The Value of UGC Attendance

This User Group Conference is intended to help you bring success to your organization with Horizon Software.
What better way to learn best practices and foster new ideas about optimizing your school nutrition program than
meeting with industry experts and talking with your peers?


Why You Should Attend

You will come away from the conference equipped with tools to help you impact your organization in a positive way. At UGC you will have many opportunities for education and networking experiences.

  • Valuable training classes for users of all skill levels
  • Breakout sessions to learn about product updates
  • Introductions to new Horizon products and features
  • One-on-one time with hardware providers
  • SNA continuing education units (CEUs)
  • One-on-one support and advice for district-specific issues
  • Learning how other Horizon users put technology to use in their districts

With a little advance planning and some online research, you can find ways to save even more money and improve your chances of justifying your attendance.

Cost-Saving Tips

  • Register early and take advantage of Early Bird rates.
  • Don’t go hungry or spend a fortune on meals. A full conference registration package includes most meals.
  • Fly airlines offering special rates. If you book far enough ahead, you can sometimes find discounted flights at significant savings.
  • Share a room with a colleague and book your conference registration at the Shared Room rate.

Tips for Justifying UGC Attendance

Offer to share what you learned at the conference with the rest of your team when you return. Others can benefit from your attendance too!

Share conference materials, PowerPoint presentations, and handouts with your colleagues.

Explain what you plan to get out of attending and how that will benefit your work, organization, and customers.

Plan for who at your organization will cover for you while you are attending the conference.

Compare the cost of attending with the cost of attending another educational course, conference, or on-site training.

Letter to Your Supervisor

If you need help justifying UGC attendance to your management team, use this template to create your own email explaining the benefits.