What will the Schedule be?
You will get a
specific agenda when you register along with your
name tag, Bee bag, etc.
Please refer to your Bee
Registration package and/or the website for a
generic overview prior to arrival.
.Bee Registration -
Awards Ceremony in the evening location noted in the
If you want to get caught up
in all the excitement and try to attend as many
events as possible, I recommend you arrive and
register as early as possible. The workshops are
relatively new and you will thoroughly enjoy the
interaction. Be sure you do that. It's unrealistic
to think you can make it to every single one, so
look at the booklet now and decide which ones are
most important to you.
I have always loved being
there no later than 7:30 a.m. just so I have a few
minutes to acquaint myself with the agenda and greet
all my friends! Then, I think it is fun to be going
into the Company Store when it opens. (Wilma
speaking – frankly, I don’t know that I’ll do that
again. The store is a zoo early and the lines are
too long. I suggest you wait until later. They are
now giving vouchers to see if you “win” the chance
of getting some of the more sought after items.
Praise God for that! You’re tempted to spend much
more when you come early. Wait until later and
you’ll save money.)
As soon as you register, I
recommend sitting down and immediately plan out your
day! That way you are not walking around in a fog
not knowing where to go and what to do. Take
your highlighter and identify everything you
want to accomplish on Day 1. Attach your ribbons to
your name badge and then check your contents of your
BEE packet. Later that evening, go through and
highlight what classes you want to attend. My
first stop after Registration is the COMPANY STORE!
I plan to arrive early and get through the store
once before the classes begin!
Remember that everyone is there with their own
agenda/goals. Please don’t expect folks you
came with to be with you all the time or to
entertain you. Make an agreement with yourself
that you will venture out and make new friends,
make new contacts, and learn some great new
ideas to enhance your business.
Many times you will learn something that can be
shared at our Branch Meetings, something that no
one else has shared. The more we spread
ourselves out, the better chance we have of
gathering information that we can use in our own
I hope that you
will attempt to attend every workshop possible.
Why spend the money to attend the BEE and not
take advantage of all the wonderful training!
What to Wear
will be a day for business casual dress (please no
jeans or cutoffs). Wear comfortable clothes and
shoes! You will do a lot of walking throughout the
Bee. Dress in layers. Some areas of the Convention
Center or Arena may be chilly.
is business casual (dress slacks, khakis, skirt)
attire or what you would wear to a show. No jeans,
but jean shirts/skirts are perfectly fine. You
still want to keep comfortable shoes in mind! You
will see some people dressed a little nicer because
of General Session and the awards that they will
is casual, cool and comfortable. You will be doing
a major amount of walking out in the hot summer sun
so this day comfortable shoes and clothing are
necessary. An ice cold water bottle would also be
refreshing. Bring a bandana to wet if it is hot. A
nice, wet bandana worn around your neck will help
you stay cool. You could wear walking shorts, crops,
and the like.
What to Pack
Ensure your luggage has something bright attached to
it for easy and quick identification, i.e., bright
color yarn tied to the handles – more if you’re
flying than anything else.
A watch to keep you on track for everything that is
happening. A small travel alarm to set in case the
hotel “wake up” call is forgotten for your room. A
small travel sewing kit, Band-Aids for your blisters
caused by new shoes, tums, immodium,
Advil/Aleve/Tylenol! Cute jammies! A fold-up
umbrella for quick showers while in Dresden.
Change for tipping: = bags ($1 per bag), maybe $2-3
on your bed pillow for the housekeeper. Bring lots
of small denomination bills; i.e., $1s, $5s.
A photo ID will be needed when you register at the
Bee. Also bring your hotel and Bee confirmations.
Also good to bring your Collector’s Club card.
