Nail Tech Event of the Smokies

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The Event changes yearly!  Please review this page so you'll know what to expect!



Q.) Do I need to bring my ticket? 

A.) YES!

  • Print your Eventbrite ticket & show it at the door to gain entry.
  • Or download the FREE Eventbrite app on your iPhone or Android to find your ticket info & show it at the door.
  • Be prepared to show your beauty license & photo ID!

Q.) Are you sure I need to bring my ticket, beauty license & photo ID? 

A.) YES! Please be prepared by having these items out & ready to show:

        1) your ticket
        2) professional beauty license
        3) photo ID

Q.) Can I pay at the door because I missed the registration deadline?

A.) Yes, but it's CASH ONLY & you must show your professional beauty license along with a photo ID. 

                    To streamline the registration process, please have those items out & ready to show!


Q. Can I get a refund because I can't attend now?

A.) NO. 

Q.) Can we bring guests, children, or spouses?

A.) NO!  This is a 'professionals only' Event.  Be prepared to show your beauty license & photo ID!

Q.) How do I get free nail goodies?

A.) Some companies MAY offer free nail samples & some may not. Companies are NOT REQUIRED to give their
      merchandise away for free.


Q.) When should I arrive? 

A.) The Event doors open on Sunday, July 10th at 8:30am with entry to the show floor at 9:00am.

Q.) How does the 'early check-in' process work?

        The 1 day early check-in is on  Saturday, July 9th from 1:00pm - 4:00pm only. Save time on The Event day &
        gain rapid entry into the Nail Talk Radio foyer by receiving your wrist band 1 day early!

        Wear your wrist band to The Event on July 10th & show it to security as you bypass standing in line!
        If you lose/forget your wrist band, you MUST PURCHASE ANOTHER ONE at full price ($70 cash only)! 
        Sorry, NO exceptions!

      *If you're in a Saturday Workshop Class or otherwise cannot take advantage of the early cheek-in from 1:00 -4:00pm on
       Saturday, July 9th, then you'll just check-in on Sunday, July 10th beginning at 8:30am.


Per the GCC rules - NO attendee can enter the building before a security guard is on duty!
                                         Unfortunately if you arrive before 8:30am, be prepared to stand outside even if it's raining.


Q) Where do I park?

     The GCC has no on-site parking.  Nearby PAID parking lots range from $5 - $10 per day. Factor in travel time & arrive          early to get a parking spot. Remember, it's PEAK tourist season & parking lots fill up FAST!                                        


Q.) Where do we enter the Gatlinburg Convention Center?

A). Enter the GCC at the newer Mills Conference Center, located on Historic Nature Trail (Traffic light #8).
      Look for our sign & enter thru those doors.  The Event is held in the fabulous Mills Auditorium.

      The Event sign will NOT be on the Parkway since our convention is in the newer Mills section of the GCC. Other
      conventions being held in the older section of the GCC utilize the Parkway signs (per GCC's rules).



Q.) What do I wear to The Event?

A.) Please wear business-casual, work appropriate clothing.
      Do NOT dress in 
hootchie club attire!  
      Dress for 
      These candid photos will appear in trade magazines & on the web, so don't look ignorant.

      Our motto: When in doubt, don't wear it out!  
      Still unsure?

       Here are some tasteful guidelines:

                                           *  Capris & walking shorts are fine.

                                           *  Mini skirts & Daisey Dukes are not!

                                           *  Cleavage needs to be kept under wraps, which includes the rear cleavage as well.


                                           *  Stomachs are not to be bared.

                                           *  Bras & underwear should be worn under your clothing.

                                           *  Clothing needs to fit your body, not be 2 sizes too small.  We each have our 
                                               own "problem areas", 
be it fat rolls or cellulite.  We don't need to see yours!

                                                                                      *actual photo taken at a beauty industry trade show!

                                        *Remember -  This is NOT an audition for TLC's "What Not to Wear"!                                                  
                                                                          Please don't 
embarrass yourself or others.                                                                     
                                                                                           Dress appropriately!

