Farwest 2017 announces networking event and mini-sessions

Farwest 2017 announces networking event and mini-sessions

Discounted early bird registration for the conference will be available until July 31.

July 6, 2017
Press Release

Wilsonville, Ore. (July 6, 2017) – The 2017 Farwest Show, Aug. 23-25 in Portland, Ore., has planned a series of free Mini-Sessions at this year’s Retailer Idea Center, which takes place during the show on the show floor. Sponsored by Garden Center magazine, the key sessions spotlight a variety of subjects and issues pertinent to garden retail owners and employees.

The Retailer Idea Center will inspire garden retailers to "Be Far From Ordinary" with themes that address timely and trending topics including digital marketing, design, merchandising, new products and more. The sessions are included with the Farwest Trade Show pass. Talks will be delivered in power-packed 25-minute segments starting at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 23, running during the trade show, with the last session at 12 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25. The Mini-Sessions are designed to give attendees an educational reprieve from the busy show floor. 

“The Retailer Idea Center is one of Farwest’s popular mainstays each year,” Allan Niemi, director of events for OAN, says. “These retail-focused Mini-Sessions keep garden retailers in tune with an industry segment that is competitive, dynamic, ever-trending.”

Additionally, the 2017 Farwest Show will host its annual event, "Emergent: A Group for Growing Professionals," on Wednesday, Aug. 23 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., VIP Room B (2nd Floor). Sponsored this year by F&B Farms and Nursery, Emergent brings together the industry’s best and brightest professionals under 40. 

Young professionals will network with like-minded horticultural enthusiasts, establish new relationships and share in building a brighter future for the green industry. They will have opportunities to exchange insights, innovative ideas and business practice. Originating six years ago as the Young Nursery Professionals Group, with a handful of eager, talented young individuals, Emergent: A Group for Growing Professionals now boasts over 3,000 of the nation’s young minds in horticulture. 

Extending the event beyond Farwest, participants will be able to network online on Emergent’s Facebook page.

Early bird registration for the show can be done through July 31. Pre-registrants will receive savings up to 50 percent, depending on what segment of the show they attend. Discounts apply to all events on the Farwest agenda. Students and teachers receive a special discount price of $49 for the All Access Pass that includes trade show, seminars and pesticide classes.

Registration for early bird discount is available online at www.FarwestShow.com/register.shtml.

Complete details on all events, show schedules, host hotels, speakers and education can be found on the registration page. For further questions, contact, Allison Pennell, event and education manager, at 503-582-2010 and apennell@oan.org

For complete details on Farwest 2017 visit www.FarwestShow.com.