ABOUT SWEET FEST CON

The Sweet Fest® Business Conference, also known as Sweet Fest Con 2017, is a business focused conference for aspiring & established professionals in the baking & sweets industry. Sweet Fest Con is a weekend crammed with invaluable information & tips to help Sweet Entrepreneurs with managing & growing their sweet business. Sweet Fest Con goes beyond the typical trade show, cake competition, or sweets expo in that it places a heavier emphasis on sharing business knowledge & tools with the Sweet Community.

Thursday, Sept 21

WELCOME & CHECK-IN @ 7:30PM
When you arrive at Sweet Fest Con, you will receive a Welcome Packet, Attendee Badge, Conference T-shirt, Swag Bag, and other top-secret goodies. We will be spending a lot of time with each other over the course of 4 days, and Thursday Check-in is the conference kickoff.



SKILLS SHARE-A-THON
We jump right in to the weekend with a fun & creative demo/networking mashup called the Skills Share-A-Thon. This evening activity will be the perfect way to break the ice and to meet your peers & product partners in the sweets industry. The night will include product/technique demos, food, alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks, and networking. Vending, Sponsorship, & Instructor Opportunities Available. Email info@thesweetfest.com for details.



BRING A GUEST OR FRIEND!
NEW in 2017, registered Sweet Fest Con attendees can register a guest to tag along during ALL evening social activities. Guests will be provided event swag, t-shirts, and evening meals along with the other Sweet Fest Con attendees. Guests are NOT ALLOWED access to any daytime lectures, seminars or masterclasses. Any guest wishing to attend these activities must register as a Sweet Fest Con attendee.

Friday, Sept 22

SEMINARS & LECTURES @ 8:30AM
Following breakfast, professionals from the industry will lead discussions and presentations around the key conference topics including, but not limited to, the following: copyrights/trademarks, gaining new business, marketing, branding, managing customers issues, having your work published, dealing with baker/sweet maker burn out, growing your business & product offerings, and much more.



SUGAR STREET NIGHTMARES
What would you do if the cake hit the floor while out for delivery? How do you deal with a bride with caviar dreams and a grilled cheese budget? If you haven't been there yet, just stay in the sweets business a little bit longer. On Friday evening over dinner, we will participate in a GROUP ACTIVITY that focuses on discussing some of the craziest sugar situations we've ever encountered in business. This will be an awesome opportunity to learn from each others' experiences and grow.



YOU WON'T GO HUNGRY!
What kind of food related gathering would this be if we didn't provide meals, snacks & treats throughout the entire conference?? There's no way we would ever let that happen! Daytime activities & presentations will be accompanied by breakfast, lunch & snacks; and evening socials will include food as well as both alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverage options.

Saturday, Sept 23

SPECIALTY MASTERCLASSES
NEW in 2017, we have added specialty 2-hour masterclass sessions during the day on Saturday. Depending upon which conference experience you register for, you could participate in up to 4 of these masterclass sessions. Non-attendees can also register for up to 2 classes or the Full 4-hour Quickbooks session without registering to attend the entire conference.



MASTERCLASS LIST
Home Based Business Essentials
Opening a Storefront
Photography Fundamentals
Quickbooks Training
How to Deliver Your Clients Dream
Contracts & Customer Service
Become an Online Instructor
Legal Dish on Baking with Booze



DANCE PARTY SOCIAL
Break out the suspenders, bow ties, and glasses. It's time to party! No business conference is complete without a "TOTALLY NERDY" evening party to bring it all home. Conference attendees are requested, but not required, to dress in full on NERD or 80's throwback attire for this evening social. We want everyone to go all out and have the "Nerdiest time of their lives!" If you missed the fun last year, make sure to check out the video to see how much fun you can expect to have this year!

Sunday, Sept 24

DID WE MISS ANYTHING??
Before we bring the conference to a close, we will have an open Q&A with all of the presenters to make sure all of your business questions and concerns have been addressed. We want to make sure you are fully prepared to take on the sweet business world before you head home.



CLOSING REMARKS & GOODBYES
We don't want to spill all of the conference beans...but let's just say there may be tears and DEFINITELY tons of Thank Yous! The conference is scheduled to end around Noon on Sunday.

Eighty's themed icons to promote Sweet Fest Con 2017, the sweet business conference hosted by Sweet Fest in Atlanta, GA on the weekend of Sept 21-24, 2017.

