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S T A R T H E R E 2 0 1 8 a big breakfast." Although there might be some coffee shops or restaurants nearby, room service will help you avoid morning crowds. Food: Prior to attend- ing the show, find out where you can get some lunch or snacks. You will want to give yourself some time to recharge and replenish. There are usu- ally some great restaurants near the convention cen- ters and there is usually a food court inside as well. Something to remember is that it is a violation of convention center rules to bring outside food in. Parking: If you plan on driving to the event, you may want to do a little research to see where you can park. Most conven- tion centers have parking information on their website and give you a daily rate. That way, you don't have to spend too much time looking for parking and can get an idea of how far away you have to park. There are also a few items that you can bring with you that can help you transition into the trade show world and will help you retain the information given to you. First, you will want to "bring business cards and pen and paper to take notes with. If you are developing your own product, bring that product or a sample of it to discuss with the exhibitors to see if their machines are a viable option for you" suggests Braden Todd of Glassmith2, a custom awards and engraving shop in Boulder, Colorado. THE NBM SHOW has many educational oppor- tunities inside the classroom and in the FACT BOX: Cost to attend: The cost to attend a show may vary, depending upon distance from home and plans for overnight accommodations. It is free to attend some shows up until day one of the show. Other shows you may be able to find free passes from exhibitors. Time you'll be away from your shop: Depending on where you are traveling from, you can expect to spend from one to three days. Necessary items to carry with you: A pen and notepad, business cards, and a cell phone or camera to take pictures. Other travel considerations: Where you will stay, how long will it take to travel to the show, and location of the show. Show attendees networking with exhibitors. 89

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