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BodyShop Business has just announced that its 2011 BodyShop Business Conference & Trade Show – Strategies for Success will feature a unique Virtual Paint training station hosted by the Iowa Waste Reduction Center where repairers can see who’s got the right stuff when it comes to auto refinishing.

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BodyShop Business has just announced that its 2011 BodyShop Business Conference & Trade Show – Strategies for Success will feature a unique Virtual Paint training station hosted by the Iowa Waste Reduction Center where repairers can see who’s got the right stuff when it comes to auto refinishing.

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"This is sure to be a popular attraction on the show floor, and no doubt will be loads of fun for everyone to try out," said BodyShop Business Publisher Scott Shriber.

Registration is now open for the conference slated for Thursday, May 5, 2011, at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill., near Chicago. The event will offer a full day of educational seminars specifically tailored for collision repairers for $129, along with a trade show that’s absolutely free for collision repairers, educators and students to attend.

Participants must pre-register to attend both the conference seminars and free trade show.

Register to attend the free trade show here.


Register for the conference seminars for just $129 here.

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So far, two dozen companies have signed on to show off their latest products at the BodyShop Business Trade Show. Demonstrations, custom-painted cars and more activities will be featured on the show floor. 

The trade show will give repairers the unique opportunity to talk one-on-one with product manufacturers and suppliers in a way that’s often not possible at larger shows.

Companies sponsoring the trade show include: BASF, PPG, Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes and Transtar Autobody Technologies.

Other companies signed on to exhibit at the show include: Accudraft (SAIMA), Aeromotive,  Brooklyn Progressive Auto Paint Group, Col-Met Spray Booths, DuPont, Garmat, Global Finishing Solutions, Induction Innovations, Island Clean Air, Killer Tools, Light-Up Customs/Gator Glass, LKQ Corp., Matrix System Automotive Finishes, Mitchell, Pro Tools and SATA Spray Equipment.

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This year’s conference seminars boast an excellent lineup of topics and speakers, with a special focus on low-VOC/waterborne coatings, environmental compliance and information to run your business better and boost your bottom line.

Seminars and speakers include:

• Your Legal Rights: Erica Eversman, JD, Vehicle Information Services
• Lean Concepts: John Sweigart, direction leader of The Body Shop @ and BSB contributing editor
• Demystifying 6H: Erin Conley, Illinois Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP)
• Social Media and Search Engine Optimization: Mark Claypool, Optima Worldwide
• Waterborne/Low-VOC Panel Discussion moderated by Mark Clark, Professional PBE Systems
• Waterborne/Low-VOC Training: Jeff Poole, I-CAR Performance and Training Coordinator
• Insurer Relations: Dan Risley, staff claim analyst, Allstate
• Low-VOC 101 – How Did We Get Here?: Mark Clark, Professional PBE Systems
• Environmental Compliance: Dan Heinen, Illinois OSHA

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More information:

Register to attend the free trade show here.

Register for the conference seminars for just $129 here.

Pheasant Run is offering a special BodyShop Business Conference room rate of $119 per night. To make hotel reservations, click here.

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