Donald E Stephens Convention Center - Rosemont , Illinois



All-Day Event

Thursday, March 3, 2005, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Build Profits with the NEW

Jump Start 2005   All-Day Event 


In today’s highly competitive marketplace, success in business involves more than just stocking shelves and selling products.  Jump Start 2005 will provide you with the basic tools you need to build new profit centers, choose new products, and establish criteria for performing or retail business expansion. You'll also have an  unequaled opportunity to network with industry leaders. In addition, Jump Start 2005 is the perfect place to learn how to locate, hire and supervise contracted entertainers and train your own staff to perform.  Experts will help you expand into new profit centers for Gift Baskets and Balloon Décor.


Attendees will learn in fun, lively, and inspiring ways with all-day tracts in:

·                    Balloon Twisting  for family entertainers, Tradeshow and conventions, uses with balloon décor

·               Hands-on Balloon Décor you will help put together a complete event!  You will help build a special event!

·               Gift Basket Designing  both gift baskets and candy bouquets will be on the menu for the day!

·                 Face and Body Painting   We will cover building profit designs and building your comfort zone creations.

·                  Profit Centers & Business Management   are both matters that require good pre-planning, goal setting and organization. 

·                    Clowning   ideas will add new depth and interest to your family entertainment programs.


Mix & Match Classes To Suit Your Needs  

You may attend classes in any tract.


  Classes Taught by Celebration Industry Leaders


Christopher Agostino  - Face and Body Painting – New York


Maxine Baird - Celebration Industry Educator,   Networker - Idaho


Jennifer "Sparks" Bell   - Face Painting, Temporary Tattoos,    Clowning - Canada


Esther Beris - Business Management, Clowning – Ohio


Ed Chee - Diamond Jam Host, Balloon Twisting, Media Production – Arizona


Paul “Chuckles” Chuddy  - Face Painting, Family Entertaining, Balloon Twisting – New York


Gary Cole  -  Snazaroo, Face Painting, Business Management - Texas


Jane Harris  - Balloon Twisting – Illinois


Mary Ann Jacobs  -  Gift Baskets  Arizona


Jamie Jeffryes -  Balloon Décor – Hawaii


Connie Mason – Candy Baskets – Illinois


Rich Mohr  -  Balloon Twisting – Illinois


Phillip Morris - Costumes - South Carolina


Ken "Flash" Stillman, Balloon Twisting, California


 RoByn “Moogie” Thompson  - Face Painting, Balloon Twisting, Clowning – New Jersey


Dale Obrochta  -  Balloon Twisting, Internet Marketing – Illinois


Genevieve "Jinny" Gagne- Face & Body Painting-Canada


       and other great artists, educators and party pros!  


Speakers and topics are subject to change without notice.

Price Includes:

Continental breakfast

 *    Classes with celebration industry leaders

*   Round table box lunch with a celebration leader

*   Full set of class notes on CD

*   Halloween, Costume & Party Show VIP Badge

*   Goody bags with samples and door prizes  

*  Free admission to the Jump Start Jam, Thursday night.


Cost $165 per person

$150 for second or more from same company

$190 for on-site registration


For registration form:

Click here and download "Party Seminars" form. 


Presented by TransWorld Exhibits, Inc.

Produced by  

Balloons-n-Funtimes .com 





 Complete Schedule for Jump Start 2005

Thursday, March 3, 2005

8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


For Everyone!


8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast 
Welcome by Paul “Chuckles” Chudy, Clown Central, 
Cheektowaga, NY and 
Maxine Baird,, Pocatello, ID

 8:30 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.   
Marketing Make-Over Interactive Event
Presented by: Esther Beris, Clown Marketing Institute, Madison, OH

 12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Choose-Your-Topic Round Table Luncheon
You are invited to select the host or luncheon topic of your choice. 
(Seating at each table is limited.)  

Christopher Agostino -  Building Face Painting Magic with Story-Telling 
Maxine Baird – Building Profit Centers with Costumes and More
Jennifer "Sparks" Bell – Building Your Clown Character
Esther Beris – Building a Big Bank Account for Your Small Business
Paul “Chuckles” Chudy – Crowd Control for Beginners
Ed Chee – Producing In-House Educational, Product and Promotional DVDs  
Jane Harris –The "Stupid-Free Zone” for Twisters
Mary Ann Jacobs – Inventory Shopping is Not for Sissies  
Dale Obrochta – Adding WOW to Your Internet Presence  
RoByn “Moogie” Thompson – Adding Body Art to Your Portfolio


Balloon Decorators Tract

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.      


