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BTA Mid-America to Host 'Gateway to Success' Event May 3-4 in St. Louis, Mo.

6 Apr, 2011

BTA Mid-America to Host 'Gateway to Success' Event May 3-4 in St. Louis, Mo.

Kansas City, Mo (April 6, 2011) - The Mid-America district of the Business Technology Association will host "Gateway to Success," May 3-4, 2011, in St. Louis, Mo. Featuring five compelling education sessions, the opportunity to learn about the products and services of 24 exhibiting sponsors and plenty of networking opportunities, the event will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis.

The scheduling of this event was inspired by the great success of a similar event held in the BTA East district event in recent years and the long-time success of BTA Southeast events hosted each year for many years. 2011 is on track to be a banner year for BTA as it launches not only the Mid-America event, but a new event in BTA West as well, scheduled for Nov. 17-18 in Las Vegas.

Gateway to Success begins at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, with a keynote session to be presented by Ed McLaughlin, president of Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America — "On the Horizon: Possible Changes in the Office Technology Industry." McLaughlin sees several important industry changes on the horizon that could lead to new opportunities for dealers. In this session, he will provide a look at what he sees as the ideal strategies for independent dealers seeking to grow their businesses in the months and years ahead.

Following the keynote session, an opening cocktail reception will take place, providing attendees the opportunity to network with fellow dealers and visit with exhibiting sponsors. The reception is being sponsored by Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc.

At 8 a.m. on Thursday, May 4, following a continental breakfast sponsored by GreatAmerica Leasing Corp., attendees will have the opportunity to hear a succession of four education sessions: "Twenty Traits of the Successful Dealership," presented by Bob Goldberg, BTA general counsel; "Prospecting Stats: What 'Good' Looks Like," presented by Kate Kingston, Kingston Training Group; "Building & Maximizing the Impact of Your Solutions Team," presented by Mitch Morgan, Growth Achievement Partners; and "Service Productivity, Efficiency & Effectiveness," presented by Mike Woodard, Strategy Development. There will be several extended breaks to visit with exhibitors. The day's lunch is being sponsored by Micro Solutions Enterprises (MSE).

That evening, attendees will walk over to Busch Stadium to watch the Florida Marlins take on the St. Louis Cardinals from the vantage point of a private suite with plenty of free food and drinks. The evening is being co-sponsored by Equipment Data Associates (EDA).

The exhibiting sponsors for "Gateway to Success" are: Color Imaging, Crawford Thomas, Densi, Digitek Computer Products, DocuWare, ECi Software Solutions, Electronic Systems Protection (ESP), emFAST, Epson, Equipment Data Associates (EDA), FMAudit, GreatAmerica Leasing, Hytec Dealer Services, Image Star, InkCycle, Kyocera Mita America, LEAF Financial Corp., Micro Solutions Enterprises (MSE), SalesChain, Square 9 Softworks, Strategy Development, Supplies Network, Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. and West Point Products.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy the 24-hour, 75,000-square-foot Lumière Place Casino, adjacent to the Four Seasons Hotel. The Gateway Arch is located nearby.

Dealer attendees of the BTA Mid-America event will have the chance to enter the BTA District Event Sweepstakes for a chance to win cash prizes of $1,000, $750 or $250. For details, visit www.bta.org/Sweepstakes.  For more information on Gateway to Success, call BTA at (800) 843-5059 or visit www.bta.org/BTAMidAmericaEvent.

Founded in 1926, the Business Technology Association serves office technology dealerships, manufacturers, distributors and service companies. Its core members — office technology dealerships — sell and service hardware, software and supplies with the goal of helping businesses to be more efficient and save money. Through the association's various educational programs, information, research, legal services, publications and guidance, BTA member dealerships are positioned to be the premier source of the office technology used by businesses throughout the United States every day.  For more information on BTA, visit www.bta.org. You may also write to: Business Technology Association, 12411 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64145.

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