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Garage, Shed & Carport Show Preview

by Rocky Landsverk

Expand Your Business in Knoxville in January

Manufacturers, suppliers, and companies dedicated to all things regarding the construction of small residential buildings will be gathering January 24-25, 2024, in Knoxville, Tennessee, for the third annual Garage, Shed & Carport Builder Show.

As a business-to-business show, the Garage, Shed & Carport Builder Show brings the industry’s finest companies together in one 15,000-square-foot space, pairing them with qualified attendees looking to network, learn, and do business.

In addition to hosting over 60 exhibitor booths, as well as educational seminars and demonstrations, this year’s Garage, Shed & Carport Builder Show has invited Shed University to present its programming on January 23-24. All registrants for Shed U will receive complimentary admission to the Garage, Shed & Carport Builder Show, giving them the chance to meet the premier vendors in the shed and residential construction industry and to attend the educational classes and demonstrations provided by the industry’s premier business-to-business small residential building show.

For attendees: About the Exhibitors

There will be more than 50 exhibitors displaying products and services that could change your company. The show floor is nearly sold out and the list of exhibitors is available on the show’s website. The list of things to see and companies to meet includes metal and other suppliers of products like insulation, poly/plastics, and screws and connectors. There will be business and marketing companies on hand, as well. 

About the Educational Programming

There will be an educational program for show attendees (different from Shed U’s events) that is worth the price of admission alone. Classes are expected on such things as marketing and running your business, making buying decisions on materials and machinery, working with different communities, condensation prevention and control, fastening systems, financing, and taking advantage of PR to advance your company footprint.

Look for programming updates on the show’s website. There will be lists of speakers and topics available by mid-November. As noted in our articles about “how to attend a show,” such as the one in this magazine issue, education can be one of the best reasons to invest your time and money into visiting a trade show, and you’ll often learn from your fellow exhibitors’ questions as well. 

For Exhibitors: About the Attendees

All Shield Wall Media shows are intended to bring together buyers and sellers. Attendees are typically business owners and those who have the ability to make business decisions. From an exhibitor standpoint, that means the people walking by the booth aren’t there to browse; they’re going to be interested prospects. Exhibitors at the company’s previous events have consistently commented that the attendees of SWM shows are decision-makers. Here’s sampling of post-show quotes from last year’s Garage, Shed & Carport Builder Show event:

• “There was an appropriate audience that included decision makers from the shed and carport industries.”

• “A nice crowd of quality attendees that were actually looking to buy products.”

• “The Garage, Shed & Carport Builder Show allows us to connect with existing and potential customers in this targeted industry. We received quality leads.”

• “It’s big enough to attract, small enough to have quality conversations.”

About Knoxville

The Garage, Shed & Carport Builder Show is a family-friendly event and happily accommodates the families of attendees. Show attendees and their families are encouraged to not only enjoy both events but to stay an extra day or more to take advantage of all that the Knoxville area offers. 

The beautiful historic Knoxville area has many attractions, including the Knoxville Zoo and the Knoxville Museum of Art. The Sunsphere is a favorite tourist destination. Built for the 1982 World’s Fair, the Sunsphere is one-of-a-kind structure that includes an observation deck that offers a view stretching from downtown to the Great Smoky Mountains. 

Knoxville offers fine dining and nightclubs for those looking for a bit more adventure in the evenings after show close.

While at the show, plan on arriving early to attend the educational seminars each morning while the family enjoys continental breakfast. On Wednesday as the show wraps up, be sure to join us for a complimentary Happy Hour with food and refreshments, allowing a perfect opportunity to network with exhibitors and other attendees. 

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