2024 CCA RETAIL GROUP CONNEXTION™ CONFERENCE LAUNCHES WITH SHARK TANK’S BARBARA CORCORAN AND UNVEILS NEW MARKETING INITIATIVES TO CATAPULT ROLLOUT OF RETAIL 2.0

November 28, 2023

MANCHESTER, NH (November 28, 2023) – CCA Global Partners Retail Group’s conneXtion™ conference is set for January 14-17 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Dallas, TX. Carpet One Floor & Home, Flooring America, Flooring Canada, The Floor Trader, and International Design Guild members will take part in an exciting lineup of events, including a keynote from real estate magnate and ABC’s Shark Tank Barbara Corcoran. Plus, members will have a chance to explore new ways to help drive more retail traffic to their showrooms, a full day of education sessions, and a lively closing night event with R&B/funk band Kool & The Gang.

ConneXtion’s jam-packed agenda also includes a Women of CCA event, NEX40 event, marketing and merchandising innovations, increased networking opportunities, and a full trade show floor showcasing CCA’s exclusive Retail 2.0 showroom—all designed to energize and invigorate cooperative members as they head into 2024.

“Members will notice that this convention is built around initiatives to impact their businesses immediately. We’re focusing heavily on ways to drive more traffic through accelerating smart marketing initiatives, a full day of hands-on education sessions, incorporating more peer-led panels, and expanding our member-to-member networking for invaluable connections with other owners,” said John Gilbert, President of Carpet One Floor & Home. “We’ve also infused our agenda with speakers, activities, and entertainment designed to inspire, engage, and motivate members to kick start the new year.”

ConneXtion™ highlights include:

Keynote Speaker Barbara Corcoran: Attendees at conneXtion will get wisdom, advice, and inspiration from special guest Barbara Corcoran, Founder of The Corcoran Group, as well as Shark and Executive Producer on ABC’s wildly successful business series, Shark Tank (where she’s invested in over 100 businesses). She is also the author of Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business! and host of top business podcast “Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran.”

Full-Day Education Sessions: Based on member feedback, the upcoming conneXtion is expanding its educational offerings with a full day dedicated to education sessions. Classes on expansion, succession, installation, marketing, digital, operations, training, and trends will be offered.

Women of CCA Event: The conference opens on Sunday, January 14, with an exclusive Women of CCA special event. Set against the stained-glass windows and vaulted ceilings of historic architectural gem Ashton Depot in Ft. Worth, the evening includes networking, cocktails, dinner, and an empowering talk from guest speaker Pam Minick, former rodeo champ and TV host.

Networking With NEX40: The NEX40 group comes together for a night of music, drinks, and networking with fellow young professionals across CCA Retail Groups. NEX40 has been organizing trips, events, and workshops for under-40 professionals since 2016, and the group will announce exciting new opportunities planned for 2024 and 2025.

Looking Ahead with Connor Lokar: The economic forecaster returns to conneXtion to share insights and market indicators for 2024 to help business owners look ahead.

Cool Closing Event with Kool & The Gang: The 2024 conneXtion features a cool-as-ice closing event with renowned funk, R&B, and soul legends Kool & The Gang. The vibe includes all black and silver attire, an expansive dance floor, food and drink, and the exclusive chance for an in-real-life sing-along to “Celebration” and “Ladies’ Night” with the band that made those songs (and many more) party staples.

“Our agenda was crafted to maximize every opportunity for our members to leverage the powerful new showroom retrofits they are undergoing with Retail 2.0. There is something for everyone at conneXtion and members look forward to connecting with friends and gaining valuable knowledge to help keep them positioned ahead of their competition in a challenging retail landscape,” said Keith Spano, President of Flooring America, Flooring Canada, The Floor Trader, International Design Guild, and NISI. “We will also spend time together diving deep into our proprietary digital marketing tools, hear from industry experts, learn ways our members can diversify and streamline their business, and see exclusive new products. Kicking off the new year with our members is always inspiring, and we can’t wait to see everyone in Dallas this January.”

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About CCA Global Partners Retail Group
The flooring divisions of Carpet One Floor & Home, Flooring America, Flooring Canada, the International Design Group, and The Floor Trader comprise CCA Global Partners Retail Group. With 1200 retail locations, CCA Global Partners Retail Group provides merchandising, buying, marketing, digital advertising, training, and retail tools to independent retailers across the U.S. and Canada. CCA Global Partners Retail Group is headquartered in Manchester, NH.

