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Garden of Quilts - Shop Owner Track

Garden of Quilts 2024 Shop Owner Track

Are you a passionate quilt shop owner or online retailer looking to improve your efficiency, increase your revenue, or build your social channels? Look no further! Join us for an exclusive Shop Owner Education Track during the 2024 Garden of Quilts event, specially designed to empower you! This track is also appropriate to those with a dream of turning your love for quilting into a successful business venture.

What’s included:

  • Three shop owner focused compelling classes from experienced presenters PLUS lunches on class days
  • Room at a partner hotel for three nights (Not included for Local Shop Owner Track)
  • VIP seating at the Fireside Chat with Melissa Gilbert
  • A ticket to the crowd-favorite Meet the Maker BBQ event
  • A Saturday admission ticket to the 2024 Garden of Quilts

Shop Owner Track: $650 per person
Shop Owner Track Local: $400 per person


Full Shop Owner Track Schedule:

Wednesday, September 11, 2024

  • Hotel check-in (Not included for Local Shop Owner Track)
  • Option to register for classes outside the shop owner track (additional cost)
  • Fireside Chat with Melissa Gilbert evening event with VIP seating

Thursday, September 12, 2024

  • 9 am – First Shop Owner Track class  – presented by Heidi Kaisand of  Creative Retailer –  “Strategic Clarity: Positioning Your Business for Long-Term Success”
  • 12:30 pm – Lunch served in class
  • 1 pm – Designer Talks – Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet, Beverly McCullough of Flamingo Toes, Minki Kim of Zeriano, and Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter
  • 2 pm – Social Media Bootcamp – Maddie Butler, Owner of Madeline Rae Collective and social media/blog manager for RBD
  • 2:30 pm – On-Line Sales Success from a former Top Shop Owner – Jessica Taylor, RBD Regional Account Executive
  • 3 pm – Notions We Love and Your Customers Want to Purchase – Cindy Cloward, Owner and Creative Director for Riley Blake Designs
  • 3:30 pm – Fun With Machine Embroidery – Jennifer Long of Sew a Story
  • Option to register for the Let’s Make a Quilt event (additional cost)

Friday, September 13, 2024

  • 9:30 am – Meet & Greet with Melissa Gilbert of Modern Prairie
  • 10 am – Creating Batiks and How to Impact Your Bottom Line with Batiks – Karen Gibbs, Director of Batik Design at RBD
  • 11 am – Who’s Paying Your Rent? – Holly Draney, Director of Design at RBD
  • 11:30 am – Running a Successful BOM – Teresa Porter, RBD Regional Account Executive
  • 12 pm – Lunch served in class
  • 12:30 pm – Designer Talks – Jill Finley of Jillily Studio, Fran Gulick of Cotton & Joy, and Amanda Niederhauser of Jedi Craft Girl
  • 2 pm – Q&A and opportunity to purchase items at a show special discount
  • 5 pm – Meet the Maker BBQ
  • Shop the Vendor Marketplace

Saturday, September 14, 2024

  • Roam the Garden of Quilts exhibition at the Ashton Gardens between 9 am-6 pm
  • Shop the Vendor Marketplace
  • Option to register for classes outside the shop owner track (additional cost)
  • Hotel check-out (Not included for Local Shop Owner Track)

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