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Paragon School of Grooming Teams Up with Pet Connections Expo

Free educational offerings include Adding Grooming Services, Hiring, and Training Groomers

Pet Connections Expo & Paragon Pet School announced today that they will be partnering for the Pet Connections Expo 2019 show, October 15-16 in NJ. The expo sets itself apart by providing free education exclusively for pet retailers to grow their business and be able to compete with the larger retailers and online pet stores. Paragon will serve as the educational partner, with a free seminar by Paragon VP Joe Zuccarello, floor sessions plus a VIP coffee chat.

“We were thrilled to get the call from Pet Connections Expo, inviting Paragon to be the exclusive pet grooming education partner at this year’s event! We will have lots of opportunities at the event to meet retailers and show them this solution first hand,” says Joe Zuccarello, Vice President of Paragon and Host of “Hey Joe!” a podcast created by pet professionals for pet professionals.

Joe Zuccarello will be delivering a presentation on Tuesday morning entitled Build Your Retail Business by Finding and Keeping Good Groomers. In addition to this mainstage presentation, Paragon will be delivering sessions for retailers from their booth on the show floor throughout the two days of the show. These topics include:

  • Getting the Most Profit Out of Your Grooming Service
  • How Do I Find Groomers
  • Creating a Culture Employees Don’t Want to Leave
  • How to Make Grooming Services and Retail Work Together
  • Customer Experience Factor – Beyond the Product

 

Bill Doherty, Pet Connections Expo Show Director states, “We are excited to be working with Paragon on these educational offerings that are very important for independent retailers to stand out from their competition and gain market share. In addition, all retailers that register for Pet Connections Expo will receive a voucher to use towards Paragon’s Distance Learning Program.”

In addition to the sessions at the show, Paragon will also be holding a VIP Coffee Chat on Wednesday morning before the Retailer Boot Camp kicks off. This will be an informal discussion with a limited number of retailers that will address the realities of grooming services. Representatives from Paragon will share first-hand experiences and stories of retailers who have successfully planned, launched, and grown their grooming businesses and how they did it. This VIP Coffee Chat is limited to only fifteen retailers so it is recommended to register early.

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About Paragon School of Grooming

Paragon School of Pet Grooming sets the bar when it comes to excellence in pet grooming education. While Paragon has served thousands of On-Campus students in the last 30 years, our new approach called the Distance Learning Program captures the on-campus experience and delivers it to students all across the world. Blending technology, a proven curriculum, and support by world-class mentors, more students are graduating and starting their careers than ever before. This program is especially attractive to pet supply retailers who are looking to bolster their grooming services offering, but who continue to struggle with finding groomers and managing their salons.

 

About Pet Connections Expo

In its third year, Pet Connections Expo is a trade-only event for pet professionals, offering free, educational sessions that help independent retailers compete with the larger brick and mortars, as well as the online giants. Buyers and suppliers from around the country attend to buy and sell products, just in time for the holiday rush, network with partners, pitch and exchange ideas, and so much more. For more information, visit www.petconexpo.com, https://twitter.com/PetConExpo, and https://www.facebook.com/Petconexpo.

 

About ICDevents
International Conference Development, LLC (ICDevents) produces high-quality conferences and tradeshows in a broad range of industries. Utilizing intensive, detailed market research, ICDevents creates targeted events designed to encourage companies to send their entire teams to problem-solve, network, and brainstorm with other industry leaders, consultants, and suppliers. To learn more, visit www.ICDevents.com.

 


Studio Packages for Professional Development

Is your Salon short staffed? If you’re having trouble finding the right personnel in this job market, consider training a suitable but inexperienced candidate instead of competing with the ‘big dogs’ for highly trained talent. Paragon offers discounted package tuition suited to growing studios for comprehensive training of bathers, groomers and stylists.

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Complete Cat Groomer Training @ The National Cat Groomers Institute

The National Cat Groomers Institute is an international organization providing membership, training, products and certification for professional cat groomers. Founded in 2007 by Danelle German, the NCGI is dedicated to educating both groomers and cat owners on the special grooming needs of cats. This includes safe and efficient handling techniques, a complete knowledge of feline temperaments, breeds and personalities, correct color terminology, common health issues, and safety, and the ability to provide high-quality grooming services to cats of a variety of temperaments.

The heart of the NCGI’s cat grooming training program is called the “Complete Cat Groomer Training Syllabus.” It is a 10-week distance learning program that can be completed from anywhere! Included are books, DVDs and a series of online courses with video tutorials, lectures, articles, and more. Also included in the program is access to a private Facebook group where you join other students, NCGI staff, and instructors as you are guided through the 10-week program with Q&As, additional videos, experience sharing, and more.

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PETCPR+ Certification Course

Our program is based on the most current method of animal CPR called the RECOVER Initiative which was developed by emergency veterinarians. This class is designed to teach the participant how to administer emergency CPR and first aid to an animal until veterinary care is ascertained.

This course covers many aspects of handling emergency situations involving dogs and cats including how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Participants will learn how to safely restrain and transport dogs and cats that have been injured, manage common medical emergencies and perform CPR. This training is highly necessary for veterinary and animal professionals as well as pet owners who want to be prepared in the event of life-threatening situation with animals in their care. Read the rest of this entry »


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