Winter 2008
The Power of Networking By Patricia Norins

Where would we be without our support systems? I know as a publishing professional, I sometimes rely on business networks to bounce off ideas or to trade advice.

One of GIFT SHOP’s primary missions has always been to deliver quality business information that our readers can profit from. Our new online Retail Forum at is a logical extension of that mission.

The Forum leverages the power of the Internet to give you access to valuable business information—24/7, and for free!

Log on to to talk to fellow retailers and discuss common challenges and solutions; trade business tips and even get ideas for your next season’s window displays. The Retail Forum also connects you with our talented team of writers and editors and other industry experts.

I hope you will join us in the Forum and make it part of your essential business network. Here’s an added incentive to sign up: we’ll be raffling off a free video iPod Nano—one each for the months of January, February and March. Register to be a part of the forum and your name will be automatically entered to win.

So log on to and participate in GIFT SHOP’s new dynamic online network. I look forward to seeing you at the forum.

Patricia Norins
Publisher, GIFT SHOP

Patricia Norins

Norins is the founder and publisher of two national trade magazines and two trade shows. Specialty Retail Report, the voice of the specialty retail industry (carts, kiosks and temporary in-line stores) has a readership of more than 75,000 and GIFT SHOP, the magazine for independent gift shop owners, has a readership of more than 60,000. She also serves as consultant to small independent retailers across the country.

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