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Who Should Attend

Making a decision to become an innkeeper is an important one. It can mean a significant change in lifestyle and substantial investment of personal savings. This seminar is for those who are serious about considering a career change to innkeeping. The insightful information, the time away and the interaction with others all provide the perspective needed to come to a conclusion about the right course of action.
2015 Seminar-May 15-17 Asheville, NC
To Register:

Call: Helen Cook at 904-321-2210
Seminar Leaders

David Caples, innkeeper, consultant and inn sales broker, is the workshop leader. David has a Master's Degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University. He restored and opened a five-room bed and breakfast and developed Amelia Island Lodging Systems, a resort management company. He and his wife, Susan, are the former owners of  the Elizabeth Pointe Lodge, an award-winning 25-room inn on Amelia Island, FL.
Helen Elizabeth Cook, is an experienced innkeeper, lodging industry consultant and originator of the website She is a small business owner experienced in sales and marketing, human resources, product development and operations. 

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A Seminar for Aspiring Innkeepers: Asheville, NC
Engadine Inn & Cabins at Honey Hill
May 15 - 17, 2015

Friday 5:30 - 7 PM           

  • Meet & Greet Social Hour               
  • Dinner on Your Own

Saturday 8 AM - 5 PM          

  • Breakfast 
  • AM Seminar Session       

       Lodging Industry Overview

       Will it Meet Your Financial Goals?

       Lifestyle vs. Financial Goals

       Concepting: Creating the Product

       Buy, Build or Renovate?

       Business Plan Review

       Competitive Anaylysis

       Site and SiteAnalysis
  • Lunch: Round Table Discussions
  • PM Seminar Session

       5, 10, 20-room Inn Pro-forma

       Acquisition Strategy & Tactics

       Market and Location Selection

       Buyers Evaluation Checklist

       Valuation Techniques for a Fair Price
       Financing the Inn of Your Dreams

         Equity Requirements

         Financing Sources

       Financing the Inn of Your Dreams

       Keys to a Successful Inn

       Area Innkeepers Panel Q&A

Sunday 8:00 - 11 AM 

  • Breakfast & Seminar  
  • Q & A with Innkeeper Panel
  • Seminar Concludes
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