Don’t forget your camera and PLENTY of film,
(recommend 400 or 800 speed). Film is available,
but you will pay a premium at the hotel or in
Dresden. You may want to bring along extra
Suggestions you may have read recommend bringing a
basket to carry purchases in, but I don’t
recommend it because these may tend to be
bulky. You can use your Bee bag and the bags from
the Company Store to carry purchases. I recommend
bringing a luggage carrier with wheels for easier
transporting. Handle grippers are highly
recommended to carry the store bags. The bags from
the Company Store are heavy and the handles hurt
Bring a palm pilot, notebook and Sharpie pen or
pencil and a highlighter. Some people bring a small
tape recorder. There is a lot of great information
disseminated during General Session. Also great
ideas are always heard when you are around others!
You should bring an empty envelope (bright color for
easy identification) to put all your receipts in.
You may also want to record each purchase as you
make it. This will help you keep track of how much
you are spending and also will make it easier for
record keeping later.
The Bee starts very early every day, so you want to
have some quick energy food on hand to snack on.
Also, although you will find a wonderful assortment
of vendors at the Hyatt, the prices are higher. You
are better off to bring soft drinks or bottled water
with you as well as breakfast quick foods (unless
your hotel has continental). Day two lunch is
provided (not sure this year about day one), but the
rest is on your own, so you may want to keep this in
mind when planning your food and beverage items.
During the General Sessions and Longaberger classes,
you may want to also have a quick snack. Most
people bring a small cooler to keep items in their
rooms. Check with those you are sharing a room with
and coordinate with each other, so everyone doesn’t
bring the same thing. Good things to have on hand:
chocolate, muffins, fruit, tea bags, juice boxes,
bottled water (bottle can be refilled), bagels,
energy bars, chips.
If you have time to do this - Bring customer lists,
Longaberger postcards, labels, stamps, and return
address stamps. That way you’ll be able to send
cards from Dresden and have them postmarked with a
special stamp (this is found at the Homestead to the
left after you go through the welcome center).
Bring your planner/pda, small calculator, and plenty
of business cards. You will want to pass business
cards out to the many new people you meet. Also
another tip is to put a return address label on the
back of your card that say’s “Met you at BEE 2003”.
Also if there’s something special about that person
that you want to remember, like a great idea, jot
that down on the back of their card.
Bring a cell phone, pre-paid phone card or your long
distance calling card to keep in touch with family,
friends, and customers back home. There are pay
phones in the hotel lobby; but can be costly and you
may have to wait in line. When you use the phone in
your hotel room, a telephone surcharge rate is added
to your hotel phone bill. And always be aware
of who is around you. Some people actually watch you
and take down your special codes, etc. Cover the
dial with your other hand.
Share your cell phone number with your roommates and
buddies. Or have walkie-talkies handy and put on
the same channel. You can reach them all over
Columbus and Dresden. This is an easy way to make
sure you can locate each other or notify someone
that you’ll be later than your scheduled meeting
time. This really works!
You will have the opportunity to make many purchases
while at the Bee. The Company Store will be opened
throughout the Bee and with everything that is
available for purchase there and at the Homestead on
day three, you may be overwhelmed! When going
through the company store, DO NOT BUY ANYTHING ON
YOUR FIRST TRIP. Instead write down what you
would like and the cost. This will cut down on
impulse buying and help you to stretch your budget a
little farther. Throughout the Bee, your cash,
credit cards and checks will be accepted.
When packing your car, leave PLENTY of room to bring
home purchases (maybe bring an EMPTY
container/suitcase for your new goodies). Remember
your carpooling mate will also be bringing home
Check into your Hotel as early as possible;
anticipate long lines waiting to register. You may
want to leave your luggage locked in your car until
you can register and get a room key! No need to
carry it around everywhere. You could call in
advance and see if your hotel can put your luggage
in storage if you prefer not to leave it in your
Take your repairs the first day; lines are shorter!
See the notice on
www.mylongaberger.com about FREE “simple”
Refer to the agenda you receive at Registration for
specific times and location for the classes.
