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2016 INNKEEPER WORKSHOP, VENDOR SHOW and ANNUAL MEETING
(a.k.a. You Deserve a Staycation!)

October 30, 31 & November 1

MEMBERS & GUESTS - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Cragun's Resort and Hotel on Gull Lake
11000 Craguns Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401

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Workshops - hands-on and training-focused on the topics you want to hear!
We are offering an incredible line-up of workshop topics this year.  Hands-on and training-focused, these workshops will offer instruction on such topics as creating social media campaigns (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter), individual B&B website critiques, record-keeping, state rules and regulations that affect B&B's, how to "clean up" your computer to enable it to work better, special diet menus and MBBA website profile enhancements . . . and that's just the beginning! See the partial list of presenters and experts below and check back often for updates!

So grab your laptop, ipad and/or mobile-device and join us as early as Sunday, October 30, with workshops beginning Monday, October 31 and Tuesday, November 1, at Cragun’s Resort & Hotel in Brainerd, Minnesota!

Schedule Overview:

Sunday, October 30:
6:00-9:00pm Welcome Mixer (arrive anytime) 
Shock Top Beer - S'more Pairing Party - Compliments of Anheuser-Busch & C&L Distributors

Monday, October 31:

7:30 - 8:30am Registration + Hot Buffet Breakfast

8:30 - 11:00am Opening Address + Registation for One-on-One Breakout Sessions Begin

11:45am - 1:00pm Working Buffet Lunch/MBBA Annual Meeting

1:00pm - 4:00pm Vendors / Exhibitors in the CENTRE - Concurrent with the Community of Minnesota Resorts

1:00pm - 4:00pm One-on-One Breakout Sessions in the CENTRE and meeting rooms

4:00pm Networking / Prize Give-away / Cash Bar in the CENTRE

6:30pm Evening Banquet / Entertainment (Costume Party) / Social Networking

Tuesday, November  1:
7:30 - 8:30am Hot Buffet Breakfast

8:30 - 10:45am One-on-One Breakout Sessions Continue

11:00am Closing Remarks / Wrap-Up / Adjourn

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

Carol Altepeter | Northwest and Central Regions Manager Explore Minnesota Tourism
Learn everything there is to know about Explore Minnesota Tourism (EMT) including website marketing opportunities and how to actually use these programs, opportunities and announcements. Later, work with EMT staff on your on-line listing to maximize your profile and enhance visibility.

Cynthia Messer | Director of the University of Minnesota Tourism Center
How do you eat an Oreo?
Explore the differences between Baby Boomers and Millennial wants and expections, and gain tips to effectively market to and meet the needs of these two generations.

Merritt Bussiere | Extension Educator | Community Economics University of Minnesota Tourism Center
Your biggest potential billboard is on the Internet. More and more searches and purchases are happening via smart phones. How do you get the information about and links to your business on Google Maps - for Android users - and Yelp/Apple Maps - and iPhone users? How do you scan for and claim ownership of existing map info about your business and make it accurate and up-to-date?

Mike Ciernia | Thumbsmobile
Mobility, everyone is carrying a smart phone these days, so what's the big deal?
Sure you have a website, but is it mobile friendly? What do mobile users really want and how do they find you? Learn how the most popular search engines evaluate your web site and what it means. Then get tools and strategies that you can implement to boost your online readiness and mobile optimization.

Reviews: the good, the bad and the ugly.
Reviews are important to your B&B. Learn what should you be doing to get more reviews and how and when to respond to a review (good or bad). How can you encourage more positive reviews? What are the best practices?

Holly Sobrack | Westbrack Marketing
One-on-one consultations covering Facebook Business Pages; how to use them to promote and book your B&B.  Let’s start with making sure your business page is set-up properly and then receive personalized suggestions and techniques that you can use to keep your business in front of customers.  With over 15 years of marketing experience, Holly will also talk with you about what other social media tools are available and make suggestions as to what else you could do to enhance your business. 

Lars Johnson | Food Safety Guy
Lars has been training owners, managers and employees on the basics of Food Safety for more than 20 years. In his opinion, the fun part is taking it out of the book and making it apply to the real world. No fan of restrictive regulations, he does seek to find the balance between safe kitchen behaviors, good judgement, compliance and customer expections. This session will address basic practices and standards and any new information on the Minnesota Food Code.

Don Raleigh | Evolve Systems
We are excited to announce a newly formed relationship with Evolve Systems, a woman-owned, family-owned, and veteran-owned website development and online marketing business that has been serving Minnesota for 15 years. They will be offering free website audits that will include web architecture, foundation, SEO basic, content and social media presence reviews.

