Following the company’s Start of the Year event held in January at the Atlanta Market, Gourmet Catalog & Buying Group will host a member meeting and breakfast at the Chicago International Home + Housewares Show giving store members a forum for member-to-member education in a community atmosphere, the company said.
The meeting is set to be held Saturday, March 7 and will bring members together for an intimate learning experience. Independents from all experience levels will be in attendance to provide ideas, share their knowledge in problem solving and help create new success stories, the company said.
“The peer-networking opportunities offered by GC continue to be stellar,” said Larry Oates, owner of KitchenArt in West Lafayette, IN. “Even after 19 years in the industry, I took home a half dozen new ideas to generate traffic in my store.”
Co-sponsoring the breakfast will be Groupe SEB, with a special presentation for store members during the meeting. In addition to the Store Member Meeting, GC will host a Vendor Forum for vendor members on Friday, March 6, 2015. Janis Johnson, president and founder of Gourmet Catalog & Buying Group, will moderate the event and provide a state of the industry address. Other GC staff will speak about marketing opportunities.
“We look forward to seeing GC store and vendor members at the Chicago show and continuing the momentum built at the GC Start the Year event,” said Janis Johnson, president and founder of Gourmet Catalog & Buying Group.