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    • September 29, 2013 7:26 PM CDT
    • I am always interested in business, things to increase speed and effiency and longer seminars on handstripping!

    • September 28, 2013 10:44 PM CDT
    • What grooming, business, training, etc topics would you be interested in for a seminar?

       

      What types of things are you  not finding at the shows?

       

       

      Barb

    • January 12, 2013 2:46 PM CST
    • I am soo in there....Sealed

    • December 2, 2012 4:12 PM CST
    • My daughter and I were talking about attending APF in 2013 and that, I think, would be a packed house seminar.

    • October 30, 2012 11:49 AM CDT
    • I don't listen so much as watch during a demo.  We know what the hands are doing if we can see them!!  I think this type of class would go over HUGE!  Thanks for thinking of it Meg:)

    • October 29, 2012 8:54 PM CDT
    • I didn't go to compete. I went to shop. $20 to spend money with the vendors is a bit ridiculous. And "small" should translate out to way less to go in just to observe and shop.


      AND I'm pretty sure I picked up a bug while there. Since that's the only place I went with people this weekend, and now I feel sick. Glad you two liked it. Pretty sure I won't add to the crowd at one every again. Atlanta was WAY better, and way better set up.

    • October 29, 2012 8:42 PM CDT
    • I went also and had a blast, sure I had to wait in line to pay for some things, but I had some very interesting conversations with other groomers that I would have most likely never met.  The seminars I took were great, very wide range of subjects and I learned something from all of them.  It was crowded, but it is hard to gadge how may people are going to come to something like that when you can pay at the door and pre-registered.  I made some new friends, got some new toys to play with, and saw some very talented groomers in the ring. Looking forward to Atlanta too, that is a awsome show also.

    • October 29, 2012 8:33 PM CDT
    • Have you guys not been to a NDGAA show before? I have been to several and they are always pretty small scale. Certainly no APF, AA, or Hershey. But their draw is the price. Very economical. Last year I drove 8 hours to get to Fun in the Sun. I felt it was worth it. Cheap entry fees and cometition fees. At $35 to enter a competition I sort of HAVE to go! LOL! I didn't go this year though.  I am going to Tucson for my cousin's wedding on Thursday and I just couldn't make the time for it this year. I hope to go next year, though. . .

    • October 29, 2012 5:59 PM CDT
    • I went to the grooming pet pro classic...thing in Dallas i think everyone was at the fun in the sun deal! It was my first time to go, maybe like 8 vendors. Not a great deal of people there.

    • October 29, 2012 6:35 AM CDT
    • I checked to be sure, it's not a Barkleigh show. Todd was there with Barkleigh TV, it was so well liked that he began  broadcasting from all the shows.

       

      Barb

    • October 28, 2012 10:52 PM CDT
    • I apologize to them if that is true Barb. Then I will make sure I send a letter with my dues of my utter disappointment with their event.

    • October 28, 2012 8:02 PM CDT
    • rubymom said:

       Bad Form Barkleigh Productions, very bad form. I'll save my money and time for the Atlanta Pet Fair. 

       

      I don't think Barkleigh has anything to do with Fun in the Sun. I believe that's a NDGAA event.

       

      Barb

    • October 28, 2012 5:37 PM CDT
    • LOL Agreed! Hope your hip is better soon. Cry

    • October 28, 2012 4:42 PM CDT
    • Dang it! Forgot to add in, the one GIANT plus was getting to meet Rubymom! WHOOO!!! That was great! Next time we meet, let's do it at a quiet resturant somewhere!

    • October 28, 2012 4:41 PM CDT
    • I agree. Very disappointing.


      I drove 3 HOURS and got up at 6am on my day off. I was charged $20 to be subjected to a "trade show" held in a conferance room the size of a small Walgreens, with about 4 times as many people crammed in there as should fit! Most larger venders(3 tables +) seem to have a single person to take money, sometimes I couldn't even find one person. The selection was poor, unless you wanted a specialty shampoo. Some lady sprayed stuff in my face saying it would "fix" a small spot of acne... saying it would kill itching(it didn't itch BEFORE the spray) and that it was "safe for eyes, it's got the stuff they put in babies eyes in the hospital!"(my eyes burned for the next 2 hours and STILL itch!). When I find her info, I'll be sending a message to her.


      The smaller venders were nice and helpful, when you could get their attention. The ladies at "Show Season" were SUPERB and I felt like they waited on me hand and foot, despite them taking care of multiple people at once. I got about enough items to fill a small plastic grocery bag, and that was it. People blocked the aisles EVEN when there was space to move aside. Also, I was unaware that the polite way to shop at a grooming expo was to shout over whoever was trying to find out the price/pay for items.


      The grooming competition looked like the competitors were enjoying themselves and there was a large cheering section(a large section of the available room was the competition and crowd and camera/media section) Every announcement got a nice cheer from everyone, which was great!


      The hotel is a MAZE. Even walking down a "hallway" involves twists and turns. The traffic in the Kissimmee area is always horrendous, and I only went into that section of the state to attend this expo, but it was just bad. I doubt I will ever bother to attend another one. With $40 worth of gas, $20 to get in, no good deals, no space to breathe, no good selection of products... it's not only not worth it, it's a bum deal all around.


      Then the 3 hour drive home, I went through gorgeous rural areas. I enjoyed that. My truck radio popped and died about 10 minutes into the morning drive so it was a QUIET drive indeed. I even stopped and ate at "Pittmasters BBQ" which was awesome and stopped to take a picture of a fern farm... and promptly fell off the top of my truck. So while I nurse my newly bruised hip, I'll look at my goods I bought at the show and try to pretend it was worth it.


