Gannon University’s Small Business Development Center Hosts Retail Workshop
Posted: September 17, 2015
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Gannon
University is hosting a two-part workshop on Monday, September 21
aimed at helping small retail businesses.
The morning session, from 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., was designed for
owners of convenience and corner stores and the economic
development and other professionals who work with them. The
afternoon session from 1 - 3 p.m. can help all small business
owners to develop a strong buy-local program. Attendees may attend
one or both sessions.
The workshop will be conducted by Ieva Grimm, owner and
president of SYNERGE, a consultancy specializing in retail
operations and innovation. Grimm is a convenience industry expert
with 15 years of retailing experience at all levels of the
industry, including more than 13 years at Sheetz, Inc.
The retail sector is a growing component of the Erie economy,
but with growth comes increasing competition, particularly from
large, well-capitalized national and international companies. At
the same time, small retailers are becoming more attractive than
ever to the time-starved, convenience-seeking consumer. The
combination of those two trends has added new pressures on store
managers to raise performance standards.
"This is not a seminar telling small retailers about how to run
a store," said Margaret Horne, director of the Gannon SBDC. "It is
about hearing how other small-format retailers are finding ways to
grow their sales, and about how to grow a business - not just
manage it. We want small retailers who attend to walk away at the
end of the day with two or three great ideas for adding profit to
their businesses right away."
Persons interested in the workshop may register at 814-871-7452
or by clicking here.