Operations

Government Programs for Small Businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) encourages economic development in areas which are light on brick and mortar small businesses, and in 1998 created the Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program, where certified small businesses... more »

Legal Corner

Whether you have a brick and mortar store, an online store, or both, one key to protecting your business is having a terms and conditions document in place. Terms and conditions in a brick and... more »

Business 2 Business

Recently, we sat down with two retailers, Jamie Darling of Darling’s Fine Things in Newport, Arkansas and Marti Tolleson of Two Friends, in St. Simons Island, Georgia. They have formed a unique friendship over the... more »

Creating Customer Relationships

A woman came up to me after my keynote at a conference the other day asking how she could compete against online retailers. She relayed a story about how she spent time getting a shopper... more »

Ready… Set… Open (Part 2)

What’s in a name? If you are in retail, everything! The name of your store is the cornerstone of your brand. It will immediately suggest what folks will find inside or online. Not only that,... more »

Back to Basics

Foot traffic may be strong, inventory may be right and customer reviews online shout out that your store is stellar. Despite these strong attributes, however, sales don’t always add up to what you want them... more »

Plan Ahead by Looking Back

Reflecting on 2015 good way set goals for 2016 The start of a new year is a great time to assess what lies ahead as well as reflect on what you have most recently accomplished... more »

Broad-based coalition supports cotton amendment strengthening senate cybersecurity bill

A broad-based coalition of 10 associations led by the National Retail Federation sent a letter to Senate leadership in support of an amendment by Senator Tom Cotton to S. 754, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act... more »

Social Connections


Upcoming Trade Shows

July 24, 2018 - July 26, 2018

Medellín Gift Show

Medellín,
July 29, 2018 - August 2, 2018

Las Vegas Market (Summer)

Las Vegas, NV
July 29, 2018 - July 31, 2018

Gift at STYLEMAX (Summer)

Chicago, IL
August 3, 2018 - August 5, 2018

ACC Crafts Show – California

San Francisco, CA
August 4, 2018 - August 8, 2018

Home & Giving Fair – Melbourne

Melbourne,
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