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Connecting at Creativation

By Mark Hayhurst 04 Oct 2017

The creative industry is a diverse marketplace of manufacturers, retailers and creative professionals of different categories and sizes.

Whether you’re a retailer, designer, blogger, maker, manufacturer or media professional, you share the common goal to be successful.

Rarely does success result from the efforts of one person. A key ingredient to success is networking. Through building relationships, you can find new leads, discover ideas, or get advice.

Creativation brings people together to share, learn and develop business. Taking place in January, it’s the ideal time to work toward your 2018 goals. Here are five must-attend Creativation networking opportunities:


Date: January 18, 2018

Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Location: The Park Bar

The Icebreaker Happy Hour is the foundation of your experience. This is where you’ll have the first interaction with individuals who you may or may not know. Bring plenty of business cards and think of casual conversations you can start.

If this will be your first time at Creativation, arrive to The Park Bar one hour earlier for the Welcome Session.


Date: January 19, 2018

Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Location: Phoenix Convention Center Lobby

The New Product Networking Event is where you can get an exclusive preview of new products before the tradeshow floor opens. Meet the manufacturers who created these products, have productive business discussions, and plan which booths to visit when the show floor opens the following morning.


Dates: January 20-22, 2018

Time: Tradeshow open hours

Location: Tradeshow floor

Are you looking to reach and engage emerging businesses? Stop by the Innovations Center and discover 25 groundbreaking ideas and products through hands-on and interactive displays.

If you are an entrepreneur, you could be selected to showcase your innovation in the space. Visit for complete details; the deadline to submit your innovation is October 31.


Dates: January 20-22, 2018

Time: Tradeshow open hours

Location: Tradeshow floor

Learn how to grow and evolve your business through iDiscover Chats, which are short and inspirational talks on a variety of business topics. Chat with your peers who sit nearby. Ask them what they do and what they’re seeking to learn from the speakers.


Date: January 21, 2018

Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Location: The Duce

Save some energy for The After Party where you can enjoy the local Phoenix cuisine and great music with your new connections. This may be your final touchpoint with them, so leave a good

impression and let them know you’ll follow up with them when you’re back in the office.

Plan your Creativation experience and register at

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