It’s been a busy start to 2014 for the team here at Inn Partners. We’ve been on the road in the last month educating prospective innkeepers on the joys and challenges of innkeeping through our Innkeeping Seminars. Heide, Bill & I were in Durham, NC at the beautiful Arrowhead Inn on March 1st with over 18 prospective innkeepers in attendance. We covered everything from financing a purchase, to operations of an inn, marketing, the personal side of innkeeping, creating your personal inn model and even how we value properties.
On March 9-11, I was joined by our associate Rob Hart from Georgia and presented to over 35 prospective innkeepers at the Mid Atlantic Conference in King of Prussia, PA. The focus of my presentation was on valuations and the importance of record keeping. Rob spoke on the day-to-day rigors and personal side of an innkeeper’s life — a critical component of deciding to become an innkeeper.
While hosting seminars and traveling to conferences keeps us plenty busy, it’s what we love doing and keeps us connected with our favorite people in the industry. Inn Partners takes pride in providing a forum for learning and challenging prospective innkeepers to discover what drives them toward this career path. We love the excitement, trepidation, camaraderie, intense learning and laughter that are shared by all who attend. It’s a great way to test the waters and get an idea of how much goes into this lifestyle. It’s okay if you discover it isn’t for you. Either way, it’s a win-win for everyone who participates in this rewarding process.
For those that do want to move forward, the individual focus session the next day discusses personal finances, location, size and style of a property. Aspiring innkeepers can use this to create a model of the type of inn that is right for them. At that point the journey has begun.
Interested in attending one of our workshops? Next up, we’ll be heading to Manchester, Vermont on April 1 for another seminar in advance of the Vermont Travel Industry Conference on April 2-3. So what do you say, is it time for you to join us?