge, sales training and the opportunity to mingle with suppliers, industry leaders and other pros in the field. Those serious about learning how to expand their businesses should stick around for the PRO Long-Range Planning Meeting held the next day. For more information, checkout www.sema.org.
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