Frequently Asked Questions
This is my first NARTS meeting and I don't know anyone. What if no one talks to me?
You will not be the only 1st time attendee—it's not unusual for half the group to be new to a NARTS meeting. However, no one is a wallflower at a NARTS meeting. Trust us, you'll make friends before breakfast is over. It's amazing how fast your circle of friends will grow. All of a sudden you are not alone at the Seminar and as an added benefit you'll have a group of peers you can call after the meeting when you need some advice or a little support. NARTS members and meeting attendees are the friendliest, most sharing group of people we've ever encountered!
How can I get the most out of the Seminar?
Network, network, network! Don't hide... introduce yourself to as many people as possible. If you are attending the meeting with others from your shop or your local resale peers, don't get in the habit of always sitting with them. Be open to meeting new people. Switch tables at meals so you are sitting with someone you don't know... you'll meet some really great colleagues. Remember to bring plenty of business cards to exchange with your peers.
What should I wear?
Weather: The temperature in the Columbia area in November averages from the low 70's to the low 50's.
REMINDER: Meeting rooms are always cool, so PLEASE bring a sweater and/or jacket to assure your comfort!
What else should I pack?
♦ Business cards... to exchange with your peers.
♦ Extra tote bag or suitcase... so you can pack all the papers and goodies you accumulated during the meeting and resale shop bus tour.
What is the Networking Break?
We will have networking time and refreshments.
When do I get my name badge?
Registration will be held at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown Columbia at USC on Sunday, November 4th from 9 to 10 AM. All name badges must be picked up on-site during registration. Badges will not be mailed in advance. Each registered attendee must pick up their own badge. Be sure to have a valid photo ID available at registration.
Will we be able to visit local resale shops?
There is an optional resale shop bus tour of NARTS member stores in the Columbia area on Monday, November 6th. You must register for the bus tour in order to participate.
Why should I stay at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown Columbia at USC?
The Fall Seminar will be held at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown Columbia at USC. Networking, learning, sharing and friendship with your peers doesn't start or end at the Seminar. Staying at the meeting hotel is the best part of the Seminar experience. It is also very convenient. The hotel not only offers great amenities, discounted rates and the best networking opportunities, but staying within NARTS room block will help us meet our obligation to the hotel and avoid penalties. Lastly, you won't find a nicer hotel in the area at the discounted room rates NARTS has negotiated for this meeting.