OUR CONFERENCE PRESENTERS

Jay
Qualls

Celebrity Wedding Cake Designer
The Frosted Affair

Amanda
Schonberg

Certified Chef
Chef Schonberg's Sweets

Reva
Alexander-Hawk

Mistress of All Things Cake
Merci Beaucoup Cakes

Jockan
Jordan

Bakery Owner & Decorating Instructor
Dat Cake Place

Amelia
Carbine

Online Decorating Instructor
CakeFu

Dawn
Belisle

Attorney & Baker
Delights by Dawn

Attorney Omar
Landery

Intellectual Property Attorney
Landery Law Office

Mandi
Buckalew

Bakery Owner & Decorating Instructor
Cakeapotamus

Lacey
Reichwald

Bakery Owner
The SweetSpot Bakehouse

Kevin
Dwayne

Photographer
Kevin Dwayne Photography

Roxanna
Payne

Event Planner & Online Instructor
A Platinum Moment Event Management

Kimberly
Bryant

Cake Artist & Decorating Instructor
Adonai Desserts Atlanta

Sweet Fest Con provides a rare opportunity for development!

The official photos from Sweet Fest Con 2016. This year's sweet business conference will be hosted in Atlanta, GA on the weekend of Sept 21-24, 2017. The official photos from Sweet Fest Con 2016. This year's sweet business conference will be hosted in Atlanta, GA on the weekend of Sept 21-24, 2017.

$ 550
Payment Plan Available until August 14

  • 36+ Hrs Business Education/Networking
  • All Meals, Snacks & Drinks Included
  • Access to 1 Masterclass Session
  • 3 Evening Socials
  • Decorating Supply Vendors
  • Entertaining & Informative Presenters
  • Hands on Demos
  • Swag Bag
  • Conference T-shirt
  • Payment Plan
    Only $150 Deposit to Reserve Seat

$ 670
Payment Plan Available until August 14

  • 36+ Hrs Business Education/Networking
  • All Meals, Snacks & Drinks Included
  • Access to 4 Masterclass Sessions
  • 3 Evening Socials
  • Decorating Supply Vendors
  • Entertaining & Informative Presenters
  • Hands on Demos
  • Swag Bag
  • Conference T-shirt
  • Payment Plan
    Only $150 Deposit to Reserve Seat

$ 150/per session
Payment Plan Available until August 14

  • LIMITED Saturday Masterclass registration spots are available to the General Public. Any Sweet Maker who is unable to register for a Full or Lite Sweet Fest Con experience can register for up to 2 Saturday Masterclasses based on availability.
  • Access to up to 2 Masterclass Sessions
  • Access to the Vendor Hall on Saturday
  • Worldclass Instructors
  • Swag Bag
  • Conference T-shirt
  • Payment Plan
    Only $75 Deposit to Reserve Seat

FULL MASTERCLASS DESCRIPTIONS


Home Based Business Essentials
Time: 7:30AM - 9:30AM
Location: Room A
Presenter: Chef Amanda Schonberg
This class will cover key resources that are needed for each home based business to succeed. We will set the ground work for building a successful business and review multiple tools needed to thrive in business. This class will also discuss necessary components for optimal productivity such as the importance of planners, sketch books, cake forms, promotional calendars, scheduling software, etc. We will discuss the importance of networking and being a presence within your community as well as ways to make your business stand out. Chef Schonberg is an award winning, published certified chef and culinary mentor who runs a successful home based business in Baton Rouge, LA.


Photography & Styling Fundamentals
Time: 10:00AM - 12 Noon
Location: Room A
Presenter: Kevin Dwayne
You work hard to create and design beautiful and delicious sweets, and the quality of your sweet pics should match the professional quality of your work. In this class, you will learn how to style, shoot, and edit professional style pictures of your sweet work using only your phone and a few inexpensive tricks of the trade. Learn about lighting, basic editing, and more in this interactive masterclass taught by Sweet Fest's go to photographer, Kevin Dwayne of Kevin Dwayne Photography.


Contracts & Customer Service
Time: 3:30PM - 5:30PM
Location: Room A
Presenters: Attorney Omar Landery & Chef Amanda Schonberg
Get the best of both worlds with this comprehensive discussion that will touch on contracts from both the legal and culinary perspectives. Learn how to structure and word your contracts from Attorney Omar Landery, and gain practical business insight from Chef Schonberg on how to apply these concepts with your customers.


Becoming an Online Video/Tutorial Instructor
Time: 3:30PM - 5:30PM
Location: Room B
Presenter: Amelia Carbine
Interested in selling classes and/or tutorials online? Lost on how to get started, or how to build a following? This class will start from the beginning and pack in the information. We'll cover everything from best filming and editing practices, pros and cons of various video hosting companies, to advertising dos and don'ts. If you've ever thought about selling trainings online, or you've started and still haven't gotten the hang of it, make sure to join this masterclass hosted by the talented Amelia Carbine, the face of CakeFu and the host of the popular CakeFu Masters Trainings.