Hands-on Balloon Decor– Part 1

Presented by: Jamie Jeffryes, Innovative Balloon Technologies, Honolulu , HI

 Here's your chance to sharpen your decorating techniques by working with a master balloonist and his staff to create décor for the TransWorld Fashion Show and Tradeshow booths. Then, put these newly-acquired skills to work to improve your own design business.  This is a unique hands-on opportunity for you to gain experience designing classic décor such as arches, columns, balloon walls, and special balloon effects. (Periodic breaks will be taken as necessary.)


2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.     

Hands-on Balloon Decor– Part 2

Presented by: Jamie Jeffryes, Innovative Balloon Technologies, Honolulu , HI

Lunch break's over! It's back to work. But in addition to the invaluable "apprentice" experience you'll receive, you'll also be given a special packet of notes. Plus, you'll able to add the experience to your résumé and document it for your portfolio (don't forget your camera!).  Work hard, because a special 4 p.m. treat awaits you.


Balloon Twisters Tract

 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

Balloon Twisting 101 (For Beginners)

Presented by: Jane Harris, DGEIGN Balloon Twister, Chicago, IL


When you are a total beginner but want to learn how to twist balloons, this is the class for you. Did you know that there are special techniques for properly inflating a balloon and tying it before you can even begin twisting? Well, this is where you'll learn all basics necessary to start your career as a balloon twisting professional.   

Balloon Twisting 201 (For Intermediate Twisters)
Presented by: Ed Chee, DiamondStorm, Inc. Phoenix, AZ   

So you can twist a dog—now what?  With a simple twist of the wrist you'll learn easy techniques for turning balloons into bucks. This hands-on class will be a boon to those who know the basics but are ready to move on to more complex designs .

Twisted Hats, Hats and More Hats!   (For Intermediate or Advanced Twisters)
Presented by: Rick Mohr, The Balloon Man, Elk Grove, IL

Grandiose, gigantic, goofy or glamorous – any mood or theme can be matched with a twisted balloon hat design.  A twister of countless talents will show you the ways and means of creating hats that will be more than "tops." 

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The Business of Balloon Twisting Roundtable (For Twisters of All Levels)

Hosted by Paul “Chuckles” Chudy with Ed Chee, Rick Mohr, and Dale Obrochta 

Quiz the experts! Here's your chance to learn from some of the business's best about how to inflate your profits through marketing, pricing, promotion, staffing, and sales.




2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Awesome Balloon Super Heroes – Part 1 

Presented by Ken "Flash" Stillman, Awesome Balloons, Carlsbad, CA (for Pioneer Balloon Company)   

Are you ready for the newest twists in the world of Cartoon Balloon Characters?  Ken Stillman, acknowledged as one of the greatest cartoon stylists in the world, is ready to reveal his newest and most exciting cartoon characters ever – "The Awesome Balloons Super Heroes Series."  To stay ahead of the competition, you won't want to miss this seminar.


Intermediate Balloons Designs - Part 1
Presented by: Dale Obrochta, MBD2, Orland Hills, IL                             
Ready to bust out of your basic balloon biz? Here's your chance to learn advanced twists and turns with new techniques along with marketing and promotions content that will inflate your business's bottom line.


4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Awesome Balloon Super Heroes - Part 2

Continue to learn the tricks and twists that will put you in demand in your community whether you live in a Metropolis or Smallville.

Intermediate Balloons Design - Part 2

Being a top twister requires more than just talent and desire. It's essential to acquire the success strategies you'll learn in this second session for the more advanced balloon twisting artist.


Clowning Tract

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Clowning – Doing it Right - Part 1I
Presented by: Jennifer "Sparks" Bell, Make-Em-Laugh, Toronto, Canada

Quit clowning around just for fun! Now's your chance to do it for profit with this beginner's primer on make-up, costumes, marketing and promotions. 


11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Clowning – Doing it Right - Part 2

Continue to advance taking your hobby and turning it into a successful clowning business.



2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.   

