The tiny single-day conference was tucked in the back of a college conference center. I greeted vendors as they shoved ham biscuits and watery coffee into their faces. I asked questions nobody answered. I can hear Maya Angelou whispering in my ear, "I did then what I knew how to do. now that I know better, I do better".
Right when I was wishing I had stayed home, another attendee over hearing my dilemma guided me to the right table. Asked to share data insights learned at the national level with my local medicare/medicaid office--I decided to certify my business.
A quick business tip--when you travel--find the local museum. If time is tight see if you can at least breeze through the museum shop. It can restore your humanity.