Legal Dish on Baking with Booze
Time: 7:30AM - 9:30AM; 10:00AM - 12 Noon
Location: Room C
Presenter: Dawn Belisle
Join Attorney turned boozy baker Dawn Belisle of Delights by Dawn, as she discusses the legalities of Baking with Booze. This class will explain what you need to know about incorporating booze/alcohol into your sweet treats and dessert products. You will learn the do's and don'ts, the states vs federal regulations and the types of licensing you might need to legally sell these types of products. (NOTE: Class scheduled two times on Saturday. The second session is a repeat to help avoid scheduling conflicts.)

Brick & Mortar 101: Opening a Storefront
Time: 7:30AM - 9:30AM
Location: Room B
Presenter: Mandi Buckalew
Moving your sweets business from your home to a storefront or physical location is "kind of a big deal," and if you've been playing around with the idea but still not ready to pull the trigger, then this class will be a perfect fit for you. During this session, we will discuss the steps required to open your own brick and mortar location. From inspections to the grand opening and all the steps in between, we will discuss the good, the bad and the not so pretty associated with opening a storefront. We'll discuss what you need to know and what you didn't know you needed to know. This class comes complete with checklists and real-life stories. Mandi Buckalew is the owner of Cakeapotamus a home based bakery, turned store front bakery, turned home based bakery (and loving it!!).


How to Deliver Your Clients' Dream
Time: 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Location: Room A
Presenter: Reva Alexander-Hawk
Have you ever had a rough time deciphering exactly what your client wants? Have you been given a vague theme like the "80's" or "Paris" and had no clue where to start with your plans/designs? Through multiple examples and student suggestions, we'll discuss how to approach some generic themes and quickly and confidently offer up designs for your client that reflect your artistic style while fulfilling the customer needs. Reva Alexander-Hawk is the owner of Merci Beaucoup Cakes. She has been featured in Brides Magazine, Wedding Bells, People Magazine, and her work has been featured on networks such as E Entertainment, Food Network US and UK, Style Network, and TLC.


Quickbooks Essentials
Time: 10:00AM - 12 Noon (Part 1)
Time: 1:00PM - 3:00PM (Part 2)
Location: Room B
Presenter: Jay Qualls
In this class, you will learn how to utilize and integrate Quickbooks Online into your Sweets Business. It doesn’t matter if you are a home baker or own a brick and mortar shop, you will definitely benefit from this class. We will go through setting up your company and accounting methods, products, estimates, invoices, payments, and receipts. I will show you how to run reports based on the data you collect through your everyday processes and procedures. You will learn the following: (1) Set-up your company, (2) Integrate Bank Account Info, (3) How Square integrates and works with Quickbooks, (4) Integrate Quickbooks into your daily operations and processes including set-up a client, create estimate, create invoice, receive and record payments, how to run reports and utilize Quickbooks to track REVENUE and EXPENSES, how to determine COST of GOODS SOLD, FIXED COSTS, and VARIABLE COSTS, Quickbooks and Consultations. This class covers two class sessions for a total of 4 hours.


Strategic Social Media Marketing
Time: 1:00PM - 3:00PM; 3:30PM - 5:30PM
Location: Room C
Presenter: Lacey Reichwald
Whether you are a social media maven or you are brand new to this whole digital marketing thing, this Masterclass will have something for you! Does your social media strategy lack consistency? Do you need help creating content and knowing what to post and when? Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest. Periscope, review sites, and blogging…the possibilities are endless and often overwhelming! BUT...you can create and stick to an effective marketing plan with a little strategy and planning. This class will give an overview of the social media platforms that can best get your business seen and followed and we will go in depth on strategies to convert followers into paying customers. You’ll leave this class with an action plan and a toolkit to totally dominate your social game. (NOTE: Class scheduled two times on Saturday. The second session is a repeat to help avoid scheduling conflicts.)

Want to be Vendor or Sponsor for Sweet Fest Con?

Shoot us a note expressing your interest, and Cyd will be in touch directly.
Email info@thesweetfest.com to receive more vendor/sponsor information.

Venue Info

Doubletree by Hilton Atlanta Airport

Address: 3400 Norman Berry Drive, Atlanta, GA 30344

Contact: (404) 763-1600

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The Doubletree Atlanta Airport is the venue for Sweet Fest Con 2017 the sweet business conference hosted by Sweet Fest in Atlanta, GA on the weekend of Sept 21-24, 2017.