top retail events

Top Retail Events to Improve Your Bottom Line and More

Sometimes when you’re trying to expand your business and boost profits, getting outside input can spark new ideas and motivate yourself to improve. You might even step out of your comfort zone and try something new with your business. Conferences and top retail events are a great place to learn new things, keep up with business practices, network – and have a good time while you’re at it! But what are the retail events you should attend?

There are plenty of great conferences that every retailer should attend. We’ve featured some of our favorites.

This year is the best year as any to attend a conference that can help improve your bottom line. After all, why not start increasing your profits today?

Your Shop is More than Goods and a Cash Register

Running a business takes more than providing excellent customer service or the highest-quality products. Though this is helpful! You also need to keep up to date with trends in the retail industry, reach out to your peers, and always strive to learn something new to improve your business.

Make Time for Top Retail Events

It’s an exciting time for retail. Keep abreast of the hard challenges and new opportunities by attending a retail conference. While it might seem frivolous to take time off with looming deadlines and a seemingly endless flow of work, conferences can pay off big time in terms of what you gain.

So, stay current by packing a suitcase and having a willingness to meet new people and try something new!

What Are You Interested In?

There are so many conferences and so many seminar topics to choose from. Are you interested in technology? Design? Marketing? Digital strategy?

Does your business consist of e-commerce? Logistics and delivery? Straight-up retail?

Whatever your interest, you are spoiled for choice!

Be a Chatty Cathy

OK, not exactly. But go to the conference with a smile and bring a genuine interest in meeting people and learning about new developments in the industry. Conferences are the perfect place to network. So, take advantage of this opportunity!

Top Retail Events You Should Attend: Our Picks

  1. HLRCC Business Expo
  2. Wild Birds Unlimited
  3. Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show
  4. Tawas Business Expo
  5. Pleasant Business Expo
  6. MI SHRM
  7. Gaylord Business Expo
  8. Special Olympics Conference
  9. IGES
  10. Smoky Mountain
  11. Boyne Business Expo
  12. Arkansas State Park



Name: Roscommon Business Expo

When: Annually in May (this year’s event has passed, but it’s never too soon to prepare for next year!)

Where: CRAF Center

City: Rocsommon, MI


What: A business and recreation expo featuring what Higgins Lake, Roscommon, and surrounding communities have to offer.

Contact Irene Jantz for more information:

(989) 846-9577 or (800) 433-0983



Name: Wild Birds Unlimited Annual Conference

When: June 30 – July 1, 2018

Where: Devos Place

City: Grand Rapids, MI


What: Leadership conference featuring backyard bird feeding products and focused on improving vendor knowledge about available technology that will help improve outreach and overall product sales.

Contact John Rudberg for more information:

(989) 846-9577 or (800) 433-0983



Name: Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show

When: September 25-28, 2018

Where: Las Vegas Convention Center

City: Las Vegas, NV


What: The largest show of its kind. This show offers a selection of products that will help your shop stand out among the competition. Thousands of lines of souvenirs and resort products all under one roof! 

Contact John Rudberg for more information:

(989) 846-9577 or (800) 433-0983



Name: Showcase Iosco Business Expo

When: October 13, 2018 

Where: Tawas Area High School, Tawas City, MI

What: Trade show style event that provides area businesses, non-profits, and civic clubs an opportunity to present what they do and why. Businesses can display and sell products and explain services; non-profit organizations will have the opportunity to present their mission and describe their target population; and civic clubs can explain their goals, challenges, and needs to the community.


Contact Irene Jantz for more information:

(989) 846-9577 or (800) 433-0983



Name: Mt. Pleasant Business and Community Expo

When: October 11, 2018

Where: Comfort Inn & Suites Conference Center, Mt. Pleasant, MI

What: This annual trade show and networking event offers local businesses and the community the chance to see the latest and greatest in the Mt. Pleasant Area market place. The Expo is designed to be a fun community event that provides highly interactive exhibitor booths featuring demonstrations, free samples, games, prizes, items for sale, and other engaging activities!


Contact Irene Jantz for more information:

(989) 846-9577 or (800) 433-0983



Name: MISHRM Conference & Exhibition

When: October 17-19, 2018

Where: Grand Traverse Resort, Traverse City, MI

What: This conference geared toward HR Professionals offers educational sessions designated to provide practical and applicable information to help you be successful. Attendees can expect to be challenged and inspired by what the conference has to offer. This year’s conference provides participants a variety of opportunities that makes it a “must event” for HR Professionals to attend.


Contact Irene Jantz or John Rudberg for more information:

(989) 846-9577 or (800) 433-0983



Name: Gaylord Business Expo

When: October

Where: Gaylord, MI,


What: Networking event that features over 70 local businesses. Attendees learn about products and services offered and have the opportunity foster lasting relationships with other businesses within the community.

Contact Irene Jantz for more information:

(989) 846-9577 or (800) 433-0983



Name: Special Olympics Conference

What: T.R. McTaggart is a proud partner with the Special Olympics. Please contact Irene Jantz for upcoming event information and how you can become involved with this great organization.

(989) 846-9577 or (800) 433-0983



Name: IGES


When: November 3-6

Where: Sieverville Convention Center, Sieverville, TN

Pigeon Forge

When: November 4-7, 2018

Where: LeConte Center, Pigeon Forge, TN

What: A can’t-miss souvenir gift show for retailers in the industry looking for top-quality items at wholesale prices. With many opportunities for networking, many past attendees have created long-lasting relationships while finding new suppliers exhibiting at the show.


Contact John Rudberg for more information:

(989) 846-9577 or (800) 433-0983



Name: Smoky Mountain Gift Show

When: November 4-7, 2018

Where: Gatlinburg Convention Center, Gatlinburg, TN

What: Features an unrivaled networking opportunities and product selection, including wholesale destination souvenir, innovative resort and tourist merchandise, souvenirs, t-shirts, lake, mountain and lodge, ski-themed products, logo products, shell items, jewelry/fashion accessories, toys/games and more.


Contact Mitch Porvin for more information:

(954) 510-9090



Name: Business Expo and Taste of Boyne

When: November

Where: Boyne Mountain Resort Civic Center, Boyne Falls, MI

What: One of the largest business networking events Northern Michigan has to offer. This event features over 70 exhibitor booths and more than 1,000 people attending. This exciting expo includes great food, networking, music, business exhibits, and more!


Contact Theresa Cramer for more information:

(989) 846-9577 or (800) 433-0983



Name: Arkansas Recreation & Parks Association Conference and Trade Show

When: November 7-9, 2018

Where: Benton Event Center, Benton, AR

What: An event that brings together recreation, park, and leisure services professionals for networking opportunities, exhibits, music, food, and fun!


Contact our office for more information: (800) 433-0983


Top Conference and Expo Events Motivate You to Innovate

The team at T.R. Mctaggart wishes you a safe trip and happy learning for all the events you attend! Enjoy a change of pace while learning invaluable information. Remember to make the most out of your experience, meet new people, make connections that will benefit your business, and have fun!

Let T.R. McTaggart Guide the Way

If you are interested in attending a conference, but want information or advice about which conferences may best benefit your business, contact one of our knowledgeable and friendly sales reps for the 411.