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2017 Calendar of Events
Looking forward to the next season, which will be our 23rd year in business (since 1994)
http://www.paintballpa.com/events.html has all the events
If you are serious about the business of paintball, this is the show you can't miss. This tradeshow is for field, and store owners and staff only. Unlike a paintball show at World Cup (endless dry firing, none of that happens here), this is were the business of paintball is conducted. This is B2B.
This years event is near Washington DC, at the Hyatt Regency Dulles, with free airport shuttle service. This is the location of the last 3 events too.
The exhibitors list will be released shortly, but generally all the big names are there and lots of new products and services. Food, Haunt, techicial, management birthday classes too.
The Industry luncheon has grown and is great to give feedback to the manufactures.
I attended the 1st one in 2005 in Springfield Il, and have attended most of the others, including Atlanta GE, and Anahiem CA. The Washington DC location allows 60% of the USA population to be within 10 hour drive to DC, plus the location allows the vendors to be able to pay less to attend, unlike the big centers like Las Vegas, Chicago, and such with unload fees doubling the price of a booth.
Here are some pictures from the Feb. 21-25, 2016 Paintball Extravaganza. I had Robbie Gage come with me. Robbie ran around the tradeshow trying to look at everything, which takes me 2 days, but he did the first run through in a hour, but he needed to come back and get some details. Seeing old friends always is amazing. The tradeshow runs 2 1/2 days (Tuesday - Thursday Noonish). The welcome party Tuesday night is always fun. The bar/lounge has many stories and good information sharing all week. Wednesday is the Industry Luncheon, which is not to be missed. There is a little Sandwich Shop next door (just ask anybody and they will point your way over there, as it's kind of hidden away), that has great food during the morning and day, for very reasonable prices. And on Thursday you must be present to win the door prizes. In Anaheim CA, I was number 13 drawn from the drum, and everybody before me left and missed it. Around $3,000 worth of merchandise was my prize. Paid for the trip. I won a small prize in Washington DC, at the Convention Center, which was nice too. The tour of Pev's Paintball on Friday is always good, I've been there 3 times and I always learn something new each time. Washington DC is built for tourists, so there is lots to see and do, if you stay a day or 2 longer. Lots of Museums, I love the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center | National Air and Space Museum at the airport. We also had supper in Chinatown, that was fantastic.
Day 1 - Tradeshow and Evening Welcome Party
Day 2 - Birthday Classes and Industry Luncheon
Day 3 - Friends Day, Classes and Waiting for the Winner (must be present) of the massive door prizes (I've won 2)
Day 4 - Tour of Pev's Paintball - awesome field and store http://pevspaintball.com/
Day 5 - Toured the Washington DC Mall with Robbie
A Pittance of Time by Terry Kelly
From the Legions website http://www.legion.ca/media/a-pittance-of-time/
"About the Song. On November 11, 1999 Terry Kelly was in a Shoppers Drug Mart store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At 10:55 AM an announcement came over the store’s PA asking customers who would still be on the premises at 11:00 AM to give two minutes of silence in respect to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for us.
Terry was impressed with the store’s leadership role in adopting the Legion’s “two minutes of silence” initiative. He felt that the store’s contribution of educating the public to the importance of remembering was commendable.
When eleven o’clock arrived on that day, an announcement was again made asking for the “two minutes of silence” to commence. All customers, with the exception of a man who was accompanied by his young child, showed their respect.
Terry’s anger towards the father for trying to engage the store’s clerk in conversation and for setting a bad example for his child was later channeled into a beautiful piece of work called, “A Pittance of Time”. Terry later recorded “A Pittance of Time” and included it on his full-length music CD, “The Power of the Dream”.
In the interest of creating a greater awareness of the sacrifices that have been made and are still being made on our behalf, “A Pittance of Time” has been adapted to the French language and titled “C’est si peu de temps”. Music videos for both audio tracks were also produced in support of the campaign."
Highway of Heros
"Highway of Heroes", was co-written and co-produced by The Trews and Gordie Johnson (Big Sugar) and was inspired by the 2006 death of Captain Nichola Goddard from The Trews' hometown of Antigonish, NS. Canada's Highway of Heroes, is the section of the MacDonald-Cartier freeway named to honour those who have sacrificed all in service of country.
Start a Blog
I've taken many website webinars, classes, workshops and seminars and they all said, "Start a blog." I do like sharing many articles on my Facebook pages, so I though why not start a Paintball Paradise Prince Albert Small / Local Business blog. I seem to find many useful articles and learn many new things daily.
I just took a free webinar Nov. 9, 2016, on "How to get on the first page of Google" from www.bizlaunch.com Bizlaunch does almost weekly free webinars, in exchange for your email address, which is how bizlaunch makes money. The webinar on "first page of Google" was quite interesting, and the guest presenter was from a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) company that started doing things all wrong "Black Hat". He did make a lot of money, but Google changed and all his business disappeared too. So now he does only White Hat SEO. Here's some of what I learned in 50 minutes.
91.5% of people don't look past the 1st page of a Google search, 4.8% for 2nd page, 1.1% for 3rd, and only 0.4% will go to a 4th page of a Google search. So if you are not on the 1st page, you are missing most people.
Google in 2015, started boosting ranks of websites, because they are mobile friendly, so get a mobile freindly website. Local Google Maps is extremely important for searchs. Make sure you have claimed your business on Google.
There were a bunch of great links on Competition Analysis like www.ahefs.com, Backlinkwatch.com, SEMRush.com , and Google Keyword Planner. All of these things are free. Also free are Google Analytics, Google Webmaster Tools, Google Speed Test, Copyscape (you don't want your copy stolen, and google frowns on you steal others too).
His top things to help your own SEO were, start a blog, get a Google My Business signed up, get local citations (YP, Yelp and such), do press releases, guest posts, and use sponsorships to get good backlinks for your webpage.
He didn't mention that Google also looks at how long a webpage has been online to help SEO and page rank, so get on sooner than later.
George Lewko PAg, is a Professional Agrologist, with a certificate in Forensic Agrology. He grew up on his farm, and started Paintball Paradise Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1994. A combine accident left him with only his thumb on his right hand in 1997.