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Alden Parkes To Host Five CEU-Accredited Seminars at HP Market

High-end furniture manufacturer Alden Parkes will present five CEU-accredited workshops co-sponsored by International Market Centers (IMC) at the upcoming High Point Market, Oct. 14-17.

The seminars will cover everything from future trends to profitable business practices and will take place in the seminar room and designers’ lounge at the Alden Parkes Showroom in the South Court of 200 Hamilton.

Seminars will include:

·Saturday, Oct. 14, at 10 a.m. - Get Published: Insights from a Home & Design Editor.  Getting your new interior design project published is easier than you think.  Patricia Sheridan, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's home & design editor, shares insider secrets on how to get your design projects in the pages of newspapers, magazines and syndicated nationwide. She will explain how editors choose projects, what imagery catches their eye, and how to pitch and follow up with an editor, leaving you with the tools you need to pitch your next project to an editor in your area. A question and answer segment with follow.  0.1 CEU

·Saturday, Oct. 14, at 1 p.m. - The Best Decorating Trend Is Profitability. The interior design business is full of color, pattern, and beauty but too many designers aren’t paying attention to the most important part of their business: profitability.  In this information-packed and lively talk, designer Billy Ceglia talks about how he turned things around by focusing on return on investment and profit margins as much as on fabrics and furnishings.  Billy provides easy-to-follow tips for how designers can refocus their businesses for success. A question and answer segment will follow.  Co-sponsored with IMC.  0.1 CEU

·Sunday, Oct. 15, 10-11 a.m. - Trends to Bank on for 2019.  Michelle Lamb, editorial director for The Trend Curve, reveals the color and design trends that will mean business for the next two years. Michelle will take you on an amazing journey with hundreds of images from her travels around the globe to show you the clues that inspired each of her style forecasts. Become a trend spotter before a trend goes mainstream and stay on the forefront of What’s Next for Trend. Bring your trend questions! Michelle will answer them all.  Co-sponsored with IMC. 0.1 CEU

·Monday, Oct. 16, 10-11 a.m. - Destination Design - A Perfect Paradise? Navigating the Waters of Designing Offshore   Working on a design project in the Bahamas sounded like a dream come true for residential interior designer and confirmed beach addict Cynthia Ferguson.  What could be better than working on a beach on the beautiful island of Eleuthera? Accepting a job outside of your city can be unbelievably exciting - the mix of travel, the chance to use a different color palette, the opportunity to do work outside of the box, and the chance to start sentences with, "I'm off to my job in the Bahamas!" What could go wrong? Join Cynthia and learn about the factors to consider when pitching jobs outside of your market, and trials and tribulations of tackling a job offshore without your support network and in a country that operates very differently than what you are used to.  A question and answer segment will follow.  Co-sponsored with IMC.  0.1 CEU.

·Tuesday, Oct. 17, 1 p.m.  - 34 Years of Family, Friends and Creative Evolution - Tips from Vietri's Founder Join Susan Gravely, the founder of Vietri, for an informative and interactive seminar about the beginning of Vietri, the years of economic changes and how the company stayed on trend and maintained a solid and faithful customer base as it changed with new generations – always with friends and fun. A question and answer segment will follow.  Co-sponsored with IMC.  0.1 CEU

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