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SGIA Expo Hits New Orleans

(August/September 2017) posted on Tue Aug 22, 2017

The 2017 show has it all: new tech, new learning experiences, and more in one of the country’s most entertaining travel destinations.


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As summer speeds by and fall quickly approaches, it’s time to start gearing up for what’s sure to serve as a graphics industry veteran “family reunion” and an immersive introduction for industry newcomers: the SGIA Expo. This year, the show heads back to the land of Bourbon Street, Mardi Gras, jazz, and Cajun food for the first time since 2011. The 2017 show will run at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center October 10-12, with a few half-day events scheduled for early birds on October 9.

There’s a reason more than 24,000 print guys and gals flocked to last year’s event: SGIA Expo has something for everyone. Full-day workshops, 40-plus educational sessions, networking opportunities, Women in Print events, specialty luncheons, symposiums, more than 540 exhibitors, and much more ensure that every sector of specialty printing is represented.

With so many things to do and see, it can be easy to get lost in the shuffle. Here are some of the expo’s must-attend happenings for every type of printer.

The Expo Floor
Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. | 540+ exhibitors



La Nouvelle Ballroom
Golden Image Competition Entries from more than 50 categories across the specialty graphics spectrum will be on display all week.

Tuesday, 5-6 p.m.
Let the Good Times Roll Community Reception This networking happy hour serves as a great time to talk with industry peers and check out the Golden Image Gallery.

ASDPT Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition The work of graphics arts students in high school and college programs will be featured in this competition, named for the late Screen Printing editor. Winners will be announced during the expo.

Brands Talking Sustainability Luncheon
Tuesday, 12-2 p.m.
Network with print shop owners, national brands, and retailers while discussing one of the industry’s hottest topics.

Your Business: Prepare for Success
Monday, 1-5 p.m.
This half-day conference for new and established business owners includes four presentations and a wrap-up Q&A session: “168 Hours: Use it Wisely” from Ryan Sauers of Sauers Consulting; “Establishing & Marketing Your Brand” from Vince DiCecco, Your Personal Business Trainer; “Launching a Strong Sales Effort” presented by David Fellman of Dave Fellman and Associates; and “Five Real-World Steps to Business Success” from Big Ink’s Tom Trutna.


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