WBBG 2016 Annual Meeting: "Running A Tight Ship"
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Each year, WBBG hosts an annual meeting consisting of a vendor trade show, educational workshops, a business meeting, and time for fun. This year's meeting will be held November 7 and 8 in historic Port Townsend, WA at the beautiful waterfront Northwest Maritime Center.
The theme of this year's conference is "Running a Tight Ship." Along with getting more heads in your beds, the educational workshops will be focused on operations this year, with tips to make your B&B run more efficiently and profitably.
The keynote speaker Nancy Huisenga, former innkeeper and author of "Behind the Door Marked Private: Confessions of a Small Town Bed and Breakfast Owner," will be speaking on the topic "Don't Let Burnout Run Your Ship Aground."
The meals will be provided by In-Season Catering, a Port Townsend favorite, and will feature local, fresh, seasonal ingredients and attendees will have the option of staying at local B&B's and inns rather than a traditional conference center.
After the last session on Tuesday, we will be offering an optional Cider tour of 3 local cideries. Come early and stay late to make the most of beautiful Port Townsend!
Monday November 7
11:30 am Registration and Lunch sponsored by Janice Hurley Hollis and BedandBreakfast.com "Ride the Data Wave-Survey Trends and What's New!"
1:00 pm Welcome
1:15 pm Keynote speaker, Nancy Huisenga, “Don't Let Burnout Run Your Ship Aground”
This author and former innkeeper's informative and entertaining presentation will open your eyes to the perils of losing direction when navigating your lodging establishment without a compass.
2:15 pm Break
2:30 pm Scot Fuller-Beatty, Think Reservations, “Guest Communications Before, During, and After to Improve Guest Experience”
3:30 pm Break
3:45 pm Jim Miller, Partners in Hospitality Marketing, "The Wonder of WOW!"
4:30-7 pm Networking Reception & Vendor Trade Show
See and touch the products, meet the service providers and other innkeepers and win door prizes. Complimentary appetizers sponsored by BedandBreakfast.com. Cash Bar available. Participating vendors include Unique Angles Photography, Indow Window Inserts, TRC Insurance, ThinkReservations, Odysys, Jim Miller & Associates, English Insurance, Advanced Vapor Technologies (LadyBug), 45th Street Hospitality, Heartwarming Treasures, Association of Independent Hospitality Professionals, BedandBreakfast.com, Inn Partners, Natural Felt, Booking.com, Jeff Logan, and Nancy Huisenga,
7:15-9 pm Salmon Buffet Dinner-More time for socializing with other conference attendees. Dinner catered by In-season, a local favorite!
Tuesday November 8
8:00 am Continental Breakfast available sponsored by Tim Piper & Inn Partners-Enjoy a light breakfast and get more time for networking with fellow innkeepers and WBBG Associate Members
9:00 am WBBG Annual Business Meeting-Elect next year's officers and board, approve the budget, and find out what's new from WBBG
11:00 am Break
11:15 am Break-out Sessions (pick one)
Kent Schnepp, Odysys:” Innkeeper Recipe: Book More Guests in 90 Days”
CPA Nathanael O'Hara of the CPA firm Gooding O'Hara & Mackey in Port Townsend, "Accounting Tips for the B&B Owner"
12:15 pm Lunch & RoundTable Discussions
(Boxed lunches provided-choose your table based on the topic you want to discuss-topics to be announced at meeting)
1:30 pm Jeff Sayre, Sayre Law Offices: Minimizing Risk and Liability and Other Important Legal Topics for the B&B Owner-topics to be discussed may include service animals, ADA compliance, video licensing, rules regarding spam emails when marketing, and more!
2:30pm Goodbyes & Optional Craft Cider Tasting at area cideries, or a Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Port Townsend (register ahead of time)
7PM Optional No-Host Networkng Dinner with the WBBG Board in Downtown Port Townsend (separate registration link comes with conference confirmation)
WBBG Members $179 Includes appetizers and dinner on Monday and light breakfast and boxed lunch on Tuesday. Register separately for optional pre-conference lunch on Monday too (sponsored by BedandBreakfast.com).
WBBG Non-Members $229 Includes appetizers and dinner on Monday and light breakfast and boxed lunch on Tuesday. Register separately for optional pre-conference lunch on Monday too (sponsored by BedandBreakfast.com).
LODGING is not included. The following inns have agreed to block rooms for WBBG until October 1. Call them directly to take advantage of any discounts.
Ravenscroft Inn (360) 205-2147
All 8 rooms are blocked. They are offering 10 percent off the standard room rate for WBBG attendees. No prepared breakfast.
Old Consulate Inn (360) 385-6753
They have blocked all 8 rooms for WBBG with a 10 percent discount for meeting attendees. No breakfast rate. Victorian theme.
The Swan Hotel (360) 385-1718
Right across the street from the Maritime Center. $100-$175 depending on size and view of room. No breakfast. Maritime theme.
The Bishop Victorian Hotel (360) 385-6122
Walking distance. No breakfast. Victorian theme.
About Port Townsend:
With its maritime heritage, artist spirit, and a touch of urban chic, Port Townsend has activities for every taste. Come early and stay late while attending the WBBG Annual Meeting and Conference. The Seattle Times wrote a nice article about what to do in Port Townsend.