In an effort to provide tile and stone professionals with solutions for the current business environment, organizers of Coverings 2009 will present a newly developed “Surviving 2009” series of educational sessions.

During the four-day show, which run from Tuesday, April 21 through Friday, April 24, at Chicago’s McCormick Place, attendees will have the choice of attending 11 seminars dedicated to “strategies and tactics for riding out the current economic storm,” organizers say.

Like all of Coverings’ conference programming, these sessions are free of charge, and many yield AIA, ASID/IIDA or NKBA continuing education credits.

“While the conference component at Coverings has always been one of the highlights of the show, this year’s addition of the “Surviving 2009” track elevates it to a new level by tackling the most relevant and top-of-mind issues facing the industry,” said Glenn Feder, president of client events for National Trade Productions, which manages and produces Coverings.

He added, “By creating dedicated programming that squarely addresses crucial business survival issues, we’re giving show attendees the advice they need now more than ever before-at no cost, as always, and with no cutbacks to the rest of the conference schedule. We believe that the investment made in traveling to Coverings is a small one relative to the bounty of real, ready-to-implement advice and insight awaiting show-goers this year.”

For more information on attending or exhibiting at Coverings, please visit or contact NTP at (703) 683-8500.