Paul Schmidt | Restoration Window Systems
Paul has been restoring older windows since 1999. He has developed several methods of improving energy-efficiency, improving operation and refinishing wood windows dating from the late 1800's to 1950's. In addition to running his window company, he teaches classes and leads workshops/seminars providing solutions for problems with older wood windows. 

Alfred Aday | ThinkReservations
Back Office Secrets: Make Your Business Work While You’re Not There
Wouldn’t it be nice to have more time to yourself knowing that your B&B is continuing to work while you’re away? We’ll look at automating multiple facets that go into managing your business, such as scheduling, follow-up emails, and accounting. During this talk you’ll learn how to save time, provide a better booking experience to your customers, and learn how to make your data work for you. 

Patrick Elias | Market Manager | Expedia
Curret Landscape of Online Travel
A presentation explaining the different types of OTAs/Distribution channels in the travel marketplace, the key players among them, and the technology behind it all.

Tami Schluter | Executive Director | Minnesota Bed & Breakfast Association
Learn how to effectively use all the valuable tools available on the new and improved MBBA website.

 

TRADE SHOW INFORMATION:
This year we will be offering exhibitors the exciting opportunity for exposure to the MBBA membership, as well as the Community of Minnesota Resorts membership, who will be holding their conference concurrently at Cragun's Resort. We have arranged for joint floor space to provide greater exposure for all exhibitors. 

EXHIBITORS - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ON-LINE

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE EXHIBITOR CONTRACT

CONFIRMED VENDORS:

SPINVISION:
How Video, Drone and Virtual Tour Technology Can Showcase Your Property Online! 

ULTIMATE MINKY PILLOWCASES:
Lusciously soft and luxuriously beautiful, comfortable pillowcases that are an instant upgrade to every pillow. Minky fabric (softer than mink) wicks heat and moisture, keeps pillow clean, resists stains and wears very well.

VELOCITY PAYMENT SYSTEMS:
Offering low cost true "lodging" credit card procesing to bed & breakfasts, inns, resorts and campgrounds.

THUMBSMOBILE:
We mobilize for success! 

WESTBRACK MARKETING:
Providing social media, website design internet marketing and consulting. 

EVOLVE SYSTEMS:
Want to be found online . . . web design for your business. We're in business to keep you in business. 

SHEETS GALORE:
Providing your guests with a soft, comfortable nights rest. 100% brushed, microfiber sheets that are guaranteed not to pill, wrinkle, shrink or fade. The more they are washed, the softer they get.

THINK RESERVATIONS:
Unique ecosystem of proven business management solutions, integrated payment processing, world-class support and direct connectivity with channels such as Booking.com , Expedia and TripAdvisor. ThinkReservations is ready to unify and automate every part of your business to make it more profitable and productive.

EXPEDIA:
The world's leading online travel company with more than 90 locialized points of sale in more than 60 countries, connecting you with the largest travel marketplace.

RESTORATION WINDOW SYSTEMS:
Paul Schmidt has been restoring older windows since 1999. He has developed several methods of improving energy-efficiency, operation and refinishing wood windows dating from the late 1800s to 1950s. 

NORWEX:
Offering chemical-free, biodegradable, earth-friendly, non-toxic cleaners that are enzyme-based.

BEDANDBREAKFAST.COM
Explore incredible B&Bs, dream destinations and get access to exclusive offers.

The MBBA Welcomes Vendors from our Friends at the Community of Minnesota Resorts


ADVENTURE KEEN AL BIRD SALES APPROVAL PAYMENT SYSTEMS

ART UNLIMITED AXA Aquarius Home Services/Kinetico

BEMIDJI MILLWORKS Card Payment Solutions CHRISTIANSON & ASSC.

CLIFTON LARSON ALLEN LLP
Costco
DAYTA Marketing

DEERWOOD BANK FASTER SOLUTIONS Fireside Lodge Furniture Company

JOKELA POWER EQUIPMENT
Nelson Ink
MIDWEST INSURANCE AGENCY

Northwoods Bank
PINE INSURANCE RANGE WATER

RAVE SPORTS
Reservation Master
RESORTSANDLODGES

Rez Stream
S & L Outlet
SCULPTURE BY DESIGN

SEPTIC CHECK
SUPPLY WORKS
SYMBOL MATTRESS

THOMPSON ENTERPRISES
URSA ENTERPRISES
Vanguard Hospitality Real Estate Group

VIKING LOG FURNITURE
WIDSETH SMITH NOLTING

 

 

 

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