Building Profits with Birthday Parties & Corporate Events 

RoByn "Moogie" Thompson, Moogieland, Somerville, NJ (Left)

and Maxine Baird,, Pocatello, ID

Bored with your business or bottom line? Learn the ways and means to add new profit centers to your list of services. In this session you will be able to add a variety of skills to your clowning menu.


4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.   

Twisting Balls for Creative Clowning

Presented by: Jane Harris, DGEIGN Balloon Twister, Chicago, IL

Twisting balls are fun, in demand and Jane Harris can teach you how to make them in this hands-on session. A big part of clowning is creating whimsical balloon designs and you will thrill your audience with these fun creations. 


The Changing Costume Market 

Presented by: Phillip Morris, The Morris Costume Company, Charlotte, SC

 The future of costumes in the celebration industry will be addressed by one of the costume field's leaders. You'll learn about costume creation, usage and the business you can build with costumes and accessory products. 


Face Painters Tract

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

Basics of Face Painting - Part 1
Presented by: Paul “Chuckles” Chudy, Clown Central,
Cheektowaga, NY


If you've ever thought about starting your own face painting business, this is your basic primer about what it takes to get started.  From products to procedures to profits, this is an essential session to creating magic and money with paints. 

Swirls and Twirls: Techniques for Today - Part 1
Presented by: Genevieve “Jinny” Gagne, Montreal, Canada, (for Mehron, Inc. and Paradise Paints)

What's hot and what's not can change with the seasons. That means your repertoire must be filled with a rainbow of styles, colors, products and techniques to keep up with your clients' desires. In this class, you'll have a chance to learn from a red-hot face painter the skills necessary to stay current with your clients and keep your cash box filled with green. 


11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Basics of Face Painting - Part 2

Come back to learn more about making money with your beginning face painting business.

Swirls and Twirls: Techniques for Today Part 2

Delve deeper into the techniques you need to create swirls, twirls and tons of money.



2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.  

You Are Not Just a Facepainter, You Are an Artist
Presented by: Christopher Agostino, Transformation Face & Body Painting,  Baldwin,  NY (for Kryolan)   

In this informative session you'll learn about elevating the artistry of your face painting and the respect it can bring to you in the marketplace. You'll also be taught how to separate yourself from your competition by adding depth, quality and style to your work. 

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  

3-to-5-Minute Profit Plus Faces
Presented by: Gary Cole, Snazaroo, Lewisville, TX

When you're working with a price-per-face factor, time is money, so you have to work fast. But speed doesn't mean you'll have to sacrifice quality. In this fast-paced seminar, you'll learn about specialty products, sponging and speedy skills.


Gift Basket Tract  


9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.     

The Three Elements of Gift Baskets: Beauty, Ease and Function Part 1

Presented by: Mary Ann Jacobs,, Tucson, AZ 


Crafting a best-selling basket isn't just a matter of price or prowess. In this session you'll learn simple techniques to design cash creations.  


11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  

The Three Elements of Gift Baskets: Beauty, Ease and Function -  Part 2


Your opportunity to learn to turn baskets into bushels of money continues.




 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. 

Candy Bouquets                               

Presented by: Connie Mason, Connie’s Gift Works, Chicago, IL


Add sweet profits with adorable candy gift basket arrangements that are perfect for cash-n-carry customers or desirable deliveries.



 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

Ask and You Shall Receive!       

Presented by: Mary Ann Jacobs,, Tucson, AZ  


Learn how to make an effective sales call and leave with a new client to add to your database.  Discover the simple secrets to creating gift baskets that sell.



Business Marketing Tract


This afternoon-only track is open 

to any Jump Start attendee


2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.   


Business BootCamp - Part 1
Presented by: Esther Beris, Clown Marketing Institute, Madison, OH

If you're serious about growing your specialty entertainment, gift or décor business, locating new profit centers, and learning innovative marketing techniques to attract new customers, this workshop is a must for your company's positive cash flow. 

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  

Business BootCamp - Part 2


Boot Camp's not over. There's more to learn and here's your rare chance to study with one of the celebration industry's leading marketing experts.

Speakers and topics are subject to change without notice.


For registration form:

Click here and download "Party Seminars" form. 


Any questions: E-mail [email protected]


For further information about


TransWorld's National Halloween, Costume and Party Show  

visit the site.


The Early Bird and Show Floor Presentations are here.



Visit Booth #1342

during trade show hours to meet several of the

Jump Start 2005 Presenters.