Gannon University’s Small Business Development Center Hosts Retail Workshop

SBDC logoPosted: 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