This coming weekend I will be attending the International Housewares Show at McCormick place. I love this show for so many reasons. There is a Gourmet Food section, which lets me find new products. There is the tabletop area – fun mugs, teapots, trays, bowls – I always find something that I want to try as an alternative container for a gift package. The organization area – I am both organized and terminally messy. I describe my workshop as an organized disaster and despair of ever being able to keep my desk neat. The electronics area – a few years ago there was a massage chair in this area that wrapped around you – you felt like you were being swallowed by the chair, but I can’t deny that the massage felt great.
That said, this year I have another reason to be excited to attend – I will be doing one on one consulting to small business owners on “Planning for Profits.” This is the second year that I am doing this, but last year I was a last minute fill in for someone who had to cancel. Apparently my ratings were good and I was invited back this year for another round. I find this to be incredibly satisfying – I’ve received so much help from others in my business that I can never fully repay, this allows me to pass those gifts forward. And I have found that I really enjoy one on one consulting with other small businesses. So win-win.
So, should you be coming to the Housewares Show, I still have some open slots – you can sign up here. Or, just pop me an email and let’s try to connect for lunch or a quick meeting. For those of you not in the industry, keep your eyes here for my report(s?) on all my finds or let me know if you want me to find something for you!