Each day, we are bombarded with conflicting information on the economic situation that affects us all on a global level. Some say the recession has hit bottom, while other “experts” warn the situation won’t show signs of improvement until next year. Are we willing to let someone else, or their opinion, guide our fate, or will you take the initiative for yourself and guide your own destiny?

“What can I do,” you ask? You can first make the time and effort to attend Coverings in Chicago (April 21-24). The show’s organizers will present a newly developed “Surviving 2009” series of educational sessions. Eleven seminars have been dedicated to “teaching show attendees strategies and tactics for riding out the current economic storm,” say organizers. These sessions are free of charge, with many yielding AIA, ASID/IIDA or NKBA continuing education credits.

If you’ve attending Coverings in the past, then you know about the Coverings Show dailies, the tabloid-sized newspaper that featured everything and everything about the show’s activities, programs, news, and more. This year, to keep things simple and convenient for readers, the Coverings Show dailies will be available online (www.CoveringsInsider.com). The site will be updated daily with Breaking News items; detailed information on seminars, workshops and live demos; videos; and more.

The National Disaster Reconstruction Conference & Expo (NDRExpo) announced registration for its educational programs is now available by visiting www.ndrexpo.com. The conference, which takes place June 17-18 in New Orleans, features experts who will address disaster preparation, response, repair, remediation, and restoration. The event is co-sponsored byTILE Magazine’ssister publicationRestoration & Remediation, and several BNP Media publications.

“The NDR Conference will present new and exciting business opportunities to attendees,” said Imago Trade Shows conference director Jimmy Mouton. “At a time when normal business activity is curtailed, disaster services are still booming.”

“Every time a business or homeowner experiences a fire, flood, tornado, hurricane, water leak, mold, asbestos claim, sick building, or bio-hazard, lucrative business opportunities are created for those ready to address the problems,” Mouton added.

Another suggestion to turning things around in your business would be to check outTILE Magazine’sBlog Section (www.tilemagonline.com/blogs). Al Levi, who is a frequent contributor and recently wrote “4 Ways to Rev Up Your Sales Right Now,” offered several suggestions to increase revenue and presence. If you’ve implemented a tactic that you would like to share, I invite you to join the discussions.