Amelia Painter Addresses Minnesota Innkeepers' Annual Conference in Fergus Falls

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The Minnesota Bed & Breakfast Association’s annual Innkeepers Conference is designed for those who are serious about their career as an innkeeper. The information, interaction with professionals in the industry as well as discussions with current innkeepers offer the participants the opportunity to advance their knowledge as innkeepers and stay on the cutting-edge of technology as more and more inn travelers plan their getaways and vacations online.

Amelia Painter, general manager of, a premier Web design and development firm, recently addressed a three-day conference for bed and breakfast professionals in Fesgus Falls, MN.

It was planned and organized by the Minnesota Bed and Breakfast Association (MBBA) – Suzanne Tweten is the seating President of the organization. MBBA requires all member inns be approved and inspected. Inspections are thorough in scope, covering safety and security items as well as appearance, comfort, and cleanliness. Food preparation, amenities and administrative items are also evaluated as part of the inspection. Every member inn must pass a rigorous inspection to insure compliance with Association standards.

Attendees traveled from all parts of the state to learn about new trends and issues affecting the B&B industry Presentations included subjects as diverse as travelers’ changing needs, insurance coverage for B&B’s, and creative ways to market inns on the Internet.

Speaking on the topics of Blogging and online Press Releases was Amelia Painter of Fostoria, Iowa, MBBA’s Webmaster and Internet Specialist. She is the General Manager of Since blogs are the latest trend on the Internet and MBBA's Web site will soon have a blog, Painter covered all aspects of Internet marketing with a blog and discussed how the Internet is affecting Iowa travelers and how innkeepers can meet the challenges and opportunities of the Web.

For example, a few years ago most Americans would learn about B&B’s through word-of-mouth and traditional advertising venues. These same traveler’s probably thought of bed and breakfasts as primarily quaint getaways for romantic couples. But today most B&B’s have a Web site and more and more innkeepers are offering amenities important to business travelers, such as high speed internet connections and work desks. Many B&B’s are “family friendly,” with bedrooms large enough to accommodate a family and nearby activities for children.

Since 1995, Painter has been creating unique solutions for its clients' Web design and development needs as well as writing and speaking on Internet Marketing issues.

Painter is also a staff writer for the national consumer magazine, Bed & Breakfast America. Each issue highlights premier inns across the country. Painter often travels for the magazine and has written about the outstanding bed and breakfast establishments Minnesota has to offer travelers. You can learn more about Painter’s speaking schedule and the magazine on her company’s Web site at:

If you would like to learn more about the bed and breakfast establishments across the state, visit -- it is sponsored by the Minnesota Bed and Breakfast Association. To receive a comprehensive Minnesota lodging guidebook free by mail, simply call 651-438-7499.


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