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CBG Miami “Experience” Event Gets Positive Reviews

The experience takes this to the next level and provides educational experiences for both suppliers and retailers, as well as a buying show, on the cusp of the fourth quarter.




(PRESS RELEASE) There is excitement at the Continental Buying Group office as RSVPs for the CBG January show in Orlando roll in minutes after the invitations were sent out.

Just off the heels of the CBG Miami Experience last week at the J.W. Marriott Turnberry Resort and Spa suppliers are seeing more value than ever in spending quality time face to face, whether at their booths or in the pool, with independent retailers.

The CBG Experience happens each September at various delightful locales across the country. Continental Buying Group has always fostered an environment for optimal networking, communication, and growth for all their members. The Experience takes this to the next level and provides educational experiences for both suppliers and retailers, as well as a buying show, on the cusp of the fourth quarter.

The Welcome Party kicked off this Miami event featuring grammy award winning Cuban musician Tomasito Cruz and Latin fare. Each morning at breakfast, assigned seating was in place and rotated for suppliers and retailers to network and enjoy themed presentations together. Founder, Andie Weinman began each day with a personal message. The first morning featured a panel discussion on Increasing Sales Through Technology where retailers and suppliers discussed new tools available to help grow their jewelry businesses. On the second morning, social media expert Jera Bean spoke to attendees on how and why to effectively use TikTok. The final morning was themed Wellness with James Stern M.D., giving a humorous speech about surgical enhancements, followed by insights on deep breathing and a group experience led by Yogi Laurie Miller.

Each day lunch was freestyle starting with Taco Tuesday. Kosher and Indian buffets rounded out the assortment. Suppliers and Retailers mingled at the cocktail parties and the atmosphere was truly collaborative. There is significant value in meeting with multiple suppliers at one venue before the holiday season and CBG is forging ahead with the Experience each September. Next year, Continental Buying Group will head to Nashville for some Whiskey, Country Music and more ground breaking educational presenters.

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