Affinity Group - Retail Roundtable
With a focus on retail businesses operating out of "brick and mortar" storefronts, the "Retail Roundtable" is an open discussion forum for sharing issues, ideas and best practices. Retail Roundtable meets every other month with a different topic. Roundtables are at MB Financial Bank, 7727 W. Lake Street in River Forest, from 8:30 - 9:45 am in odd-numbered months, usually on the second Thursday.
Topic: Creating an Exit Strategy for Your Business
January 18, 2018
With the exhausting holidays over, now is a good time to look into the future, Maybe it is long time away, but how do you make a successful "getaway?" It is never too early to start thinking about - and planning for - how you yourself might eventually transition OUT of your retail business.
Speakers will include Kellie Scott of Divine Consign, and Trends Oak Park; and Geraldine Healy of David King & Associates.
Topic: The Ins and Outs of Personnel Management
March 15, 2018
with Chere Taylor of Fulcrum HR and other speakers to be announced soon! Get an understanding of the legal and policy issues that need to guide managers in staff searches, hiring, firing, benefits and more.
Featured speaker Chere Taylor, CEO of Fulcrum HR, holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. Chere is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) and also holds a Senior Certified Professional certification (SHRM-SCP) from the Society of Human Resource Management. She brings comprehensive executive level human resource experience in the finance, banking and commercial real estate industries.
Topic: Teaching Staff how to Sell
May 10, 2018
Selling is an art, and teaching is an art. Learn how to bring them together to help your staff maximize their value in your business. Speakers TBA.
Panel Presentation on "Creating a Welcoming Environment in Your Business"
July 12, 2018
Speakers to be announced soon! Make sure that your business is sending welcoming signals to all your potential customers, drawing on the wisdom of our panel of local experts.
Topic: Strategic Gratitude
September 13, 2018
How does a retailer demonstrate thanks to customers in ways that are impactful, without being too costly or time-consuming? We'll share strategies that work! Speakers TBA.
Topic: the Village of Oak Park's Facade Rebate Program
November 8, 2018
How to apply, what's eligible for reimbursement, how much money is available, how does reimbursement work, and what are the criteria - we'll get all our questions answered! Speakers TBA.