Feb 22

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PDCA 2013 Expo

PDCA 2013 Expo

Will you be attending the annual PDCA 2013 Expo in St. Louis, MO March 3 – 6, 2013?

The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America yearly expo is the largest industry specific trade show of its kind for contractors in those industries. While attending this yearly event of learning, networking, and fun is a great opportunity, for some, the cost and time make attending prohibitive. Perhaps with proper planning and saving for next year, many contractors will be able to be a part of this event or similar events in their area.

What’s the value in attending industry specific trade shows and expos?

Industry specific trade shows and events are becoming more common throughout the country, and the benefits to you, your employees, and your business can be huge. People who spend the money to participate or attend these events share a common passion for their work and industry. Spending several days at these events can energize a team and can personally reinforce and reignite the reasons for getting into a particular line of work in the first place.

A lot of value can be taken away by being an attendee: education, certifications, networking, and camaraderie.


Trade shows and expos are a great opportunity to visit the vendor booths to see and learn about new products. With new and improved products continually coming on the market, this is a great way to quickly learn about them and the benefits for your customers. Hands on seminars are often available to test a product and its applications. These seminars will better enable a person to determine if the product is right for use at their company. While some seminars include the added benefits of certification to add to the attendees resume and skill set.


Trade shows and expos are an excellent forum for meeting people within your industry from all over the country. With today’s social media platforms it’s easy to stay connected to the people you meet. Long term business relationship can grow. The people you meet will often times become those you turn to with questions or help in problem solving. Of course networking can become a business opportunity for you and your company.

Socializing and Fun

These short team building events bring a renewed sense of camaraderie to the group and energize the team spirit. Learning together while having some fun with others within your company can help people gain insight into their colleagues lives that they might not otherwise have access to. Getting back to daily work will hopefully bring a renewed interest to all.

Final Thoughts

So next time you have the opportunity to attend an industry specific event whether in your community or on a nationwide level consider the benefits to you and your employees. It may very well be, “money well spent”.

Do you attend trade shows and expos for painting contractors? What benefit do you take away? Leave a comment below.

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About the author

Tim Grubbs

I am the owner of Quality Assurance Painting, Inc., located in Lake County Florida, which I started in 2005. I am an experienced professional painter and coatings specialist. I do both residential and commercial work for myself and as a subcontractor to general contractors. We strive to set ourselves apart from the competition by providing 100% customer satisfaction in both workmanship and customer service. My knowlege in the industry continues to grow by reading about new products and techniques and participating in seminars and webinars. We specialize in interior and exterior repaints for both residential and commercial properties plus waterproofing techniques. We are an A+ rated member of the Better Business Bureau and members of the PDCA (Painting and Decorating Contractors of America).

1 comment

  1. steve Jones

    This is my first visit to a forum and it’s a great place to see if your doing it right…Thanks,Steve Jones

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