By William “Bill” Murray, President & CEO, NCA
This post was originally published on LinkedIn
For over twenty years, I worked for the motion picture industry. Networking has always been the lifeblood of Hollywood – even while it was maddeningly difficult.
Take film industry conventions.
Hollywood has a couple of typical industry conferences, but most gatherings revolve around film festivals – often in glamorous, expensive places. There’s seldom a big exhibit hall with vendors – instead, filmmakers show clips of their work in private rooms, writers “pitch” scripts in one-on-one meetings, and deals are made at unadvertised parties.
There’s a secretive, fluid mystery to everything that’s happening, and always the sense that you are missing something. That uncertainty is complemented by the chaos of autograph seekers, paparazzi, and publicists all jockeying for attention. Unless you know how to “work” a film festival, you might as well stay home.
While networking at film festivals and association conventions may seem to have little in common, there is one key aspect in which they are similar: if you plan to network at either, you’ll need to have a strategy and go prepared.
For association conventions, here’s what’s key:
The following post originally appeared in full on the Bond Street Small Business Blog
Starting a coffee business is not for the faint of heart. It will bring blood, sweat, and tears (plus a lot of caffeine).
Yet, there’s still something that makes the pursuit worthwhile.
And as the saying goes, hindsight is 20/20. So what better way to truly learn what it takes to successfully build a coffee business than to turn to those who know best?
The editors at Bond Street asked individuals behind some of America’s best cups to share what they wish they knew before opening their coffee shops, or other caffeine-infused operations. The result is 33 pieces of advice that all aspiring entrepreneurs would benefit from knowing.
From mistakes made to tricks of the trade, you’re bound to discover at least one nugget of wisdom that will save you time, money, energy, and quite possibly your sanity — or all of the above.
From baristas to boardrooms, the Coffee Career Center connects companies to top talent across the industry.
Check out this week’s featured job listings – and visit the Coffee Career Center for more. (Please note that you will need to set up a free account to view the full post.)
Senior Traffic Coordinator | Rothfos Corporation
Financial Analyst, Central & South America | Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA
VP, Coffee | Fair Trade USA
Packaging Assistant | Confluence Coffee Company
Sales Representative | Red Diamond, Inc.
Social Media Strategist | Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA
Parts Manager | Espresso Plus Inc
Visit the Coffee Career Center to view more listings, share your resume, or post a job.
By Joe DeRupo, NCA Director of External Relations & Communications
2016 was a year of uncertainty for the coffee industry, including new threats to basic business norms and protocols.
Here’s an overview of the key issues we faced over the past 12 months, some of the new benefits we’ve made available to members, and what you can expect in the year ahead.
Stuck in a rut? Start 2017 with an exciting new job in the coffee industry.
Check out this week’s featured listings – and visit the Coffee Career Center for more. (Please note that you will need to set up a free account to view the full post.)
VP, Coffee / Fair Trade USA
Social Media Strategist / Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA
Total Office and Logistics Manager / Coffeetec
International Marketing Manager / Coffeetec
Store Manager / Mercurys Coffee Co.
Barista / Blue Donkey Coffee
Reily Foods is the sponsor of the NCA Convention 2018, March 15-17, in their hometown of New Orleans – during NOLA’s tricentennial anniversary!
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LOCATION: New Orleans, LA
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What does Reily Foods do?
Reily Foods provides many of the staples you will find in your kitchen cabinet.
From SXSW to craft brew culture (both coffee and stronger), Austin is the home of innovation – and the inspiration for our Convention 2017 theme. Explore this unique, thriving city while meeting leaders from across the coffee industry.
[Related: 5 great TEDx talks on coffee]
Why Attend NCA Convention 2017?
By Bill Murray, NCA
There’s never been a more exciting time to have a career in coffee.
From the barista who pulls the perfect shot, to the unheralded scientists working to preserve the genetic diversity of coffee, professionals all around the world have turned their passion for coffee into a livelihood. And yet, until now, there’s never been an easy way to find those career opportunities – or to find talent to match these opportunities.
This is why we are pleased to announce the launch of the first dedicated career center for coffee – anchored by a coffee job board. A venture of the National Coffee Association, U.S.A., the Coffee Career Center is intended to be your first career stop – whether you are hiring, or looking to get hired, in the fascinating and rewarding world of coffee. Continue reading
It is ironic that coffee – a beverage with a history of hundreds of years – is in the midst of a period of unprecedented change. That change has unlocked deeper value and choice for business and consumers – even as it presents unprecedented challenges that continually shape the headlines: Climate change. La roya. Sustainability. GMO legislation. Gender inequality. Volatile prices.
All businesses struggle to identify and train leaders. But for the coffee sector, leaders deal with a complex array of variables, threats and opportunities – making leadership essential for the industry’s future.
This is why the theme for the NCA 2016 Annual Convention is “leadership.” It’s an opportunity for leaders, managers, and professionals to join the conversations that are will fundamentally shape the business of coffee going forward – including at a Pre-Convention Symposium designed to help rising professionals turn technical expertise into effective leadership.
But what is leadership? What does it mean in today’s complex, evolving world?
Here, 5 members of the NCA Board of Directors share why leadership matters to the coffee industry: Continue reading
San Diego, CA, consistently ranks as one of the happiest cities in the United States – which isn’t entirely surprising, given the incredible weather, 70 miles of coastline, and renowned craft breweries.
Discover the place for yourself during the NCA 2016 Annual Convention, March 17-19, which will include a pre-conference Leadership Symposium and a luncheon benefiting the International Women in Coffee Alliance.
Until then, here are the top 10 reasons we’re daydreaming about a sunny San Diego escape: Continue reading