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Casual Living Conference features social media, calls for tweets

Dallas Market Center to sponsor real-time Twitter feed

Be part of the social media stream at the Casual Living Conference, Change: The New Status Quo, Feb. 19-21 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla.

Attendees are encouraged to either sign in to Twitter or sign up (it's easy to do at twitter.com) and be part of the real-time scrolling Twitter feed on the Casual Living website that will highlight conference events, parties, moments and all the buzz. The hashtag is #CLcasualcon which should follow each tweet. The Twitter sponsor for the conference is the Dallas Market Center (@Dallas Market).

Those arriving Wednesday can get started with a round of golf, sponsored by TUUCI. The Shingle Creek Golf course, which opened in 2003 and is recognized as one of the top courses in Orlando, is known for its large, undulating greens, plush fairways and an abundance of water hazards.

Another option for Feb. 19 is to head out on the retail tour to Fireplace & Verandah. The family owned and operated retailer, which has been in business since December 1975, was started by Bob Jenkins with $500 and has grown today into one of the largest showrooms of casual furniture in Central Florida. The 10,000-sq.-ft. store carries everything from grills and pizza ovens to outdoor furniture from a variety of vendors including Gensun, Windward Design Group, Lane Venture, Lloyd Flanders, CR Plastic Products.

Registration for the conference begins at 4:30 p.m. with cocktails, sponsored by the IMC-Las Vegas Market, set for 6:30 p.m. Dinner is on your own with plenty of tempting options on-site at the resort.

Early-risers can grab some breakfast, sponsored by AmericasMart Atlanta, on Thursday morning before the conference officially kicks off at 8:30 a.m. Then get ready for the keynote address, sponsored by Surya. Noted futurist David Zach shares his thoughts during "A Retailer's Guide to the Changing Future."

The Gen Y Guy, Jason Dorsey, whose presentation is sponsored by the Dallas Market Center, is up next. Baby Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y - who are these folks and how do you sell to them? Dorsey makes sense of it all in "The Art of Multigenerational Selling."

Throughout the conference you will have a chance to compare notes and grab some coffee or a quick snack during the breaks -- all of which are sponsored by Pride Family Brands.
You'll have a chance to make some friends or reconnect with those you know at lunch, sponsored by Treasure Garden.

There will be more time to mingle at Thursday evening's cocktail event, sponsored by Agio, that precedes the glamorous and exciting awards dinner, sponsored by MMPI Chicago Market. Agio and Chair King Backyard Store will each be honored during the evening's event, but don't let your night end there. Stick around to congratulate the winners and have some post-party drinks in one of the resort's bars.

This annual event provides a relaxed networking opportunity where you can strengthen or build relationships as you will be with a select group of retailers that can collaborate with your manufacturing partners on ways to grow your business. It's not too late to join us!

For more information or to register, click here.

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