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BizCons

BizCons focus on bringing our members immense value and business connections via exhibits that feature the latest building products, expert-led educational seminars, and fun networking opportunities...all while featuring fresh, new agendas and exciting elements.

Both of these Midwest, regional events provide a convenient ‘one-stop shop’ venue where dealers and suppliers can meet face-to-face to discuss the latest industry products and developments, learn the tools needed to improve productivity and increase profits, receive important industry updates, and form new partnerships…all packaged in an efficient format to decrease the time away from your businesses!

For general event or exhibiting questions, reach out to Jodie Fleck, CMP at jodie@bldconnection.org or (763) 595-4058.

Expo North 2020 Show Floor

2024 BLD Connection BizCon North & South Recap

The BLD Connection BizCons, recently held this past February, were a resounding success, drawing together LBM professionals, enthusiasts, and industry leaders from throughout the Midwest. Both events showcased new products, groundbreaking ideas, and thought-provoking discussions aimed at shaping the future success of lumber dealers and their businesses throughout the region.

BizCon North 2024

February 6-7, 2024 - Bloomington, Minnesota

  • 70 Exhibiting Companies and 77 booths
  • 50 Lumber Yard Companies
  • 194 Booth Representatives
  • 128 Lumber Yard Individuals & Guests
  • 14 Staff & Speakers
  • 336 Total People
BizCon South 2024

February 21-22, 2024 - Altoona, Iowa

  • 57 Exhibiting Companies and 62 booths
  • 45 Lumber Yard Companies
  • 136 Booth Representatives
  • 134 Lumber Yard Individuals & Guests
  • 3 School instructors/ (+ 29 students)
  • 11 Staff & Speakers
  • 284 Total People (+ 29 students)

Keynote Speakers: The events kicked off and closed with inspiring keynote speeches from industry visionaries and motivators. Among them were:

  • Opening Session at North - Joe Schmit, award winning broadcaster and Emmy-winner, Joe discussed how to become more aware and intentional with the impact we all have on each other to better your company culture and your own personal growth.
  • Closing Session at North – Matt Saunders, of John Burns Research & Consulting, discussed the short and long-term outlook for the new construction and remodeling markets.
  • Opening Session at South – Kendall Gammon, a 15-year NFL veteran led a discussion on fostering unity and ratifying internal cultures within organizations, especially in times marked by change and uncertainty.
  • Closing Session at South – Grant Farnsworth, president of The Farnsworth Group, closed out the event with a dialogue about supply and demand fundamentals for everyone in the LBM industry, including customer attitudes and what suppliers must deliver to “win”.

Educational Seminars:

  • Sales Session at Noth & South – Mike McDole captivated the audience at both events as he dove deep into finding, researching and successfully communicating with prospects to increase sales in their business.
  • Solutions Room at North & South – A new concept at both events, this seminar provided attendees with the opportunity to rotate between 5-6 different “expert” tables on a variety of topics to better run their businesses, including marketing, safety, leadership and culture, financials, succession planning and lean operations.

Exhibits: Attendees had the opportunity to experience firsthand the latest building material products and advancements through interactive exhibits and demonstrations in the exhibit hall.

Networking Opportunities: The BizCons provided ample networking opportunities for attendees to connect with like-minded individuals, forge new partnerships, and exchange ideas. From coffee breaks to building charity kits to evening receptions, the event buzzed with energy as participants engaged in lively discussions and shared their passion for the LBM industry.

Conclusion: As the BizCons drew to a close, participants left inspired and invigorated, armed with new insights, connections, inspiration, and ideas to drive their businesses and careers forward. Plans are currently underway for the 2025 & 2026 BizCons and dates/locations will be shared soon!

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