Things are finally looking up for housing after the worst slump in decades, and the International Builders’ Show (IBS) will provide the tools, resources, and information that can help you make the best of what is likely to be a fitful recovery.
The show will be held in Las Vegas from Jan. 19–22, and the
NAHB is offering some sweet registration deals to make attending both affordable and convenient. They range from exhibits-only to full registration, which also provides access to more than 175 educational programs that have been carefully crafted to help members of the home building industry compete in today’s unsettled housing market.
You can find more details at www.BuildersShow.com, but remember the sooner you register, the better the price. And don’t forget that there are some great deals at Las Vegas hotels, making attending the show an especially practical business decision.
In addition to making attendance more cost-effective, we have done everything possible to tailor the educational programs and other events to the industry’s needs.
We are especially proud this year to be introducing a unique and exciting new feature, the Partnership Pavilion. We know that many members are having trouble finding debt and equity funding, so we have arranged to have representatives from Wall Street, banking interests, and private equity lenders on site to meet with builders and explore funding options for land development, residential construction, and light-commercial projects.
Prior to the show, NAHB members will have the opportunity to submit project information and specifications on their companies through a special portal on www.NAHB.org. At that time, several potential funding sources will review this information, and those who are interested in further exploring a given deal will be able to schedule a meeting at the Pavilion with the designated applicant. Keep an eye on www.nahb.org/partnership for further information.
Additionally, many educational programs focus on business strategies for coping and moving forward in a marketplace that is slowly recovering from the downturn. Grouped into about a dozen major categories, they cover such subjects as business management, sales and marketing, architecture and design, green building, multifamily, and remodeling.
A popular feature that we introduced at the 2008 IBS—daily keynote speakers—will continue at the upcoming IBS, and for the first time all keynote addresses will be open to all attendees, no matter what type of registration they have. The keynote speaker at our opening ceremonies on Tuesday, Jan. 19, will be humorist Dave Barry whose unique view of the world is sure to bring a smile to your face and get your IBS experience off to a great start.
On Wednesday, eco-business expert James Cantor will discuss the emerging trend of “green and clean,” and outline the course that every organization needs to follow in order to survive in the 21st century.
On Thursday, the focus will switch as a blue ribbon panel of experts addresses how to use non-traditional approaches to stay in business.
Friday’s keynote speaker, Dan Heath, will reveal a simple, three-part framework that will help you make changes in tough times, whether the change you seek is at work, at home, or in society.
Networking with other attendees is another huge benefit of the IBS. Whether it’s at a scheduled event, talking to a supplier on the exhibit floor, or meeting another builder on the shuttle bus to the convention center, the IBS is the place to make contacts and cement relationships that can help your business thrive and grow.
And, of course, there are the exhibits, the crown jewels of the IBS. Acres of displays showcase the innovative products and services that buyers will demand as the market builds up steam. If there’s something that you need to build a house and you can’t find it here, chances are that you won’t find it anywhere.
There’s a lot to see and do at the IBS, and to help ensure that you see everything that interests you, the NAHB has created an online show planner. You can access it at www.BuildersShow.com along with an interactive show floor plan and detailed information about registration, educational programs, events, and much more. I urge you to use it while planning your IBS experience so that you can be sure to see and do everything that is important to you.
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