                               *   People caught violating the rules of common decency run the risk of seeing photos of 
unfortunate clothing choices posted on "The Wall of Shame".....aka Facebook.
                                 Remember, everyone has a cell phone camera now days!




Q.) Can we buy products at The Event? 

A.) Yes! Bring cash (1's, 5's & 10's) & credit/debit cards. Some companies will NOT accept checks!

      To sell or not to sell 
product is determined by each company. 
All companies are encouraged to sell products. If you're
      disgruntled that a company was NOT selling product, gripe to that company......not to us!

      Companies NEED attendees to buy their products at The Event! If their sales are weak, they will NOT join us again.
      Show your loyalty to the participating companies that support us nail techs!






Q.) Will there be food served at The Event?

A.) YES!  A concession stand will be in the front gallery as you enter the GCC. Please make use of this NEW food vendor
      & don't waste valuable time leaving the GCC. The GCC does NOT allow outside food to be brought in.  

     Dining out sucks up 1-2 hours of your day. The Event happens only once a year, so make the most of it. Remember, you
     must be
 present to win a Door Prize & drawings are held throughout the day!



Q.) Can I leave The Event & then come back?

A.) Yes. Keep your wrist band on & don't take it off until you're ready to leave for good.  No wrist band = no entry!

Q.) Do I have to be present to win a door prize?

A.) Yes. The number on your wrist band must match the number on the drawn stub.  Sorry, we can't mail prizes. We            
                choose the Door Prize, THEN pick the number (sorry, no exchanges).

                Time your restroom breaks so you don't miss out!

DRAWING TIMES -    10:30am
   5:00pm Grand Prize drawing will be in the foyer at the Nail Talk Radio booth!

* If in an Event Day Class or the Competitions, please check at the main Registration window for these winning ticket numbers. These tickets drawn will be held until the next drawing so as to not overlap with the ongoing Classes/Comps. Only these unclaimed tickets will go back into the drawing for another chance.

Nail tech LePorsche Cannon from Bonaire, GA was the 2015 Grand Prize winner of $1400 of nail products sponsored by American International Industries & their TN distributor, AML Distribution (888) 556-8466!





Q.) Is there a bag check area so I don't have to carry purchases?

A.) No.

Q.) Can I sign up for Monday Workshop Classes DURING The Event?

A.) Yes,  BUT pre-registration is strongly encouraged!

      Classes may be canceled due to lack of perceived interest OR the class may sell out if you wait to pre-register! 

Q.) Can I get CEU's (Continuing Education Units) for taking the classes?

A.) No. 

Q.) Will Workshop Classes be held elsewhere besides the Gatlinburg Convention Center?

A.) MAYBE!  The GCC only has 13 classrooms, so some Event Workshops MAY be held offsite in hotel meeting rooms.
                 The Event will only promote current vendor's Saturday & Monday Workshop Classes!

Q.) How can we continue to get BIGGER & BETTER Door Prizes?

A.)  Contact the participating nail companies to say "THANK YOU"!
        Show your appreciation for their generosity & mention you found them at the Smoky Mtn. Event! C
ompanies NEED
        your feedback or they'll stop donating to us!







1)  The nail companies NEED to make a profit, otherwise they cannot afford to participate in future Events.

  •       The more products they sell, the more likely they will return. 
  •      Please delay buying your nail supplies until at The Event!  
  •      Support participating nail companies by purchasing products directly from them, plus avoid shipping costs!

2)  Bring plenty of business cards to exchange with others. There's no quicker way to be forgotten than to NOT have your           professional business cards with you!

3)  If you're interested in becoming an educator, mention it to your favorite company at The Event. They'll pass
your contact info to their educational director!

4)  Introduce yourself to others, especially if you see someone alone! This is one way to make new friends & enlarge
 network of contacts. A great place to start is in a class or at Nail Talk Radio's Meet & Greet!             






4)  Need a roommate or to carpool?  
      Post your request on our Event Facebook page at


5)  Restaurants have a longer wait in this resort town. Be prepared to spend 1-2 hours on your dining experience.
      You may finish sooner,
 but then again you may not. Why not just snack at the concession stand during The Event?

 The Event is truly going to be fabulous, thanks to each & every one of you! 



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