ASID Presents Business Survival Techniques, Career Management Strategies and Career Exchange at NeoCon East Show

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ASID sponsors forums and networking at leading mid-Atlantic design conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 27, 2009) | The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) returns to the leading design exposition and conference for the mid-Atlantic region, NeoCon East, Oct. 29 – 30 at the Baltimore Convention Center. ASID presents two forums: Back to Work, Career Management in a Tough Market, and Survival Techniques for the Small Design Firm, and brings back the successful ASID Student Career Exchange and Portfolio Review. The ASID Maryland Chapter is also involved in the show and will host a booth to represent ASID and answer questions about membership.

“Design professionals, including myself, are focused on keeping our businesses afloat,” says Michael A. Thomas, FASID, CAPS, ASID President-elect and ASID forum speaker for NeoCon East. “I commend ASID for presenting offerings at NeoCon that focus on business opportunities and growth in these uncertain and challenging times.” 

The two-day conference organized by Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI) hosts 250 exhibitors, 30 CEU-accredited seminars and networking for the 8,000 design professionals in attendance. Tailored specifically to students, the ASID Career Exchange and Portfolio Review, being held Oct. 29 from 10:30 a.m. – noon, will connect designers with the leading architecture, design and manufacturing firms.

Detailed information about the ASID forums:

Back To Work: Career Management in A Tough Market
Presented by: Kenneth Roberts, CERS, of Interior Talent Inc., Industry Partner of ASID
Thurs., Oct. 29, 10 a.m. – noon

Looking for a job in this current economy is a different game. Do you have the tools you need to start an effective job search campaign? Whether you are unemployed, a recent graduate, or looking for a career change, this seminar is perfect for you. Now is the time to revisit how you’re making career choices and decisions. This session will help you manage your career, market yourself and identify the best process of investing resources to achieve your career goals.

Survival Techniques for the Small Design Firm
Presented by: Michael A. Thomas, FASID, CAPS, of the Design Collective Group
 Wed., Oct. 28, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

With home sales down, the credit crunch with the nation’s banking system added to the bust on Wall Street plus the crisis with the automotive manufacturers, it seems there are no easy fixes or short-term answers. As with most small businesses of every kind, there will continue to be difficulties in dealing with such issues as finding your next project and client since most of the marketplace has pulled back and taken a “wait and see” approach. Learn 10 techniques you can do now to help your business survive in these unsettling times but just as important, ensure that you are well positioned in the marketplace when better, more prosperous economic times return.

For more information about NeoCon East, go to

About ASID: The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people—designers, industry representatives, educators and students—committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Its more than 36,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.

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