Winston-Salem, N.C. - Registration for the Nationwide Marketing Group's (NMG) PrimeTime! meeting and buy fair is up 50 percent from a year ago at this time, the buying organization reported.
More than 1,000 independent dealers, exhibitors and other attendees have already registered for the show, which will be held Feb. 28 through March 3 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and another 2,000 are expected to register by the end of February, the group said.
"At this present pace," said executive VP Robert Weisner, "we anticipate [we'll] beat our attendance record from the last show in Vegas," which was held in August 2008.
Despite the declining economy, that event brought in more than 3,300 dealers and vendor representatives from across the country.
"The recent challenges have only strengthened our commitment to independent dealers," Weisner noted. "This PrimeTime! we will continue to educate and equip them with new ways to succeed in these new days."
The agenda includes two days of free business courses specifically tailored to the independent dealer, including a series on Web site development, management skills and marketing techniques.
Other highlights of PrimeTime! include a vendor exhibition showcasing popular brands, new product launches and member service demonstrations, along with group meetings, industry presentations, training sessions and power networking events.
"Now more than ever, PrimeTime! is seen as a valuable resource in our industry for independent dealers to effectively compete," Weisner continued. "PrimeTime!'s solid attendance record shows that we are the leader in providing the best programs and services for our members."
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