Navy Pier will be hosting the 8th annual Independent Garden Center Show in beautiful Festival Hall on August 19-21. This unique event is open to all garden center owners, managers, and buyers. It offers an exclusive opportunity for those in the trade to familiarize themselves with the newest products and retail strategies.

The event includes a trade show, as well as educational programming lead by top experts in the business. All 700+ trade show exhibitors have been carefully screened, so attendees can rest assured knowing they’ll be exposed to the best and most relevant products in the industry. Peruse the newest garden center products, ask your questions, and order products directly from the vendor’s booth!

The IGC Retail Conference provides attendees with the opportunity to attend numerous workshops every day, focused on pertinent and stimulating subjects such as marketing, new technology, meeting customer needs, and garden center design. Additionally, each day of the conference features a keynote speaker to provide attendees with free garden center information and inspiration. Speakers for the 2014 IGC Chicago Keynotes include: lifestyle icon Martha Stewart, garden center expert Corey Bordine, and family business solutions leader Henry Hutcheson. This trio will inspire you to use strategy and creativity in order to establish a strong and thriving garden business. Experience every educational program, as well as entrance to the trade show floor, daily coffee, lunch, hotel discounts, and more by purchasing the IGC Retail Conference Passport.

Located in the heart of Chicago, the IGC Show offers countless opportunities for attendees to explore the city both on their own and as a part of the program. Enjoy Chicago’s renowned food and exciting nightlife with other attendees or your staff after a full day at the show. Experience a classic-rock music legend at the free IGC Chicago Concert, featuring Eddie Money and his many chart-topping hits. And discover top independent garden centers in the Chicago area on the IGC Monday Tour. It’ll allow you to meet fellow garden retailers, get a feel for each garden center location, and note successful practices and strategies for further incorporation into your own business.

Take advantage of the many opportunities the majestic city of Chicago has to offer, augment your knowledge of garden center products and management, and spend a few days enjoying the view from Navy Pier.

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