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Universal Furniture International, Inc.

101 S. Hamilton St.

Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

Corporate Phone: 336.822.8888

About Universal
Universal Furniture creates quality furnishings for the whole home with a focus on function and lifestyle. The company’s casegood, upholstery, accent and accessory designs are developed under the brand names Universal Furniture, Miranda Kerr Home, and Coastal Living, and sold through retailers and interior designers throughout North America and around the world. Founded in 1968, Universal Furniture is a brand of Samson Holdings, one of the world’s largest vertically integrated furniture manufacturers. For more information, please visit www.universalfurniture.com, or find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest @UniversalFurn.

10am - 11am, June 5

Rates & Fees to Double Your Revenues in Half the Time

Educational

Also livestreamed

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

Join interior design business coach Melissa Galt to learn how to increase revenue in your design business. Topics covered include: -Escape the Trap of Hourly; Step into the Priceless Valuation of Design -Learn the Two Fee Method of Design to Simplify Invoicing and Earn More -Stop Chasing the Money; Get Paid in Advance of All Design Delivery


Speakers: Melissa Galt

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10am - 11am, June 6

Creative Value Blueprint

Educational

Also livestreamed

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

Join coach Gail Doby as she explores the following topics: *Why your real problem is often not what you think *A successful business is your real art *How financially successful designers charge for services *Planning for profit *Marketing, mindset, & mastery


Speakers: Gail Doby

RSVP Required

11:30am - 12:30pm, June 6

The Kaleidoscope Project

Educational

Also livestreamed

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

Please join AmyLynn Schwartzbard and Patti Carpenter, co-founders of the Kaleidoscope Project, in conversation as they take us on their journey from concept to completion of this Designer Showhouse journey to broaden the design narrative within our creative community. 


Speakers: Patti Carpenter, AmyLynn Schwartzbard

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2pm - 3pm, June 6

Branding & Influencer Marketing: Useful Revelations for the Post Pandemic Era

Educational

Also livestreamed

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

Like everything else, influencer marketing & brand development were impacted by the Covid pandemic. Conducting usual business marketing sensitive to pandemic-driven changes in human nature and abnormal lifestyle conditions invited new and specific styles of content creation and engagement. Since the first quarter of 2020, the process of building influence online for business outcomes evolved under an organic cloak with shifts that will last long into post pandemic years. Adam will provide an overview of the pandemic’s impact on Influencer Marketing for the design industry including: Human Condition & online audience; Digital Marketing Developments; Long Term Effects on Influencer Marketing Tactics.


Speakers: Adam Japko

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10am - 11am, June 7

How the Pandemic is Changing Retail

Educational

Also livestreamed

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

Join retail consultant Rachel Gerli of Right Hand Brands to learn the big pivots retailers made in 2020 to react to a changing consumer climate — and get a forecast for future changes in 2022 and beyond. She'll dive into everything from emerging trends to the big bets retailers are investing in, and how you can think about these innovations in your own retail or design business. The future is closer than you think.


Speakers: Rachel Gerli

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11:30am - 12:30pm, June 7

Social Storytelling: Creating a brand narrative that stands out online

Educational

Also livestreamed

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

The process of establishing yourself as a brand feels like an enigma to many interior designers – how do you find the time to be consistent and prolific on social media? How long does it really take to build a following that drives leads and partnerships? And, most importantly, how do you know what to say about your business, over and over again every day?  


Speakers: Jana Phipps, Ginna Christensen, Ericka Saurit, Corey Damen Jenkins

RSVP Required

2pm - 3pm, June 7

Why You Shouldn’t Charge for Your Initial Consultation

Educational

Also livestreamed

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

To charge or not to charge? That is the question, and often a hotly debated one. Does charging a fee mean I will automatically accept the job? Does not charging a fee expose me to people who just want free ideas? From the West Coast to the East Coast, designers are either charging or not charging for their first meeting with potential clients. Learn why designer Sandra Funk has chosen to forgo this fee.


Speakers: Sandra Funk

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Universal Whole Home

Postscript: A collaboration of Universal Furniture and Alexander Julian

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