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SGIA Expo: Wide Format in the Desert

(September 2010) posted on Mon Aug 30, 2010

Las Vegas event takes place October 13-15, and will feature new Expert Advice Zones and much more. Visit The Big Picture magazine at booth 3479.

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By Paula L. Yoho

Making connections
All work and no play would make for a rather dull exposition, and SGIA knows the value of making face-to-face contact with customers, suppliers, and vendors. “A company's success depends a lot on what you know, but also who you know. The 2010 SGIA Expo is the ideal place to network and build significant business relationships,” says Robertson.

So, as in past years, the Expo will offer attendees and exhibitors alike a wealth of networking opportunities, beginning with a series of community-building receptions on Wednesday, October 13 (5:00 - 6:00 p.m.). Developed for the core sectors of the specialty imaging industry, individual receptions will be held for the PDAA, Latin American, Garment Decoration, Canadian, and Printed Electronics Communities (all free, but by invitation only).

Catch up over coffee and croissants during Thursday morning’s Keynote Breakfast (8:30 – 10:00 a.m.; $40 ($35 members). Author Orvel Ray Wilson takes the stage again to deliver tips for growing your business in his high-energy presentation, “Upsell! How to Expand Your Value to Sell at Higher Prices.” Then, plan to unwind as you finish off the evening at SGIA’s Thursday Night Dinner Party (6:30–10:00 pm; $35). Connect with industry colleagues, customers and suppliers after the tradeshow floor closes for the day, and unwind over cocktails, dinner, and dessert.

If you go
The Las Vegas Convention Center is the heart of the event’s activity throughout Expo week. Centrally located within walking distance of most of the hotels in SGIA’s room block and just minutes from the airport, its also a stop on the Las Vegas Monorail line. SGIA has coordinated with Travel Planners to offer discounts at hotels throughout the city, and reservations can be made online or over the phone.

Expo Hours
Wednesday Oct 13: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct 14: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, Oct 15: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Honoring the Best
As always, the SGIA Expo will play host to an array of industry awards in 2010.

Golden Image Awards: This competition honors top printwork in various output categories, both screen and digital; every entrant is considered for “Best in Show” (digital and screen print) and “Best in Creativity” (digital printing only). Peer judging. Deadline is September 24. Winners will be displayed all three days of the show.