Members Soak Up Knowledge During Packed Day of Education

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Members Soak Up Knowledge During Packed Day of Education

Madeline Bombardi of Sellwood Flower Company in Portland said SAF’s 1-Day Profit Blast energized her — she’s already shared much of what she picked up with her team. Christmas is in 76 days — and Valentine’s Day arrives (rain, shine, snowstorms or otherwise) just 51 days later. So, retail florists could be forgiven if they decided to burrow in, keep their heads down and crank out planning and prep throughout the fall. But for dozens of industry members, the pull of a packed day of education with some of the industry’ top experts, and the chance to step back from day-to-day responsibilities and critically assess what’s working and what isn’t, was too powerful to ignore. Sarah Donnelly of Donnelly Floral & Event Design in Rio Visto, California, takes notes during an educational session at SAF’s 1-Day Profit Blast in Portland. She was among 108 industry members at the event. More than 100 industry members from 12 states and Canada traveled to Portland, Oregon, on Sunday for the Society of American Florists’ 1-Day Profit Blast, sponsored by Frank Adams Wholesale Florist. Among them, Michelle Simpson of The Posie Shoppe in Prineville, Oregon, who called the event “a fantastic opportunity to look at our processes and systems with fresh eyes and in a new light.” “It’s so easy to get bogged down in the daily grind of business,” Simpson said. “We came home so energized to implement some new things and continue to take our business to new heights.” The event featured four experts from inside and outside the industry talking about major challenges all retail florists face, and the best-practice solutions attendees could take home and implement immediately. Floral Management magazine contributor Derrick Myers, CPA, CFP, PFCI, president of Crockett, Myers & Associates Inc. explored the main cost centers during his session. Industry members from 12 states and Canada attended the Profit Blast in Portland SAF launched the Profit Blast series in part to deliver high-impact education around the country — allowing more florists to attend, without the expense and hassle of traveling far from home. That message wasn’t lost on Rick Samuelson of Judy’s Central Point Florist and Gifts in Central Point, Oregon, who appreciated the tight timeline and session location (about four hours from his shop). “Short, sweet, conveniently located and packed with useful information,” he said. “I will be hard pressed to miss the next offering in the Portland area.” Madeline Bombardi of Sellwood Flower Company in Portland said the event energized her — she’s already shared much of what she picked up with her team. “I learned so much,” she said. “[Our] team is excited to implement the tips, tricks, and tools we gathered.” Among those tips, tricks and tools: In a session sponsored by Syndicate Sales, Derek C. Woodruff, AIFD, CF, PFCI , of Floral Underground, in Traverse City, Michigan shared solutions using design mechanics, new and old, to help attendees increase efficiencies and grow their bottom line profit—including tips on how they can leverage […]