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The SJG Smart Business Report - Viva Las Vegas!


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The heat you’re beginning to feel isn’t just the tease of summer that’s waiting around the corner. That, my friend, is the breath of Las Vegas, summoning us all to the annual “Vegas Market Madness” ritual that takes place this year between Memorial Day and June 4, with no fewer than 8 shows, many running simultaneously, and all working hard to get you to step onto their show floor for a visit.

This year, I invite you to step away from the madness of the busy trade show floor and retreat into a quiet oasis of calm, where a small group of vendors, dedicated to providing you with all the tools you need to help you succeed in business, will be ready and waiting to help you take your business to the next level.

It’s my pleasure to introduce you to the Las Vegas Working Group. We’ve carefully cultivated six, hand-picked industry service providers and created a setting designed to give you the ultimate Vegas Market Week show experience. Our concierge-style event includes lots of amenities designed to make each client/vendor interaction count, and once you’ve experienced our event, you’ll wish every vendor meeting could be this easy and enjoyable. 

So who are these six special vendors, and why is our event at the top of the list of “can’t miss” opportunities during Vegas Market week? Simply put, it’s all about your bottom line. From showcases to custom design services and everything in between, you’ll find the team and the tools you’ll need to raise your profile and your profits in 2018.

Have you met Stephen Lott from Heritage Appraisers yet? If not, and you do any amount of appraisal work in your store at all, he’s the man you want to see. Stephen’s company, Heritage Appraisers, Inc. is an independent appraisal company built on a foundation of 30 years’ experience in the jewelry industry. Not only is Heritage Appraisers the largest jewelry appraisal company in the US that provides high quality, professional, in-store, jewelry appraisals while you wait, they also have exclusive programs and services designed to help you get and keep the competitive edge in our ever changing industry.

Want to cash in on the custom design craze? Anish Desai of Star Gems, Inc., should be on the top of your list. Star Gems, Inc., is your source for simple solutions that help you create and fulfill custom jewelry design requests. Star Gems, Inc., provides end-to-end customer support, timely price quotes and no CAD design fees for all your custom design needs.  Bring the power and profit of custom design services into your store today with Star Gems, Inc.

Credit Card processing and in-store financing are always a big issue for retailers. Have a question about costly and confusing credit card processing fees? Looking for an alternative source on financing that can help you reach a larger customer base? Joe Radest of One Step Technologies has created a highly specialized business that focuses on the jewelry industry from retail to the supply chain. Whether you operate a traditional storefront, sell online, at trade shows or through mobile transactions, you’ll definitely want to connect with Joe.


Have you considered customizing your retail messages to reflect holidays, events and themes that your customers can identify with, but aren’t sure where to begin? Schedule a meeting with Heidi Kaufmann, CEO of TK Enterprises, and let her show you how you can bring the power of TK Enterprises to your next event! TK Enterprises event marketing, appointment setting and cold calling services connect you directly with your customers to maximize traffic and sales for all of your in-store events. The TK Enterprises suite of specialized services provides you with no hassle, pre-show appointment setting, and allows your sales people the freedom to focus exclusively on your customers and create the ultimate in-store event experience.

Thinking about refreshing your stores interior design, or considering an expansion to a new location? Ron Gay, President and CEO of YCC, Ltd is ready to be “Your Partner in Jewelry Store Design.” From initial design to the final finishing touches, the YCC, Ltd process is a collaborative one. At every turn, Ron and his team will work directly for and with you to coordinate all aspects of your store refresh or new store design. Rest assured that at all times YCC, Ltd strives to transform your unique vision into a functional and profitable showplace. For a more than a quarter century, YCC, Ltd has been creating a solid reputation among independent jewelry store owners. Set an appointment to talk with Ron and put your next jewelry store project into the capable hands of YCC, Ltd.

Since 1985, Jewelry Computer Systems, Inc., has been providing the platform and software retail jewelers need every single day. If you’re interested in upgrading your current software system, you’ll want to make sure to meet with Craig Carnevale and make sure he introduces you to the new services and technologies Jewelry Computer Systems, Inc., is offering. You’ll find a wide variety of applications available, including inventory management applications, an integrated POS/credit card processing system, and even text-based review requests, designed to help you harness the power of positive reviews for your business.

Come experience the products and services you need, presented by vendors who are all about helping you create better business every day. Book your appointment with any of our Las Vegas Working Group members and enjoy the ultimate show experience! E-mail me today at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call me at 504-615-1191.

Ann Glynn is President and CEO of Southern Jewelers Guild, an organization dedicated helping jewelers, vendors and industry-related tradespeople identify their target market, create and grow a client base, pair you with vendor partners who provide tools to help you succeed, and work with you to make sure you are operating at optimal performance. She’d love to hear your comments on this subject! Contact Ann at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 504-615-1191.