Industry Resources During the Pandemic

For the 1st time in history, the largest woodworking trade show has been canceled.  In case you missed it, IWF 2020 (the International Woodworking Fair) held bi-yearly in Atlanta, GA has succumbed to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Originally slated for August 25-28, IWF had more than 955 contracted exhibitors and was the place to see and be seen in the woodworking industry.  IWF’s website states:

“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt our lives and enterprises, IWF 2020 and the Global woodworking industry it serves are not immune to such intrusion.  That inescapable reality lies at the heart of the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event.”

So, where does that leave the over 30,000 attendees and exhibitors that counted on IWF for networking, new product knowledge, targeted leads, competitor analysis and education?  The good news is the industry has answered the call and there are resources available at your fingertips via the internet.  The bad news is the time commitment it takes to research, prospect and break down info is high.  It requires a disciplined mind to set aside “Focus Time”, when running your day-to-day may occupy 99% of your brain power.

With this in mind, ACSP has curated some of the best industry resources below.  Having a contingency plan to keep you on track will help you from becoming stagnant and may even result in greater efficiencies, growth, and help you with a positive mindset.

PODCASTS:

Woodworking Network

Surface & Panel

WEBINARS:

https://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/events-contests/webcasts

TRADE SHOWS:

The Closet Summit is planned for October, 2020

https://www.closetsummit.com/

PUBLICATIONS:

Closets & Organized Storage

FDMC

Surface & Panel

Interiors & Sources

BLOGS:

Innovate Home

And of course, your ACSP resources at www.closets.org

ACSP is currently running a free 6-month trial that allows you access to many of our fabulous recources (hello FaceBook forum!) We run monthly webinars on crucial topics in the industry. Please reach out to crelyea@jbcutting.com to get your trial membership rolling. Also, these are by no means the end all be all of resources. What are your favorites? Please reach out via any of our social media channels, we’d love to hear where you’re seeking info when you need it!

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