EXPAND its chapters across the country, in 2007 the
Outside Sales Support Network is touting its palette of Web tools
that aid the organization and management of the locally run groups.
At its annual conference held recently in San Jose, Calif., OSSN
President Gary Fee said the network has 63 chapters and hopes to
increase the number to 75 or more. Founded in 1990, OSSN is the
largest trade association for home-based agents in North America,
representing about 6,000 retailers.
THE NETWORK has "invested a tremendous amount of money in
2006 designing the chapter directors' section of Ossn.com." Using
the site, he said, chapter directors can pick sponsors and topics
for their local meetings, download chapter membership lists, send
e-mails to those members, distribute press releases and exchange
ideas on a directors-only bulletin board. More information on the
network is online at www.ossn.com.
AT the National Association of Commissioned Travel Agents,
meanwhile, has doubled in the last year to 4,000 individual travel
sellers, said NACTA President Joanie Ogg. The group expanded the
reach of its annual national meeting, formerly the NACTA
conference, to recast it as the Home-Based Agent Summit, open to
all at-home retailers. The event was held in 2006 in late November
in Fort Lauderdale.
DATEBOOK: The Central/South New Jersey
Chapter of OSSN is planning a supplier presentation Dec. 12, 6:30
p.m. at the East Grand Buffet, East Brunswick, N.J. Participating
suppliers include the Islands of the Bahamas Tourism, Luggage Free,
Golf Scotland and the Travel Authority. Cost is $10, including
dinner. For details, call Frank at (732) 21-1775.
FAM OF THE
Trip: Visits Salzburg, Austria; Prague,
Czech Republic; Einsiden and Oberammergau, Germany; Krakow and
Warsaw, Poland; and Zurich.
Departures: Various dates in 2007 between
Jan. 26 and June 23 from Warsaw, land only.
Length: 11 nights.
Sponsor: Reko Tours, Astoria,
Cost: $1,296 per person, double. Includes
hotel, breakfast daily, some dinners, transfers and
Noteworthy: Companions are eligible for
$100 additional. Child rates are available. The single supplement
Contact: (800) 251-0230; e-mail: [email protected].
Phone: (508) 221-3674
opportunities in the E-letters, contact [email protected].