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Las Vegas Market Partners with 50+ Industry Associations, Buying Groups

International Market Centers (IMC) has announced that two new member-based organizations – Oriental Rug Importers Association (ORIA) and National Alliance of Floral Associations (NAFA) – will be among more than 50 industry partnerships for Winter 2020 Las Vegas Market, running Jan. 26 – Jan. 30, 2020.

“Las Vegas Market welcomes the industry’s top trade and retail organizations to Market,” said Dorothy Belshaw, IMC chief marketing and digital officer. “As the leading home furnishings and gift market in the western U.S., Las Vegas Market is an ideal platform to connect these professionals with the suppliers, products and resources they need to be successful now and in the future.”

The Oriental Rug Importers Association is a national trade association formed in 1958 to develop ethical business practices and promote the best interests of the Oriental Rug Trade in the U.S. and in countries that produce oriental rugs. ORIA membership includes more than 65 leading U.S.-based importers, wholesalers and manufacturers of area rugs and oriental carpets whose products sell at retail in all of the 50 states. During Market, ORIA will hold its annual breakfast meeting.

The National Alliance of Floral Associations brings together leaders of the American botanical industry to learn, network, and better service their florist members through programs, training and benefits. This winter, NAFA will hold its board meeting at Las Vegas Market.

“Las Vegas Market will be a great benefit for those attending the meeting,” said Adam Havrilla, president of NAFA. “Not only will the individuals be able to take advantage of being at Las Vegas Market, they will be able to go back to their states and share the benefits of the Market with their membership. The Market provides wonderful shopping opportunities to sustain businesses.”

In addition to partnership with new associations, Las Vegas Market will introduce a first-time cooperation with Giftbeat magazine to host an at-Market networking reception for its reporting stores. In addition to this members-only event, publisher Erica Kirkland will present Turning 2020 Trends into Year-Round Profits with veteran retailers Christie Manry of Elam’s Hallmark (San Diego, Calif.) and Deborah Breither of Elly’s Gifts (Emerald Isle, N.C.) from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28. 

For the first time at Winter Market, Business of Design is holding its Business of Design Conference | Jan 2020, a two-day conference providing interior designers, decorators, stagers, architects and stylists with a blueprint for a successful design practice. The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, and Sunday, Jan. 26. Information and registration is available at

Las Vegas Market again will host its Non-Profit Retail Symposium “Lunch & Learn” Panel Discussion in collaboration with three major non-profit industry associations - Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals (AHVRP), Museum Store Association (MSA) and Zoo, Aquarium and Garden Buyers Group (ZAG) - from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26. Existing and prospective association members and vendors are welcome to network with non-profit retail experts from across the country. Those interested can RSVP at

Additional returning associations and their events include: Rise and Shine Breakfast with Purchasing Power Plus; and Museum Store Association’s Pacific Northwest Chapter meeting and its national board meeting.

Gail Doby Coaching and Consulting will be presenting How to Achieve Great Financial Results & Keep Your Sanity from 4 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26. In the seminar, Doby provides the answers on how to build your business, grow your bottom line and maintain your sanity.

Additionally, Kevin Htain, member of the International Association of Home Staging Professionals (IAHSP) board of directors and IDENTITY HOME staging+design, will present How Home Staging and Interior Design Businesses can be Blended from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28. During the session, Htain will discuss the similarities and differences between home staging services and interior design, how the goals and business operations differ, and how to receive more information to establish a successful staging business.

Other related association events include the 30th annual FMG Symposium and TRIB Group’s sixth annual Think Tank.

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