Are you feeling scattered and overwhelmed?
Don't delay-sign up today. Spend 2 days collecting yourself with some of the nicest and smartest people in the industry!
Renew, Refresh, and Refocus at WBBG's biggest event of the year, the 2014 Annual Meeting and Conference at the Chrysalis Inn in Bellingham on November 3 and 4.
Register Here beginning August 1. Act now and take advantage of the Early Bird Discount available until September 1.
Are you a WBBG associate member or B&B vendor? Find out more at 2014 Vendor Trade Show Registration .
Our keynote speaker is Jay Karen, speaking on the topic "Finding the Innkeeping Sweet Spot: Where Happiness, Success, and Sanity Meet."
Running a B&B sometimes feels like the epitome of playing tug of war: your sensibilities vs. the guests...your need for privacy vs. the demands of the guests...your capacity to get things done vs. what all the voices in the industry say you should be doing. Rather than tug-of-war, innkeepers should approach it like "yin and yang." What you bring to the table as a unique innkeeper can complement and perfectly balance what the guests seek in an experience. After being in the trenches with innkeepers for more than 7 years, Jay will give his best advice on how to strike that balance, so that you don't just burn out, but that you find happiness, success and sanity.
Other highlights of this 1.5 day conference include:
· Popular speakers from Acorn Internet, buuteeq, BedandBreakfast.com, and others
· Luxurious Waterfront Lodging
· Time for the Spa & Socializing
· Vendor Trade Show & Networking Reception
· Variety of Workshops on e-Commerce, Marketing, Traveler Trends, Green Cleaning, Breakfast Trends, Airbnb, & More
· Annual Business Meeting
2014 Conference Fees
- $189 for members
- $239 for non-members
- $35 for Monday AM Bonus Session & Boxed Lunch with Lisa Kolb, Acorn Internet
- There is a $20 early bird discount for registrations received prior to September 1.
- All innkeepers are encouraged to attend, including non-WBBG members
The conference fee includes workshops on Monday and Tuesday afternoon, snacks break and dinner Monday, and breakfast and lunch on Tuesday.
We will also be offering an optional Bonus Session on Monday morning with Lisa Kolb of Acorn Internet: “Uncovering the Secrets of a Superior Online Presence.” Cost is $35 and includes boxed lunch.
Lodging is not included and needs to be booked individually at the Chrysalis Inn & Spa, 804 10th St., Bellingham, WA, Call to reserve at 360-756-1005. Note: You may want to come early and stay late to enjoy beautiful Bellingham and take advantage of the hotel amenities, including the spa!
Request the special WBBG rate of $144 (Side View Deluxe Room) or $154 (Full View Deluxe Room). Suites available for additional cost.
- Spacious guest rooms feature fireplace, luxury amenities including 2 person bath,and waterfront views.
- Hotel has on-site restaurant & spa.
- This property is located near railroad tracks and brief, occasional train sounds are to be expected.
WBBG block of rooms will only be held until October 3, so book your room early!
Monday, November 3
9:30AM-12:30PM Optional Bonus Session & Boxed Lunch: "Uncovering the Secrets of a Superior Online Presence!" Lisa Kolb, Acorn Internet (Requires pre-registration)
12:30-1PM Sign in for Main Conference
1PM Welcome from WBBG President and General Opening Sessions (Choose both)
1:15-1:30PM "2014 Traveler Trends, "Janice Hurley, BedandBreakfast.com
1:30-2:15PM "The Shared Economy...and How that Impacts Innkeepers," David Britt, Inn Connections, LLC & Charleston Southern University
2:15-2:30PM Snack Break
2:30-3:20 PM: Breakout Sessions (Choose One)
A. "Is Your Inn's Website Smartphone Optimized?" Lisa Kolb, Acorn Internet
B. "Keeping Up with What's New in Cleaning," Randy Zielsdorf, Advanced Vapor Technologies
3:30-4:30PM Breakout Sessions (Choose One)
A. "The Biggest Job You're Already Doing: E-Comm Manager," Dean Desilet, buuteeq
B. "Basic Tactics to Minimize Risk & Liability for B&B Owners," Eric Nelsen, JD, Sayre Law Offices
4:30-7PM Vendor Trade Show & Networking Reception (Complimentary Appetizers & No-Host Bar)
7-9PM Dinner & Awards in Keenan's Restaurant (on-site)
Tuesday, November 4
8-9AM Buffet Breakfast
9-11:30AM WBBG Annual Business Meeting & Elections (Non-Members are welcome)
12-12:45PM Buffet Lunch
1-2PM Breakout Sessions (Choose One)
A. "Navigating Breakfast Food Trends: What's Hot, What's Not?" Erin Coopey, Author & Chef Instructor "The Glorified Home Chef"
B. "Tracking Your Inn's Statistics to Boost Your Business (Case Study)," Alan Fielding, Cameo Heights Mansion
2:15-3:15 Breakout Sessions (Choose One)
A. "Word of Mouth Marketing: How to Build Buzz for Your B&B," Whitney Keyes, Seattle University
B. "Updates on PInterest and How it Can Help Your Business," Jill Britt, Inn Connections, LLC, WBBG Quality Assurance Advisor
3:30-4:30 General Closing Session "Finding the Innkeeping Sweet Spot: Where Happiness, Success, & Sanity Meet," Jay Karen, Select Registry, formerly of Professional Association of Innkeepers International
More time at the Spa
WBBG 4th Quarter Board Meeting, 5-6PM