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Universal Furniture International, Inc.

101 S. Hamilton St.

Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

Universal Furniture creates quality furnishings for the whole home with a focus on function and lifestyle. The company’s casegood, upholstery, accent and accessory designs are developed under the brand names Universal Furniture (Lifestyle Collections), To The Trade (Interior Design) and Smartstuff™ (Baby and Child), and sold through retailers and interior designers throughout North America and around the world. Universal Furniture is a brand of Samson Holdings, one of the world’s largest furniture manufacturers. For more information, please visit www.universalfurniture.com, or find us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter @UniversalFurn.

1pm - 2pm, October 18

Maximize Your Visibility to Grow Your Influence

Educational

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

Franziska Neumann (FZK Franziska) and Jana Platina Phipps (The Trimqueen) will walk you through their step-by-step systems outlining how to use simple tools to gain maximum exposure and boost your business growth. 


Speakers: Franziska Neuman, Jana Platina Phipps

RSVP Required

3pm - 4pm, October 18

Time Mastery for Interior Designers: Earn More in Less Time with Melissa Galt

Educational

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

There are a lot of moving parts and people required for every successful project and you’re the conductor who brings that sweet symphony of talent together. Learn the super simple secrets to get more done in less time with ease so you eliminate the stress in favor of success; understand how to incorporate knock out client service that’ll have them singing your praises. How to Get More Done in Less Time and Turn Productive into Profitable 3 Components of Project Management that Will Make You a Master of Time How to Include Client Celebrations in Each Project for First Class Service The No Brainer, Almost Free Tool that Turns You into a Scheduling Ninja How to Eliminate Management by Crisis, Client Frustration, and Digital Distractions


Speakers: Melissa Galt

9am - 10:30am, October 19

How To Achieve Great Financial Results & Keep Your Sanity with Gail Doby

Educational

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

How is it possible to attract better clients who value you and pay you what you’re worth? What’s the secret to setting profitable fees that don’t scare you or your clients? How do you build team accountability to ensure more revenue and more profit? Interior design business transformation coach, Gail Doby, gives you the straightforward answers you need to build your business, grow your bottom line, and maintain (or regain) your sanity. You can implement the strategies immediately and see results quickly.


Speakers: Gail Doby

2pm - 3pm, October 19

Designing Spaces for Hosting with Air BnB and Crypton

Educational

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

Join Air Bnb and Crypton as they discuss how to create great environments for hospitality. Stay after the session to engage in an Air BnB experience.


Speakers: Air BnB

RSVP Required

10am - 11am, October 20

Getting in Print

Educational

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

You’re a top-notch designer who produces magazine-worthy interiors and invests in professional photography. But how do you parlay that into a magazine feature? What’s the secret to getting an editor’s attention? Join Nick May and guests as they divulge the path from design project to print story.


Speakers: Nick May, Bria Hammel, Courtney Pisarik, Corey Damon Jenkins

RSVP Required

4pm - 5pm, October 20

The Secret to Scaling

Educational

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

Three leading ladies in interior design with uniquely scaled businesses will discuss their methods, suggestions and why each of their businesses are designed to succeed. Hear the insights of Sandra Funk, House of Funk; Nicole Heymer, Curio Electro; and Kate O'Hara, Martha O'Hara Interiors.


Speakers: Sandra Funk, Kate O’Hara, Nicole Heymer

RSVP Required

11:30am - 12:30pm, October 21

One Stop Design Shop: The Hybrid Interior Design/Retail Business Model

Educational

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

As an interior designer, you might consider a brick and mortar location to showcase your design style. As a home furnishings retailer, you may find your trusted design advice to customers turning into full-on design projects. More and more, designers and retailers are bridging the retail-design gap to offer a one-stop experience that accomplishes both. So how does it work and what are the benefits and challenges? Join Furniture, Lighting & Decor Editor-in-Chief Diane Falvey as she talks in-depth with hybrid designers/retailers to find out the pros and cons of juggling both sides of the business, with tips for how to get started, too. With Teddie & Courtney Garrigan, Coco & Dash; Joni Vanderslice, J.Banks; Nancy Price, Nancy Price Interiors.


Speakers: Diane Falvey, Teddie Garrigan, Courtney Garrigan, Joni Vanderslice, Nancy Price

2pm - 3pm, October 21

Don't Sleep on Pinterest!

Educational

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

Join Adam Japko of Esteem Media and Kyla Herbes from House of Hipsters as they discuss the Pinterest comeback.


Speakers: Adam Japko, Kyla Herbes

RSVP Required
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Postscript: A collaboration of Universal Furniture and Alexander Julian

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