METROCON Expo & Conference
The ASID Texas Chapter first started co-organizing METROCON in 2005, and every year this incredibly affordable networking, business-building and career-establishing event has grown and improved.
Our not-for-profit show is even more impressive when you break it down by the numbers. Did you know that…?
• Exhibitor fees have increased only 25-cents per square foot over the last five years.
• Our members can access 250+ vendors, choose from 50+ classes, and take up to 9 CEUs over two days for only $50.
• Attendance fees are the same as they have been since the 2010 show.
• The show is organized year-round by only 16 volunteers and two contract workers.
• Since 2005, METROCON has raised over $225,000 for the Texas Chapter to fund special programs, scholarships and foundation work.
We are incredibly fortunate to have such a powerhouse event in our own backyard, but it is easy to take our good fortune for granted. If you think about it, with an incredible value like this, WHY WOULDN’T YOU ATTEND METROCON?
So mark your calendars, join your peers and be part of something BIG: METROCON14 Expo & Conference will take place at Dallas Market Hall [2200 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas] on Thursday, August 14 & Friday, August 15, 2014. METROCON will again be held in conjunction with the ASID Texas Chapter’s Legacy of Design Awards Celebration / Annual Meeting, which will take place the evening of Wednesday, August 13.
NEW FOR 2014: DEDICATED STUDENT PROGRAMMING!
For the first time ever, METROCON will have a dedicated Student Programming area featuring portfolio & resume reviews, one-on-one discussions with companies who hire and/or work with interior designers, and more.
ASID will be implementing its high successful Career Exchange program, which it offers annually at NeoCon and NeoCon East. If you are a Practitioner, Educator or Industry Partner member and would like to volunteer in Career Exchange, please contact ASID Student Advisory Council member and Austin Design Community Financial Chair Corey Davey, Allied ASID: 979-418-9338 | email@example.com
Note that all Student Programming will take place on the second day of the show: Friday, August 15, 2014. So Students, stay tuned to the METROCON Student Programming page for information.
ATTENDING THE TRADE SHOW & CEUS
ASID & IIDA are again offering their members* affordable continuing education. Any member of the two organizations can attend the two-day trade show free of charge with only a $50 flat fee to take any amount of continuing education. Again this year the trade show and CEU registration is online via the METROCON Attendees page.
Continuing education courses, which we anticipate posting on the website by mid-May, will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Online pre-registration will open MONDAY, JUNE 2 AT 8AM and will close at 5pm on August 1. On-site registration will be available during METROCON14, but an additional charge of $10 will be added to online pre-registration fees. Note: If classes sell out online during pre-registration, class openings may be available on-site due to registrant no-shows, but they cannot be guaranteed.
*IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT MEMBERSHIP:
To qualify as a Member and receive discounted tradeshow and/or continuing education pricing, Attendees must be in good standing – i.e., not suspended for non-payment – in the official ASID database or in the official IIDA database ON MAY 1, 2014. If not in either one of these official databases on this date, then the Attendee will not qualify as a Member and will need to pay the non-member pricing.
EXHIBITING IN THE TRADE SHOW
If you cater to interior designers, METROCON14 is the place to be. A significant benefit of ASID Industry Partner membership is reduced convention pricing. Exhibitor registration opened online April 1 at 8am, and a 10’x10’ booth can be purchased for the reduced fee of $475. Green Zone booth upgrades are available at $100 per booth (while available), Premium booth upgrades are available at $150 per booth (while available) and Super Premium upgrades at $250 per booth (while available).
Please note that booth sales officially close on June 20, but if your company wants to secure its presence at the show, then do not procrastinate. Last year booths sold out nine days ahead of the official close, and by the time the show took place, we had 17 vendors on a waiting list. GO HERE to find out more about exhibiting and to purchase booths.
A note to the Industry Partners out there who offer residential products and services: Residentially-focused designers want you there! Every year they ask why more of you are not present – especially those from beyond the DFW area who want to do some “one-stop shopping” while they are in the Metroplex. Our members are always looking for new sources, and when you are not there along with other vendors, you are not on their radar. Understand that a great deal of residentially-focused designers attend METROCON every year, and they desperately want you to participate, so plan on being at the 2014 show!
SPONSORING THE EVENT
As of this posting (April 11), only 4 of the 45 METROCON14 sponsorships remain:
1. CEU Ceiling Tiles / Installation [in kind]: The CEU-goers in our packed downstairs classrooms will see your logo when they look up. Plus, enjoy two (2) 10’x10’ booths on us.
2. Notepad [$1,000]: Do it “write” by getting into the hands of all of our attendees. Let them take you home and use you even after the show’s over.
3. Directory [$2,500]: With two (2) full-page ads, shout it out and stand out by being the only advertiser in our info-laden Show Directory.
4. Bag Check [$1,000]: Lend a hand to our attendees by helping them store their stuff. You’ll be the first thing they see when they walk in the door and the last thing they see on the way out.
If you are interested in raising your level of visibility and having all eyes on you, then contact Sponsorship Liaison Amy Snelgrove at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888.633.2112.
DON’T MISS OUT!
Never been to our show? Then visit the Press page to find links to view photos from this year’s event, and visit the Home page to sign up to receive exhibitor and attendee notifications in order to stay informed about METROCON14, which will take place in Dallas on August 14 & 15, 2014. For developments throughout the year, follow us at facebook.com/METROCONexpo & twitter.com/METROCONexpo.
Whether you are an Industry Partner, Practitioner, Educator or Student, there is something at METROCON for you, so plan on joining us for the event of the year. We look forward at greeting you on August 14 & 15!
MILESTONE DATES FOR 2014’S EXPO & CONFERENCE
Interested in presenting, sponsoring, exhibiting or attending METROCON14? Then add the following key dates to your calendar, and be sure to make METROCON your primary venue for new products, continuing education and industry connections!
|Oct 1, 2013||2014 Sponsorship Opportunities posted online|
|Nov 1, 2013||2014 Floor Plan posted online|
|Nov 1, 2013||DEADLINE: Written Proposals for possible new Sponsorships due|
|Dec 30, 2013||DEADLINE: 2014 Promissory Agreements due (only for 2013 Sponsors reclaiming for 2014)|
|Jan 2, 2014||CEU Presentation Submissions Open | online|
|Jan 22, 2014||Sponsorship Soirée | Dallas – location TBD (date subject to change)|
|Feb 28, 2014||DEADLINE: CEU Presentation Submissions | online|
|Apr 1, 2014||Exhibitor Booth Sales Open | online|
|Jun 2, 2043||Attendee Pre-Registration Open | online|
|Jun 20, 2014||Exhibitor Booth Sales Close (if not sold out already) | online|
|Aug 1, 2014||Attendee / Exhibitor Badge Pre-Registration Closes | online|
|Aug 14-15, 2014||METROCON14 Expo & Conference | Dallas Market Hall|