IDG HOSTS SUMMIT 2023 UNITED BY DESIGN IN LAS VEGAS

January 29, 2023

IDG Hosts Summit 2023 United By Design in Las Vegas January 29-31

MANCHESTER, NH (January 30, 2023) – International Design Guild (IDG) leaders and members will gather in Las Vegas today and tomorrow for “United By Design,” its yearly Summit focused on arming members with tools, knowledge, and products to continue to thrive in the current marketplace. Member-led discussions, ample networking opportunities, digital marketing, and business diversification highlight the annual meeting of CCA Global’s luxury showroom collective. 

Ahead of Summit 2023, IDG also announced its continued expansion with five new showrooms recently added to the membership collective. The members will be announced at Summit 2023. 

“This year’s theme, ‘United By Design,’ is infused throughout our agenda for our annual meeting. Our mission is for members to bring their collective wisdom and shared experiences to each other with a shared goal to improve the businesses and lives of our membership and the strength of our group,” said Keith Spano, President of Flooring America, Flooring Canada, IDG and The Floor Trader. “We’ll accomplish this by incorporating member-led panels and discussions to share best practices about issues that are top-of-mind for membership as they head into 2023, including diversifying business, hiring and staffing concerns, and keeping pace with digital marketing.” 

The team at IDG has planned a jam-packed agenda, including keynote speaker Economist Connor Lokar. Connor is the closest thing to a human crystal ball regarding economic insight and forecasting — in his role at ITR Economics, he has a 94.7% forecast accuracy. He specializes in the construction industry and will give attendees a better understanding of how to plan for the future with more confidence.  

Summit highlights will include: 

Business Diversification. A panel of IDG members will discuss how they’ve expanded their businesses through diversification, including design/build remodeling, kitchen, and bath, commercial, and window treatments.
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Digital Marketing. The increasing role of online presence and customer reviews for businesses will be examined, along with an overview of digital marketing services that are provided with IDG membership.

Staffing and Installation Solutions. Finding (and retaining) top sales associates, design team members, and installers continues to be one of the most challenging issues owners face in today’s work environment. Summit will share new solutions and resources available to members, including the appointment of an in-house installation consultant and a hiring and recruiting assistance program. 

Built-In Networking. Network and engagement are increasingly vital to membership, so Summit’s agenda is filled with built-in time for networking. 

In addition to one-on-one meetings, Connor Lokar, networking, and education sessions, the Summit features a closing event exclusively for members at Mandalay Bay. 

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About the International Design Guild 
 Our members are an elite group driven by inspiration and the desire to bring it home. Luxury market customers expect a personalized journey; we focus on making interior design ideas come to life through art, beauty, and creativity. Through our affiliation with the nation’s largest floor-covering buying group, our showrooms have become a premier resource for homeowners, interior designers, and architects who bring inspiration to life. For more information, please visit our About IDG Page

ALAN GREENBERG CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT RAISES $130,000 FOR FLOOR COVERING INDUSTRY FOUNDATION

September 22, 2022

The 20th annual Alan Greenberg Charity Golf Tournament benefiting the Floor Covering Industry Foundation took place yesterday the historic Barnsley Gardens in Georgia.  The event raised $130,000 for the Floor Covering Industry Foundation (FCIF.) 

Funds from the tournament support the foundation’s ongoing efforts to assist those who are currently, or have been, affiliated with the floor covering industry and are experiencing unanticipated hardships due to illness, disability, or other life-altering circumstances.

The organization helps families dealing with issues ranging from organ transplants, cancer treatments and other types of financial assistance to those who really need it, at a time in their life when they really need it. 

“Everyone was so happy to be back together in person for the tournament. We have an incredible community that really shows up for each other and turns out to give back,” said Charlie Dilks, Chief Product Officer at CCA Global Partners and Chairman of the FCIF Board. “We’re grateful for all who participated and donated to the cause. Our aim is always to raise much needed funds for the many who need help in our floor covering family, and this was a tremendous result.”  

