After outgrowing 2 venues within 4 years’ time, "The Event" made the leap in 2012 into the Gatlinburg Convention Center as a licensed LLC, nails-only trade show. Learning as we went, each year we cash-flowed expenses by rolling over profits saved from the prior year.
Thanks to the great word of mouth referrals from nail techs, educators & company owners alike, “The Event” grows larger, surpassing 500 attendees & 50 nail companies in 2016.
The Nail Tech Event of the Smokies began as an idea in 2007 by Kentucky nail tech Jill Wright to bring affordable & accessible nail education to our overlooked area of the South.
The resort town of Gatlinburg, TN was chosen because it's within a days drive for over 50%of the population East of the Mississippi & sees 9 million visitors a year to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is still FREE to experience.
"The Event Team" changes yearly & is comprised of FRIENDS & FAMILY volunteering their time to help run this grassroots show on a shoestring budget while operating with NO DEBT.
We are proof that anything's possible when the nail industry pulls together for the benefit of us all & we welcome you to join us as we create nail tech pride ...... one tech at a time!
NAILS magazine (August 8th, 2017 )
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Business Insider (Dec. 2015)
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NAILS magazine (Jan. 5th, 2014)
Nailpro magazine (Nov. 5, 2013)
NAILS magazine (Sept. 21, 2012)