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TCATA explores new paths for growth in San Diego
The Textile Allied Trades Care Association will helping members improve today and plan for the future during its annual convention scheduled for July 31 to Aug. 3.
The event will be held at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego.
This year’s business program will kick off on Friday morning with Beth Ziesenis, who will lead a presentation called “Release Your Inner Nerd: Internet Tools and Search Secrets to Make the Computer Your Friend.”
Attendees will learn how to utilize simple tech tools and apps in order to increase their productivity. Ziesenis will also offer several online search tips.
The 45-minute session is designed for people with average technological skills and want to take it to the next level.
Afterward, Barry Maher of Barry Maher & Associates will present a two-hour session on “Slicing Through the Noise: Powerful Communication for Leadership and Professional Success.”
Maher has appeared on The Today Show, as well as CBS and CNBC. He will explain how to connect instantly with employees and customers no matter who they might be.
He will also discuss the most common and counterproductive communication problems and how to minimize and correct misunderstanding when they occur.
On Saturday morning, Mike Marks of the Indian River Consulting Group will head an interactive session on “New Pathways to Growth” from 9 a.m. until noon.
Marks believes the key to success is for business owners to focus on the reality of their own business, in particular four areas: dealing with an aging workforce; emerging threats and opportunities including a brief overview of the new healthcare law; options for selling new products; and pricing strategies.
In addition to the business programs, TCATA has planned events for socializing and relaxing. An opening reception is slated for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday night.
On the following day, a four-person scramble golf tournament tees off with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. and concludes with a lunch at 1 p.m.
Registration costs $190 per player and includes greens/cart fee, a roving refreshment cart, prizes, breakfast and lunch. The deadline to sign up is July 18.
Later that evening, TCATA will host a dinner party from 6 to 10 p.m. The association has also scheduled a closing reception and dinner on Saturday evening beginning at 7 p.m.
A discounted registration cost for the convention is available for those who sign up prior to June 26. Prior to that date, members pay $695 and spouses pay $295. After, it goes up to $745 for members and $345 for spouses.
There is also a reduced cost for first timers, members who have never attended a meeting before. The cost is $495 for members and $295 for spouses.
For those seeking lodging arrangements at the host hotel, a one night deposit of $224.17 along with a reservation form must be received by July 8. Rooms will be offered on a space available basis after that date.
The TCATA group rate of $199 per night (plus tax) is available for three days before and after the event. To contact the Rancho Bernardo Inn for reservations, call (800) 542-6096.
For more information, call TCATA, (973) 244-1790, or visit www.tcata.org where registration forms are available by clicking on the “2013 Conference” link under the “Annual Conference” heading at the top of the homepage.

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