updated, September 4, 2015
2014 is already in the past and what a fantastic year it was in the pet industry! If you haven't started planning for 2015, where you will be, what industry and consumer events you will go to, have a booth at and what will be best for your pet business or rescue - now is the time to start planning!
Before you know it, Global Pet Expo will be upon us - are you ready? Whether it's your first Global or your 11th, here are some industry events you must do this year:Greater Philadelphia Pet Expo - January 9 - 11, 2015. This is a consumer event that sees over 10,000 people through their doors over a 2.5 day period. Great way to get your pet business in front of pet owners. There may be a few vendor spots left for this show, go to www.FamilyPetShows.com for contact information.NAVC Conference 2015 - From January 17 to 21, 2015 the North American Veterinary Community will hold their annual conference in Orlando, Florida. For more information click here. Your Pet Blog Matters Workshop - As more and more pet businesses and rescues embark on blogging to build their brand and market themselves as experts on the web. This is going to be a tremendous event for newbies and seasoned pet bloggers. Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 2pm - 6pm in New York City. Limited space, RSVP by January 15, 2015 and save,click herefor more info and to RSVP.Lehigh Valley Pet Expo - This is a consumer event that sees nearly 10,000 people through their doors over a 2.5 day period (New this year Friday night has been added!). Great way to get your pet business in front of pet owners.You can find out more at www.FamilyPetShows.com.Dog Trainer Seminar & Mini Conference - Thursday, January 29, 2015 (Location in NY will TBA very soon!) Click here to find out more.Helen Woodward Animal Welfare Conference - The future of animal welfare this conference is dubbed the 'business of saving lives.' Being held in San Diego, California, February 5 - 7th, 2015. If you are in animal welfare or rescue this is the conference for you, see more here. Westminster - now if you are not familiar with the Westminster Kennel Club dog show and you're in the pet industry (regardless if you own a business or run a rescue group) - Westminster has become a meca of pet industry events for NYC. Events aside from the prestigous 2-day dog show, that are not only fun to attend - but great for networking and meeting many like minded individuals from around the world are:
There are more events happening around Westminster and this may be updated.
Global Pet Expo - Global is one of, if not the biggest industry trade show in the country. Last year's Global boasted 4 miles of trade show floor, increbible pet companies, celebrities, press from around, well the globe and so much more. Hosted by the APPA and PIDA - this is a must do event if you are a manufacturer or retail store looking to see the latest in new and innovative pet products. Global is held in Orlando, Florida from March 4-6, 2015. Find out more go to www.globalpetexpo.org. We covered this event last year and will see you there again this year! Long Island Pet Expo -This is a consumer event that sees over 10,000 people through their doors over a 2.5 day period. Great way to get your pet business in front of pet owners. You can find out more at www.FamilyPetShows.com. (We will be at this event! Look for the APP booth!) To see past pictures click here. Top2Top Conference - The 4th annual Top2Top conference for the pet industry is back in California this year at another gorgeous resort. This event brings together pet industry leaders from many different organizations discussing the state of the pet industry, laws and other important topics that can affect everyone in the industry. We attended the event last year, and I am looking forward to 2015. BlogPaws - This will be BlogPaws 7th annual pet blogging and social media conference. Taking place in Nashville, Tennessee from May 28 - 30, 2015 and boasting some impressive keynote speakers this year including Peter Shankman, you know who created HARO. I hope I can attend this year...we have covered the event two times before. AVMA Conference - Held this year in Boston, MA the American Veterinary Medical Association annual conference will take place from July 10 - 14, 2015. For more information click here. Best Friends Conference - The annual conference hosted by Best Friends Animal Society will be taking place this year at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. Held from July 16 - 19, 2015. For more info click here.
SuperZoo - This annual pet insdustry trade show takes place in Las Vegas every year. This year it will be held July 21 - 23, 2015. Another conference for retailers and you need to check out SuperZoo University while there too! For more information, click here.
Updated September 4, 2015 - last quarter+ a lot of conferences!
Pet Sitters International - Pet Sitter World conference takes place September 11- 14, 2015 in Mrytle Beach, South Carolina. For more info click here. Groom Expo at Hershey - Taking place September 17 - 20, 2015. From their website "Groom Expo is the world’s largest grooming show, welcoming thousands of pet professionals to the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, every September. Groom Expo hosts dozens of educational seminars, exciting grooming competitions, and a weekend packed with extra events to meet and mingle with fellow pet professionals." While APP has yet to be at Groom Expo, I have heard great things about the event. Click here for more info.Total Pet Expo - Total Pet Expo is not happening this year, but next year a new organization that has taken over will be hosting a show in Chicago in August 2016. Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference- Taking place in Atlantic City, NJ October 12 - October 15, 2015. Continued education courses for veterinarians and according to their website 'advances in the veterinary field, with the goal of obtaining Continuing Education Credits for license renewal, as well as creating business collaboration with the veterinary vendor community.' Learn more here.NYC Re-Tails and Sales Expo - Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 2pm - 8pm - www.RetailsandSalesPetExpo.com. Want to meet the makers of American Made pet products? This is the boutique event for you. To attend you must be a retailer, groomer, veterinarian, pet industry influencer or press. This is an intimate pet expo, limited to 20 vendors, right smack dab in the middle of New York City! APDT - Association of Pet Dog Trainers annual conference is taking place in Dallas, Texas this year from October 14 - 17, 2014. If you are a dog trainer or thinking about becoming a dog trainer this is a conference you need to be at! At the 2014 event in CT, there were 900 dog trainers there. It is a four day conference with many sessions and opportunities to learn, network and be among your dog training peers. For more info click here. PetFood 2.0 - If you are a pet food or treat manufactuer this conference is just for you. This is taking place for the 2nd year October 20 - 21, 2015 in downtown Chicago. You can find out more by clicking here. Purina - Purina's Better With Pets will be in it's 3rd year on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 in Brooklyn, NY. It is a fantastic event with pet industry speakers from around the country. It has limited seating and is not open to the public. Press, pet bloggers and industry influencers welcomed. (We have covered this event the past 2 years - and can't wait for this year!)BarkWorld - This social media and pet blogging conference is an great event and was recently aquired by i5Publishing. The event is happening this year November 5 - 7, 2016 as always in Atlanta, GA. Click here for more info. Aquatic Experience - According to their website, "From saltwater to freshwater with pond and aquatic animals, we have it all. Consumers and retailers are invited to join us for educational seminars and a thriving show floor filled with hobbyists from entry level to the most sophisticated aquarium keepers." Their show is taking place November 6 - 8, 2015 in downtown Chicago. You can find out more by clicking here. Pet Boarding & Daycare Expo - Hosted in Hershey, PA from November 9 - 12, 2015 - the Pet Boarding & Daycare expo specializes to pet professionals who are in pet boarding, daycare and pet sitting. You can learn more by clicking here. There are so many fantastic events and conferences for you to attend this year to promote your product, grow your business, be educated at, network and grow your contact list at! Get out there pet pros!