Winter Institute

18 Nov

ABA Unveils Updated Winter Institute Schedule and Presenters

This week, ABA provides a full update of the schedule for the Sixth Annual Winter Institute, sponsored by the Ingram Content Group, to run from January 19 - 21, 2011, in Washington, D.C.

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11 Nov

Winter Institute Session Aims to Stir Booksellers’ Passions

The Wi6 session “Linked by Passion: Growing Sales Through Local Retail Partnerships” will examine the positive marketing and sales potential of cross-promotions through the insights and experiences of an indie bookseller and that of the branding and identity firm Brains on Fire.

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02 Nov

Wi6 Fully Booked: Waiting List Forming

ABA’s 2011 Winter Institute – to be held in Washington, D.C., from January 19 - 21 – is fully booked, and a waiting list is now forming. The sixth annual education event  is sponsored by the Ingram Content Group and is open exclusively to ABA bookstore and provisional members.

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27 Oct

Winter Institute Almost Sold Out!

Registration for ABA’s 2011 Winter Institute is now almost booked to capacity. Booksellers who don’t want to be closed out are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

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21 Oct

SBA Administrator and PBS NewsHour Host Featured in Wi6 Legislative Day Keynote

This week, ABA announced that Karen Mills, the administrator of the Small Business Administration, and PBS’ Jim Lehrer will be the featured speakers at the opening, keynote event for the first day at Winter Institute 2011.

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18 Oct

Wi6: Tell Us What You Think

ABA members who are registered for the sixth Winter Institute are asked to complete a survey that will help the association schedule education sessions for the January 19 - 21 event.

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14 Oct

Winter Institute Features Five Receptions

ABA’s Sixth Annual Winter Institute offers member booksellers an array of exclusive educational sessions and special events, including receptions at the close of each day.

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06 Oct

Travel Discounts Available for Booksellers Attending Wi6

Amtrak, American Airlines, and Delta Airlines are offering discounted fares in time for Wi6 travel.

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30 Sep

Noted Retail Consultant Bob Phibbs to Present Winter Institute Keynote

Bob Phibbs, a nationally recognized expert on business strategy, customer service, sales, and marketing – and the author of The Retail Doctor's Guide to Growing Your Business: A Step-by-Step Approach to Quickly Diagnose, