Market is also a great place to reconnect with colleagues and friends you rarely get to see. Plus, you never know when a chance encounter will introduce you to someone who shares your enthusiasm for your type of design, has a business like yours, or can connect you to other people and resources that can help you build your business. Over the years I’ve made a number of valuable and lasting business relationships and friendships with people I probably never would have met if we hadn’t happened to be at Market at the same time.
When you are looking at products, you get the advantage of being able to talk with the people who make them, the company decision makers, and the reps who cover your home turf. And since these folks also talk with a lot of other designers and contractors, they have information and insights to share that you just won’t come across anywhere else.