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Associations Focus: CEDIA Looks Toward 2009 Management Conference

Oct 1, 2008 12:00 PM

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What does your future hold? What can you do to take action during this economic downturn? Mark your calendar now for CEDIA's Management Conference 2009, March 4-7, 2009, at Carefree Resort & Villas in Carefree, Ariz.

CEDIA Management Conference is your resource to build a better business. Don't take the wait-and-see approach, because it might be too late!

At the conference, you can learn tools and tips such as:

  • Real business solutions to your everyday challenges
  • Peer-to-peer networking and problem solving
  • How to prepare for growth or decline in sales with simple strategic planning
  • Marketing tools to brand and promote your business, no matter what size
  • Increased sales opportunities with service maintenance agreements, design/build professional outreach programs, and more
  • Visionary presenters that will inspire and motivate you into fifth gear.

CEDIA Management Conference is specifically targeted for business owners and upper-level management. Whether you have previously attended or it's your first time, you'll gain tools that will help you stay focused, motivated, and equipped to handle challenges in your business.

Online registration opens Nov. 6. Early-bird registration ends Feb. 4, 2009. For more information, visit



CEDIA's first feature issue of Electronic Lifestyles magazine is now available.

CEDIA member companies will receive a complimentary copy by mail. Be sure to get additional copies for your clients and industry partners. Additional issues will be available for purchase at Have questions? Email or download the media kit at


CEDIA's 2008 Benchmarking Survey was a great success, allowing participating members unprecedented access to data points that will help improve their business planning. More than 10 percent of eligible members responded, producing stronger results than ever before. Benchmarking is the process of determining the practices that produce a superior company. By identifying how others perform tasks or meet objectives, companies can gain insight they may not otherwise have access to.

CEDIA conducted its third-annual Benchmarking Survey in 2008, and all electronic systems contractor members in the United States and Canada were encouraged to participate. The results provide references that can be used to evaluate business operations, helping CEDIA analyze its membership, helping members strengthen their companies, and contributing to define the industry as a viable and distinct field.

Brand Ubiquity, an independent consulting services firm, conducts all facets of the survey. CEDIA staff does not have access to the information at any time. CEDIA receives only a summary of the findings.

In 2008, participants received great benefits, including full survey results (available only to participants), free education, and savings on membership renewal. Interested in participating next year? Stay tuned to for details on the 2009 survey.

Have questions? Contact Erica Shonkwiler at (800) 669-5329 or

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