Technology is ideal for connecting and staying connected with fellow entrepreneurs and pet lovers in the industry. There are times, though, when you need to step outside of your comfort zone — and your office — and meet with fellow pet industry professionals.

There are myriad pet industry trade shows, conferences and expos available, across the country that you can factor into your 2018 marketing budget (yes, conference attendance should be considered marketing for your business!).

Here are a few of the many 2018 pet industry conferences, expos and trade shows from which to choose. The connections you make at an industry event are valuable as nothing can replace face-to-face interactions — not even a video conference call!
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What Pet-Business Centric Trade Shows Should You Attend In 2018?

  1. PIDA – Pet Industry Distributors Association Leadership Conference, Naples, FL – January 28-31
  2. VMX – formerly NAVC – North American Veterinary Conference, Orlando, FL – February 2 – 7
  3. Groom Expo West – Burbank, CA – February 15 – 18
  4. WVC – Western Veterinary Conference, Las Vegas, NV – March 4 – 8
  5. Global Pet Expo, Orlando, FL – March 21 – 23
  6. BlogPaws, Kansas City, MO – April 18 – 20
  7. Pet Food Forum, Kansas City, MO – April 23 – 25
  8. America’s Family Pet Expo, Orange County, CA – April 27 – 29
  9. Pet Boarding & Daycare West , Burbank, CA – April 30 – May 3
  10. HSUS Animal Care Expo, Kansas City, MO – May 14 – 17
  11. World Dog Expo, Meadowlands, NJ – June 9 – 10
  12. SuperZoo, Las Vegas, NV – June 26 – 28
  13. Best Friends National Conference, Los Angeles, CA – July 19–21
  14. Women in the Pet Industry Association Conference, Portland, OR – August 20 – 22
  15. Pet Sitter World Educational Conference & Expo, Myrtle Beach, SC – September 9 – 12
  16. Groom Expo, Hershey, PA – September 27 – 30, 2018
  17. IBPSA Pet Care Services & Educational Conference & Trade Show, St. Louis, MO – October 2 – 4
  18. APDT Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Memphis, TN – October 17 –  20
  19. Pet Boarding & Daycare Expo, Hershey, PA – November 5 – 8, 2018

Look at this list. Look at your calendar. Decide which conferences make sense for you — from a business standpoint — to attend in 2018. Start making your plans and check back for an upcoming post on how to make the most of your attendance at a pet conference, trade show or expo!

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