• 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. 


    Presentation on "Creating a Welcoming Environment in Your Business"

    July 12, 2018

    Featuring guest speaker Monica Khetarpal, attorney and Principal at Jackson Lewis.  Make sure that your business is sending welcoming signals to all your potential customers, drawing on the wisdom of an expert in the subject. Monica is co-chair of the Asian-American Resource Group at Jackson Lewis and a published author on “Jurors’ Perceptions of Gender-Based Linguistic Differences.”



  • 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.