      Oh and I got the Dawn colors FINALLY. $12 per jar... hopefully it will be great like everyone says and I'll be enjoying colors!

    • October 28, 2012 4:12 PM CDT
    • I got to meet Wolfie today! It was great to meet someone from the GroomersBBS for the first time! I hope we get to do it again sometime where it isn't so uncomfortable we get claustrophobia and just want OUT!

       

      I have to say the NDGAA Fun In The Sun was more than disappointing. The Grooming Competition in Poodles was interesting and those Groomers are very very talented! That was the highlight.

       

      We were charged $20 to be able to go into an average size conference room, (we were there when it opened at 9 am) The competition was at the front and the Vendors were along the other 3 walls with two isles in the middle back to back. The aisles were so narrow that people could be standing at Vendors on either side and you couldn't move through. If 2 people stopped to chitty chat; you were screwed! What a nightmare. 

       

      I have saved for this for 6 months. I had a list! The selection of Vendors was mostly shampoo. If I had wanted a Millers Forge Brush I can get one at Pet Smart, oh....and for a CHEAPER price! No deals to be had by any of them save Groomer's choice, buy 4 get one free. I'd have rathered they had some of their brush selection there then all of the shampoo they carry. I don't know if all the Vendor's had a hangover or what but the lines to checkout or actually FINDING someone to check you out were ridculous. Then once you got to that point, it took FOREVER for them to look it up in their catalog, get the SKU, and put it in the computer, ring you up.....OMG. Is this your first Rodeo? Did you imagine perhaps to have all the things you were taking to sell to already HAVE an SKU or identifier on it? No new Inovations or products. After getting stepped on for the 20th time, I couldn't take it anymore and we decided to leave. We spent 2 hours there.

       

      This was my Grooming partner's first visit to a Grooming Competition and Trade Show. She was so let down she's vowed to not attend another one. Bad Form Barkleigh Productions, very bad form. I'll save my money and time for the Atlanta Pet Fair. 

    • October 22, 2012 2:16 PM CDT
    • Cool! Let's do that then.

    • October 22, 2012 10:47 AM CDT
    • I intend to go on sunday too, same reason. I think the boss will be attending on Sunday as well, as will our new groomer. We must meet up at some point. I want a pic together. It'll be the first groomer that I think I'll have ever met from the forums(not counting people I knew already then found on the forums).

    • October 22, 2012 8:01 AM CDT
    • Is anyone planning on attending the Fun in the Sun in Orlando this weekend? Myself and my fellow groomer will be going on Sunday to look around. I wanted to be able to attend the Seminar on Friday but I just can't take the day off from Grooming. Frown

    • October 26, 2012 11:48 AM CDT
    • Im going to Pet Pro Classic today until Monday. Has anyone on here been or going this weekend? Im wondering what to expect...

    • September 16, 2012 8:53 AM CDT
    • The chalk was put on a dry coat.

       

       

      Barb

    • September 15, 2012 9:17 PM CDT
    • I took mostly internet and business type classes, no "grooming" classes. Picked up a few tips and tricks and websites to look into. Some interesting marketing ideas, some of which I already knew but the refresher always helps. Even though my business isn't failing (businesses are dying left and right here but I am hanging on, better than most, just not thriving) our economy is horrific here so I took Turning Around the Titianic and one other similar class. It was interesting to hear not just what they did right but also what their mistakes were!

       

      Coolest product I saw (but don't have a use for but would purchase it in a heartbeat if I did): solar energy panels for mobile vans! You can attach solar energy panels to the top of your van and run everything off solar. On cloudy days, you would then use your normal energy source. That would work perfectly here as we don't get a whole lotta rain. You can get them for RV's, too. Very cool.

       

      I love going to Hershey. Wasn't going to go because the bucks are tight but wound up being able to. I always learn something. I always enjoy myself and look forward to it every year.

       

      Now if I can just afford Atlanta again someday.....

    • September 15, 2012 3:52 PM CDT
    • Sounds like you had a great time! 

      Dawn Omboy,s new pet chalk was it put on when the dogs coat was wet?

    • September 15, 2012 2:54 PM CDT
    • I went to Amie Haslar's cat grooming class. I am not a cat groomer. I only groom at all at the clinic. That is because there is the option for sedation there.  This is the second time I've seen her class and I've pulled something from it each time. I am more comfortable grooming the few cats I do that are awake.  I don't think I can pinpoint exactly what it is I learned, but more just observing how SHE handles a cat helps me to handle them better.

       

      Dawn Omboy has a new pet chalk. It comes in a container that reminds me of eye shadow.  I have not had a chance to try what I bought, but I watched her use it to color in leopard spots.  It was super fast, the colors were bright, and looked very easy to apply. She just dabbed her fingers in it and rubbed it in the spot area. 

       

      Hershey is always a great time. I went to the opening Prom themed party that Friday night. It was SO fun. I don't usually go to it because it starts so late - 10 pm.  I don't get too many chances to dress up so I couldn't pass it up. Todd had a stage set up for 'prom' pictures.  You could do it as often and with whoever you wanted and they were printing the pictures up right there. I loved that!

       

      The Barkleigh Awards dinner was fabulous.  Again, I don't often get a chance to dress up, so a fancy schmancy dinner can't be missed.

       

      Barb

    • September 15, 2012 9:08 AM CDT
    •  

      Those that attended the the recent Groomer Expo

      What new grooming tips did you learn?

      What classes did you attend?