The IMS purchasing and referral service known as the Design Connection continues to offer assistance to those guests of IMS that are not accompanied by a trade professional. The group volunteers their time to cover shifts, 10:00 – 4:00M-F, throughout the month. In the last quarter, management made refinements to the application process for participation in the program and recently Jane and Ann held the Design Connection annual meeting to review this administrative update. Additional agenda items included a review of program policies, members report on successful connections with consumers and an introduction of newly opened showrooms/businesses within IMS. Without their contributions we would not be able to maintain our design center’s purchasing and referral service. As always, we encourage showrooms to contact the front desk in situations that call for assistance from a designer when consumers visit the building. We are looking for a few new members to add to the roster. If you, as a qualified designer, are interested or know of a designer that you would recommend, please contact Jane Schluter firstname.lastname@example.org 612-843-2229 for information on the application process.