Always try to sit as close the front of the class as
possible! You will be able to see and hear better,
but be prepared--everyone will get out of the room
sooner than you will.
The night before you are to
check out of your hotel, pack and load into your
car. This makes the check out time much easier as
the elevators will be very busy.
A Credit Card Broke My Heart
(received from Doris Fisher,
I first met him in the bank.
He was very friendly and introduced himself as CC. I
liked him immediately and wanted to get to know him
better. I invited CC home. He was the generous type
and assured me he would be there whenever I needed
My BA said he was a real
"card" and warned me that he was nothing but plastic
and to stay away from him. Nevertheless, we became
great friends and began to go everywhere together I
even invited him to the Bee!
CC paid for my room and bought
me expensive dinners. He took me shopping at the
Company Store and to the Homestead on Dresden Day.
We brought home lids, liners, dividers, tie-ones,
jewelry, T-shirts, clothes and more!!! We had a
GREAT time together!! I could hardly get all my
Which brings us to Bill.
Bill was waiting for me at the
mailbox about a month later. He seemed nice at
first, but when I asked him what his interests were
he said 21.6% it was evident that all he was after
was my money. To make matters worse, Bill and CC had
this little trick planned all along and if I didn't
pay up, CC could never go shopping with me again.
BA was right. CC was nothing
but a plastic friend and I needed to reevaluate our
friendship. BA advised me to book extra shows, repay
Bill, and cool my relationship with CC.
The 2004 Bee is fast
approaching. BA is getting nervous, but I've assured
her that I can be trusted. I've taken her advice and
booked an extra show here and there and put that
commission into a special Bee fund. I've packed
plenty of business cards to trade with vendors and
I'll write on the back of their cards the things I
see that I would really like to have. I'll contact
them when I have the money to purchase the item and
eliminate impulse purchasing.
This has been a busy year for
me. I've worked hard and shed many-a-tear, but I've
also learned a valuable lesson. My friend CC will be
going to the Bee with me again. But, I'll be stingy
with him this year AND I have my calendar booked for
the fall - just in case I see a few items I can't
“If you can take 1 new idea
home and implement it, then the Bee is
? Days before we leave for BEE 2003! Enclosed you
will find helpful information gathered from years of
experience. Also there is a fun sheet enclosed to
help you create the “best” BEE photo album ever.
For my first couple of Bee’s,
I was overwhelmed because every idea I heard was
great and I wanted to do everything that was
suggested. My brain got on overload! If you relax
and remember the above quote, then it won’t take you
as long as it took me to relax, have fun, and return
home with a plan of attack. I am excited you are
attending. I hope to see you many times during the
Bee days, and never hesitate to stop me in my tracks
and ask questions, or share your excitement. Your
excitement keeps me going!
Meet people. Don't be a wallflower. The people
attending the BEE are basket lovers! Just like you!
You have common ground! Have a couple of questions
formed that you want help with in your business, or
you want to get different ideas for. Then, ask
everyone you meet, their opinion or idea. Have a
little notebook with you so you can write down the
ideas. You'll have so much fun gathering ideas and
information and you'll make new friends....maybe
even networking friends that you can continue to
communicate with after the BEE is over! You'll have
lots of opportunity to talk while standing in line
waiting for one thing or another; while eating a
meal; walking from one place to the next
In closing, so many hormones
in one room, or bus, can be interesting!! Pack
your sense of humor, when heading off to the
BEE! Tuck in some patience. Sometimes we get
a little tired in Ohio, maybe even a little
cranky....... and, lots of times PMS travels along
with us ( who packed that in there anyway? - it
wasn’t on the list!).... So you need to be prepared.
CHOCOLATES........when hormones are raging.
