National Training Conference
National Training Conference
On September 23rd to 25th, SMCo Thrift will host its next event focused on equipping leaders in the thrift industry to Do Thrift Better. Principles, strategies and tools proved successful in the 50+ locations where the SMCo Thrift team has assisted will be shared. Join us in Knoxville for this unique gathering of thrift operators from across the United States.
Expect to hear about, and then see, the interconnected elements within a thrift operation – such as receiving donations, sorting & pricing individual items to retail sales. The first two days are spent in a “lecture” environment at the Knoxville Convention Center, whereas the third day is spent in a “lab” environment, learning in stores. Directors, managers and other leaders will walk away with practical steps to implement at existing thrift operations to grow your social enterprise.
Every conference is unique because of the people who attend. We recognize the value of different viewpoints so come prepared to share your challenges as well as your successes. Recent attendees have traveled from west and east coasts as well as places in between. They represented organizations with no stores to more than a dozen, with existing stores generating less than $25K per month to over $125K per month.
Sorting & Pricing Donated Items
Snacks will be available throughout the afternoon. Plan to eat lunch before you arrive for the start of the conference.
Leading and Managing People
Merchandising & Pulls
Budgeting, Capital Investments, and Real Estate
Marketing & Communications
Located at Knoxville Hilton
Snacks will be available throughout the day. Lunch is provided.
The Fall 2019 SMCo Thrift National Training Conference will be held at the Knoxville Convention Center. Situated adjacent to the World’s Fair Park in downtown Knoxville, this beautiful venue boasts great meeting spaces and delicious refreshments. Within walking distance of dozens of hotels, restaurants, and entertainment venues, this space will help make this event one to remember.
SMCo Thrift has partnered with the Hilton Knoxville and Crowne Plaza and reserved two blocks of rooms for the Fall 2019 conference. To receive preferential pricing and benefits, please contact the hotels directly.
5 minute walk to Convention Center
$199 room rate + Complimentary Self Parking
Group Code: SMCT
Check in 9/23 and Check out 9/25
If different check-in date is needed, call hotel directly at 865-251-2578 to book rooms.
Block of rooms is guaranteed until 9/2/19.
Please call hotel direct to check availability.
10 minute walk to Convention Center
$115 room rate + $10 Self Parking
To book your reservation call the hotel directly at 865-522-2600 ext. 2366 to speak with the Reservation Manager. Office hours are from 8:30am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday.
No online reservations available for this preferred rate.
Space is provided based on availability.
The Knoxville Convention Center is in close proximity to multiple hotels, including notable brands …
Two boutique hotels are also within easy walking distance.
Dozens of amazing restaurants are within walking distance of The Knoxville Convention Center and area hotels. Make plans to enjoy your own “taste of Knoxville” during your visit.
Getting to Knoxville doesn’t need to be difficult. Located at the intersection of I-40 and I-75, a road trip is easy for many. McGhee-Tyson airport (TYS) is a great mid-sized airport served by all the major airlines (with short security lines). And plan to enjoy all the benefits of Knoxville by extending your stay through the weekend.
If you need help planning your trip, let us know and we’ll contact you.
We want our attendees to be aware of the best products and services available to help you Do Thrift Better. So joining us at each conference are some of the best resource providers in their business, including …
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The registration for each attendee is $295 through July 26th. Thereafter, the registration is $395. Each attendee has full access to the conference sessions as well as the workshops.
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Registration is non-refundable but transferable to another member of your organization.
For additional information, please contact the SMCo Thrift team to have your questions addressed personally.