Attended by business owners, vendors, manufacturers, distributors, and supporters from all over the nation, the tournament is a day of fellowship, friendship, and the opportunity for friendly competition, aimed at a common goal of goodwill. Their contributions to the FCIF – via participation in the tournament as well as event sponsorships –will assist the foundation at a time when it’s needed the most.To learn more about the tournament or to apply for aid, please visit www.FCIF.org.

CCA FOR SOCIAL GOOD AND THE CHILDREN’S CABINET LAUNCH AN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION ONLINE RESOURCE PLATFORM IN NEVADA

June 16, 2022

Innovative web-based knowledge hub for ECE professionals provides thousands of practical resources helping ECE providers save time, money and advance quality.

Manchester, NH – CCA For Social Good, an operating division of CCA Global Partners, and The Children’s Cabinet announce the launch of the virtual Nevada Strong Start Child Care Services Center (NevadaCCSC.org), an online platform focused on innovative solutions supporting early childhood educators. This investment will provide a wealth of solutions that will increase high-quality business practices, reduce costs to address financial challenges, and provide services to strengthen the recruitment and retention needs of the industry.

Sponsored by The Children’s Cabinet with funding from the Nevada Division of Welfare and Supportive Services, the virtual CCSC is available to all Nevada child care providers. This online platform will provide access to over 2,600 innovative and practical tools, handbooks, policies, and guidance on essential topics such as financial management, human resource supports, emergency preparedness, marketing, nutrition, health and safety, and more. Users will also have access to post open positions for their businesses on a statewide job board and popular sites such as Indeed and Google Jobs. 

“Here at The Children’s Cabinet, we recognize the importance of the early childhood education field and how it impacts our communities, families, and economy statewide. Partnering with CCA for Social Good and providing child care programs throughout the state of Nevada, these unique and wonderful tools will prove to be worth the resources it took to get here,” said Kim Young, Children’s Cabinet Chief Executive Officer. “We’re proud to have Nevada’s child care network be a part of this mission to help improve the lives of not only the families they serve but themselves as educators and leaders.” 

“We’re thrilled to welcome Nevada to our growing network of 34 states sponsoring a customized shared resources knowledge hub. More importantly, we are honored to be part of Nevada’s statewide strategy to strengthen the business of child care. As a result of our collaboration, the Nevada child care community has immediate access to an abundance of editable documents and resources to help with everyday administrative and operational needs related to operating a high quality child care business,” said Denise Sayer, Vice President of CCA for Social Good. “As we continue to work closely with The Children’s Cabinet, we understand the importance of a stable, strong child care community and its direct impact on economic stability within communities. That is why our priorities will continue to support operational practices that strengthen fiscal sustainability, staff recruitment, retention, and wellbeing and other administrative practices. I am excited about our work supporting The Children’s Cabinet and look forward to the success of NevadaCCSC.org in supporting child care directors, teaching staff, technical assistance specialists, and others working to stabilize the business of high quality child care.”

The site can be accessed by visiting www.NevadaCCSC.org. Interested parties in Nevada can fill out a New Member Request form by clicking on “Interested in Learning More?” upon visiting the site. Eligibility will be determined by The Children’s Cabinet after completion of the pilot program.

For more information about CCA For Social Good and ECE Shared Resources, please contact Denise Sayer at 603-626-2121.

For more information about The Children’s Cabinet, please contact Mary Buchmann (775) 240-1484.

About CCA For Social Good
CCA For Social Good is an operating division of CCA Global Partners, a privately held cooperative that has supported small businesses for over 30 years. CCA For Social Good provides web-based platforms that help thousands of nonprofit organizations and early childhood education (ECE) centers manage the administrative aspect of their organizations. The platforms (integrated password-protected websites) deliver a set of powerful tools and shared resources resulting in more efficient and successful operations. CCA For Social Good puts time and money back in the hands of directors and managers of ECE programs, allowing them to focus where it matters most: on the children in their care. To view a sample platform, please visit www.ecesharedresources.com.

About The Children’s Cabinet
Established in Reno in 1985, The Children’s Cabinet exists to keep children safe and families together by offering services and resources that address unmet needs. The organization represents a unique and effective collaboration between the private sector and public agencies in Nevada. The Children’s Cabinet helps more than 11,000 families annually with a wide range of services:  basic needs, child care resources, education, and work experience programs, crisis intervention, and family counseling. As a non-profit agency, The Children’s Cabinet relies on community support to provide programs and services at no charge to children and their families.