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Design Biz Retreat is returning to Palm Springs
October 4-5, 2021

PRIORITY REGISTRATION OPEN NOW!

WE ARE SOLD OUT!
Send an email to: rick@designbizsurvivalguide.com to be added to the wait list!

 

Design Biz Retreat is a two day retreat style gathering of interior design professionals who are ready to learn strategies and techniques to take their business to the next level.

This exclusive lecture series will feature top industry professionals sharing first hand experience and advice on topics like:

SALES STRATEGIES
MINDSET
SALES TAX
PHOTO STYLING
CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS
BRAND DEVELOPMENT

A special emphasis will be placed on WELLNESS to help promote balance and presence in your business.

Join us this fall for a gathering of design visionaries and industry experts where we’ll demonstrate the true meaning of COMMUNITY and how it is re-defining the way interior design professionals are building stronger and more profitable businesses.

As the business of design continues to evolve and prosper, so does the need for tools and resources that help designers explore and expand your business model. Design Biz Retreat has been specifically developed to deliver valuable business strategies to elevate your business in an environment that promotes vision, trust, and support.

We couldn’t think of a more appropriate and inspiring destination for this two day experience than sunny Palm Springs, California. This iconic architecture and design destination offers the perfect balance of creative energy and peace of mind. We believe that your business is only as strong as your mind set so we’ve incorporated wellness and personal development as principles of Design Biz Retreat.

The most exciting component of this entire concept is the invaluable networking that will occur over the two days and nights that you spend among fellow design professionals from places near and far. Our goal is to establish a camaraderie among fellow attendees that will last a lifetime. What better place to expand your tribe than right here… This is for you.

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What they’re saying…

 

“The perfect amount of bonding and learning"

 

“This was the professional highlight of 2020 for me and will help me in so many ways in the next steps of my career"

 

“I feel renewed and validated"

 

 

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RETREAT ITINERARY

Priority Registration Opens May 1st $1750.00

Note: Because of the interactive format of this event, Design Biz Retreat is limited to 24 attendees so we encourage you to secure your spot early as this event will sell out.

Your retreat registration includes:
Two full days of informative and inspiring lectures from Industry Experts
Morning Wellness Opportunities (Pack your gym clothes)
Daily Breakfast and Networking Lunch
Sunday Evening Welcome Happy Hour
Monday Evening Group Activity - To be announced

Hotel Accommodations are not included in your registration. A group rate has been secured for a limited number of rooms at The Rowan Hotel (host hotel) starting at $229.00 per night. A reservation link will be sent to you with your registration confirmation.

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Event Partners

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2021 FEATURED SPEAKERS

MICHELLE LYNNE
Principal of ML Interiors
Founder of Designed for the Creative Mind

 

She’s back and this year Michelle will share her strategy to developing multiple layers of service categories to attract a broader range of projects and clients without sacrificing your processes, your profit, or your sanity. Michelle’s “layered” approach to sales and services will change the way you approach your next design opportunity.

 

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AMY MONROE
Sales Tax Guru

 

Amy is a sales tax specialist and consultant specializing in audit defense. Some things should definitely be left to the experts and sales tax is one of them. Amy will dig into the nuances of sales tax requirements for designers and the complexities of out of state work and e-commerce.

 

MICHAEL WALTERS
Design Stylist

 

Michael has spent years working with top brands, photographers, and magazines as a photo stylist. A designer himself, Michael understands a room and has become a resource to top design firms and select clientele. This interactive presentation and workshop will reveal some of the best kept secrets to making a room complete and photo ready.

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CHRISTOPHER KENNEDY
Principal Designer - Christopher Kennedy Interiors

 

Christopher has spent years interacting with clients and contractors as the lead visionary for his own design firm. He is no stranger to the CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS that designers must have in order to maintain boundaries and protect profit. Learn his tips and strategies to having those uncomfortable but necessary conversations like a pro.

 

KATE GREUNKE
Marketing and Visibility Strategist

 

Kate specializes in providing marketing solutions for Interior Designers through her popular online platform “Socialite”. Kate will show us how to harness the value of your email lis and how to maximize your direct reach to followers and customers through email marketing. We’ll explore value propositions, lead magnets, and the integration of direct to consumer e-commerce.

 

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Closing conversation with
KELLI LAMB

Kelli is the editorial director and Co-Principal of RUE, the design community’s go-to print and online resource for design and lifestyle inspiration. What better way to wrap up RETREAT than with a lively discussion and Q&A with Kelli about all things design, media, and community.

 


WELCOME MIX & MINGLE
Sunday, October 3
5pm to 8pm

 

What better way to welcome you to Palm Springs than with an exclusive private tour of the desert’s most anticipated showcase house - DESERT OASIS produced by Design Collaborative.

As the sun sets over the desert you’ll meet your fellow RETREAT attendees while taking in the beautiful transformation of this iconic residence interpreted by leading design professionals.

 

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MORNING RITUAL

 

RETREAT wouldn’t be complete without an emphasis on wellness. Whether it’s an invigorating hike or a sunrise yoga session we’ll get your body and mind prepared to receive the information and inspiration that lies ahead.

Our MORNING RITUAL is sponsored by our returning event partner, ARTSTAR.

 

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NETWORK & LEARN
Monday, October 4
6pm to 8pm

We’ll wrap up day one of RETREAT with an interactive cooking demo and a featured product presentation at the magnificent PIRCH Showroom in Rancho Mirage.

Re-cap your day of leaning and start building those relationships with fellow design biz entrepreneurs surrounded by the latest plumbing fixtures and appliances.

 

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