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Professional Development – Don’t Just Stay Competitive, Excel as a Business Owner

As an RIA member, you will have access to face-to-face educational summits and complimentary webinars that offer industry best-practices and insight to keep you on the cutting-edge as a business owner.

RIA Educational Summits

RIA Summits have been successfully launched in 2018! These intensive training programs are designed to provide educational opportunities for retailers to improve business practices, share information with peers, and connect to brand sponsors. They are held in regional locations and led by industry experts. The small group format (20-25 participants) encourages dynamic dialogue and provides clear professional development benefits.   

The first of the series, The Art of Buying Summit, was a sell-out in both Boston and Indianapolis.

Upcoming Summits:

  • Merchandising Summit
  • Boulder, Colorado – August 8-10
  • This two-day training summit will help retail members build merchandising skills by offering:
  • Hands-on training
  • Peer sharing
  • Individual store analysis and advice
  • Vendor interaction
  • Networking
  • Extra-curricular programming

The goal is to provide tools for attendees to increase sales and profitability as well as for participants to earn an RIA Merchandising Certification.

Free Member Webinars

The RIA provides on-going training on relevant tools to keep our members up-to-date. These free monthly webinars, presented in partnership with associate members, cover a variety of business topics.

Webinar presentations include:  

  • Inventory and cash flow management
  • Best practices for buyers
  • Store Operations
  • Digital Marketing Trends
  • Leasing Advice  
  • Understanding MAP policies

Click below for the latest educational webinars from RICS!

RICS’ education content has proven to be receptive to our ideas. We like working with people that want to see us succeed. ~ Eric Ott, Owner, Geneva Running Outfitters

We love RICS because of the customer service and education they provide. Their retail webinars are terrific. ~ Brendan Barret, Owner, Sayville-Smithtown Running Co

THANK YOU for hosting the buying class. It helped me so much! My cash flow is better!! I am starting to look at and understand all the reports in RICS and making much smarter buying decisions. My turns have increased and I am rarely out of key sizes. Justin’s spreadsheets are the best! What a difference it has made in my life—less stress, less time spent blindly buying! ...the increased volume will help me increase my profit margins.  I am just feeling grateful for all the support, so I thought I would let you know. ~ Kim Hall, Totally Running and Walking

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