Seriously, I have found that flexibility is a
great quality to bring along with you. Not everyone
is going to agree where to meet for lunch, what time
to get up in the morning, or who gets to shower
Pack lots of kindness, plenty
of thoughtfulness, tons of laughter and giggles, an
extra dose of shoulder shrugs, (you know.... to
shrug off the small things), and have a FANTASTIC
~ Sue ~
Photo Scavenger Hunt for an AWESOME BEE
You sampling the food at the gourmet kitchen area at
You standing in line at the company store (arms
loaded with goodies)
You Sitting on or standing in or near an oversized
piece of pottery at the Manufacturing Campus
rooting for a Bee Line for Basket contestant or
better yet, YOU running in the Bee Line for Baskets
You holding up your favorite souvenir from the Bee
You walking across the stage getting an award at any
of the meetings/events
You in front of the Apple Basket at the Homestead
You with a VIP member
You with a Longaberger Family Member/members
You with your roommates in bed for the night (do we
You with your Sales Leader
You with a new basket buddy you just met at this Bee
You with your vehicle loaded/Bus with all of your
purchases (and somewhere in there is your luggage)
and ready for the trip home
You at the Tree House in the Homestead
You in one of the Home of the Future rooms
You standing with a Sales Achiever
You standing next to the new WishList products and
new Christmas products
You "getting into it" at the Opening Session – wild
You enjoying lunch or dinner with some of your
You standing by your favorite "showcase sampler"
You weaving your own basket
You next to the World's Largest Basket in Dresden
You sitting next to Dave's Footprints at the
You in front of the Crawford Barn, Tea House,
Longaberger Family Home (replica), etc.
You shopping in Dresden
Any other fun and unique opportunities
Happy picture taking and have
Directions to the
Hyatt Regency / Columbus Convention Center
From I71 North and I70
(these directions are from the Hyatt Regency
“direction” recording) Both interstates merge
together just on the West edge of downtown Columbus.
Take I70 East to the Fourth Street Exit, exit number
At the top of the ramp, you will be on Third
Stay in the left hand lane and go one block.
You will be at Fourth Street, one way going to the
Stay on Fourth Street for twelve traffic lights
You will then come upon Nationwide Boulevard on your
Turn Left, and the Hyatt Regency / convention center
will be at the end of the block on the Right.
Immediately to the left is the Crowne Plaza
Directions to the
Homestead from Columbus
Return to I70 East.
Follow I70 East to Rt. 37 Granville.
At the top of the ramp, turn Left on Rt. 37.
Follow Rt. 37 to Rt. 16 East.
Take Rt. 16 East all the way to the Manufacturing
Campus. Stop on the way and get a grand tour of our
When going to Dresden
from the Manufacturing Campus
Turn Left out of the Manufacturing Campus on Rt. 16
Follow to the next traffic light, SR 60.
Turn Right at the Light.
Follow to the next traffic light (McDonald’s is on
your right) and turn Left.
Follow a few blocks to Main Street of Dresden!
Transportation and Arrival in
If you have not already talked
to others attending the Bee, it is highly
recommended that several of you carpool together
and/or caravan to Columbus. This makes the
adventure more economical and fun!
Time to BEE PREPARED!
While wandering around the
house doing "Stuff" get that suitcase out put in on
the floor in your bedroom and start dropping things
in it that you need to BEE prepared like the
Your consultant name tag (till
you get the official badge--especially if traveling
by bus with a group).
While you may be printing
labels for a show or mailing how about labels for
your Homestead post cards to send to your favorite
hostess/customers Or labels for the back of some of
your business cards saying "You met at Bee in 2003"
Pack the right stuff
Your BEE registration
BEE luggage tags and/or
Fabric swatches, paint chips
and wall paper swatches for matching with our home
Inventory your baskets ahead
of time, so you will BEE ready with repairs or
purchasing additional accessories.
If you are traveling by car or
bus time to visit Costco Cost Cutters or just the
supermarket to buy bottled water for the long drive
plus any snacks you may eat all week long
Here is a list I use to pack
by bag just as a double check. You may not need all
of it but some are suggestions. Some repeat
depending on how you travel.