Quilt Market Portland Seminar Presenters

PEPPER CORY

Pepper is a longtime quiltmaker, author, fabric designer, and general philosopher on the quilt/sewing industry. As a former substance abuse therapist and shop owner (not at the same time, but the subjects are related) she is presently trying to figure out what to do with the next 50 years of her life. She has come to one conclusion: if it's not fun, don't do it

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Deep work—How Emails, Phone Calls, Twitter, and Facebook Fragment Our Focus
and What to Do About It

Friday, May 18, 8-9 a.m.

Feeling frazzled/fuzzy/always exhausted? Welcome to modern quilt retail! Learn to focus and take back time to regrow your personal creativity.

JILL FINLEY

Jill is the owner/designer of Jillily Studio, which produces the popular notions Appli-Glue, Poke-A-Dots, and Perfect Pieces Templates. She also designs fabric for Penny Rose Fabrics and creates quilt patterns and books. Jill is a Master Designer for Aurifil Threads and a BERNINA Ambassador. Teaching and lecturing about her quilt designs and appliqué methods keeps her busy traveling all over the country and hosting retreats. She brings over 20 years of experience to the quilt industry—and loves every minute!

 

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Catching Their Eye—Displays That Sell

Saturday, May 19, 6-7 p.m.

Learn how to arrange beautiful, eye-catching displays that will promote sales, and about the impact of visual themes for your store from a Best Booth winner.

The Power of the Demo

Sunday, May 20, 8-9 a.m.

Learn why demos work, what results you can expect, and how to plan, prepare, advertise, and execute your demos to increase sales.

EBONY LOVE

Ebony, of LoveBug Studios, is an award-winning author, quilter, and expert
in fabric die-cutting techniques. She has published more than eight books independently, and uses social media and content platforms to build an
engaged community of quilters who are eager to participate in her online
and offline events.

 

 

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Blog Revival—How to Get Your Blog Off Life Support

Friday, May 18, 6-7 p.m.

You started a blog because someone told you it was a good idea, and your last post was sometime in
2012. You haven’t run out of ideas; you just need a plan. Get seven strategies to refocus and relaunch
your blog now.

Pricing for Profitability  When Everything is On Sale

Saturday, May 19, 7-8 p.m.

Unearth the factors that impact your product pricing, and create a winning formula that enables you to make money without sacrificing your cash to the deal-hunting customer.

BILLY LOWE

 

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Don’t Quit—Quilt!

Friday, May 18, 6-7 p.m.

It’s true the “deal of the day” websites and apps have completely remapped how and where people spend money. The in-person experience seems a thing of the past. If you’re curious about tomorrow’s retail market, how to survive as a brick-and-mortar, and how to engage new and existing clients to return time and time again, spend some time learning tips and tools to keep your quilting business (and passion) alive. Remember that your business is still your business and your passion is still alive!

KAREN Montgomery

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What Every Shop Owner Should Know

Thursday, May 17, 6-8 p.m.

Learn the answers that will make your stores a consumer favorite by training your staff to provide
top-notch education.

TRACY MOONEY

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Kids Really Are Sewing—Get Them In Your Store!

Saturday, May 19, 8-10 a.m.

Are you wondering how to get the next generation in your door? Tracy will share tips for implementing a kid’s club and tricks for keeping the kids coming back for more, and will offer curriculum ideas and tips.

BOB NEGEN

 

 

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Boot Camp—The Five Pillars of Retail Success!

Wednesday, May 16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Through this fun, lively, and interactive program, learn proven, practical techniques for creating a profitable store that runs like a dream. You already know about quilting; now learn how to make each of the Five Pillars—Marketing, Leadership and Employee Management, Inventory Management, Creating an Amazing Customer Experience, and Personal Business Skills—work together to increase your sales and free you up to have more fun—a lot more fun!

 

The Productive Quilt Shop Owner

Thursday, May 17, 8-10 .m.

Manage your time, energy, and focus so you can get a lot done and have lots more fun!

KIM NIEDZWIECKI

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How to Build Your Shop Social Media on a Shoestring Budget

Saturday, May 19, 9-10 a.m.

Learn creative ways to create the look your shop needs for social media platforms without expensive equipment or software!

CHERYL SLEBODA

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Fast Strategies for Your Social Media

Thursday, May 17, 6-7 p.m.

Get results without overextending yourself! Explore proven, time-saving methods in this easy-to-follow plan. Perfect for retailers, teachers, and artists.

 

Crush Your Challengers—Strategies for Brick and Mortar in an Online World

Sunday, May 20, 9-10 a.m.

In this market, you must know your competition. Understand who they really are and develop a plan
to get ahead.

CATHY DONOVAN WAGNER

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Top 10 Tactics to Increase Your Cash Flow

Thursday, May 17, 9-10 a.m.

Learn tried and true tactics from a retail expert with over 30 years of experience about how to keep your finances and cash operations flowing smoothly.

 

The Sale That Really Works

Friday, May 18, 9-10 a.m.

Learn exactly how to have the best sale ever—how to move the most product out and put the most cash in your pocket at your next sale.