A Learning Experience: Continuing to Learn your Business - BodyShop Business

A Learning Experience: Continuing to Learn your Business

What have you done lately to improve your business and management skills? What steps have you taken to learn more about your market and your industry? Let's not forget about your employees. What efforts have you made to see that your bodymen are proficient and that your painters are well-versed on the latest refinishing techniques?

The increasingly complex technologies needed to repair today’s vehicles require that a technician continue to “learn” his craft, even if he has decades of experience.

For the collision shop owner, the margin of error has all but disappeared, not only in the bays but also in the front office.

Today, the difficulty in making a profit demands that a shop owner have good business and management skills. One of the best places to acquire these skills is NACE.

The International Autobody Congress and Exhibition (NACE) is a once-a-year opportunity to expand your knowledge. Scheduled to be held Dec. 7-10 in Orlando, NACE is an event shop owners can’t afford to miss.

At NACE you will:

  • Hear the industry’s most knowledgeable members discuss the latest repair and management techniques.
  • Get a first-hand look at the newest products and services on the market.
  • Meet with leading manufacturers and suppliers.
  • Talk to successful shop owners from around the country.
  • Acquire the techniques to become a more skilled technician.
  • Obtain the knowledge to make you a better businessperson.

In short, by attending NACE, you will learn.

For those people who don’t attend seminars or trade shows because they’ve been in this business so long they think there’s nothing these events can teach them, it’s time to think again. Years in business don’t necessarily measure ability. As the adage goes, you can have 20 years of experience or one year of experience 20 times.

When a businessperson stops keeping up with his profession, he starts losing out – losing out on customers and profits. The best way to stay ahead in your business is to stayed informed, and NACE can help you do just that.

People who maintain their business’ success continually improve themselves and increase their knowledge. They are the ones who never stop learning all they can about their profession.

See you at NACE.

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Two scholarships will be awarded to students pursuing a collision career.

The ASE Education Foundation announced that the deadline to apply for the Michael Busch Memorial Scholarships is March 31. Presented by the foundation, two scholarships will be awarded for the 2024-25 academic year to students pursuing a career in the collision industry.

Qualified applicants should be graduating high school seniors or have graduated from high school or received a GED certificate. In addition, applicants should be enrolled or planning to enroll as a full-time student in a two- or four-year college or university or in an ASE-accredited post-secondary collision repair program.

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