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Midwest Pawnbrokers Conference moves to Chicago area in 2011

The 20th Annual Midwest Pawnbrokers Conference & Convention will be held on May 13-15, 2011 at the Westin Hotel Chicago Northwest in Itasca, Illinois. This annual event moves around the Midwest each year giving pawnbrokers, future pawnbrokers, and like businesses an opportunity to learn about the pawn industry.


GIA’s Symposium 2011: Advancing the Science and Business of Gems

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) announced it will host Symposium 2011: Advancing the Science and Business of Gems, May 29-30, 2011 at its world headquarters in Carlsbad.

This event will also commemorate the 80th anniversary of GIA, which celebrates the Institute’s history and future of serving the public and trade through research, education, gemological laboratory services and instrument development.

David Liu named keynote speaker at SMART Jewelry Show

CEO of The Knot to deliver presentation on the Ultimate Retailer/Customer Relationship

(CHICAGO) - The creative mind behind The Knot Wedding Network, nationally recognized bridal marketing expert, David Liu, has dedicated an entire business to providing to-be-weds the ultimate customer experience. Liu, a man who found his niche, turned a start-up company into a multimillion-dollar operation and media leader in the wedding and lifestyle category. This year, INSTORE and INDESIGN are pleased to have him deliver the keynote speech at INSTORE’S The SMART Jewelry Show on April 2.

Alabama & Georgia Jewelers Associations announce education line-up for 2011 Convention

For the third consecutive year, the states of Alabama and Georgia will join together to hold a joint Convention. The 2011 annual Convention will take place March 25 - 27 at Lakepoint State Park Resort in Eufaula, Alabama. The resort re-opened just over a year ago following a $12 million dollar renovation which includes a state-of-the-art convention facility overlooking beautiful Lake Eufaula.

MJSA announces 2011 Vision Awards Design Competition

Association adds new category for custom designing retailers

(ATTLEBORO FALLS, Mass.) - The 20th annual MJSA Vision Awards Competition is now open to receive entries, according to Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America (MJSA), the U.S. trade association for jewelry makers, designers, and related suppliers. The awards celebrate outstanding talent in the field of jewelry design.

Prime Jewelry Group announces 2011 event dates

John Preziose, President of Prime Jewelry Group, announced that Prime will hold its 2011 buying event on Sunday, August 28 and Monday, August 29, 2011.

“We have very close relationships with our retail jeweler guests, and continually get feedback from them as well as our members,” stated Preziose. “Our 2010 event was the second highest grossing event in our nine-year history. The retailers came ready to sit down and conduct business – and that’s what exhibitors want most.”

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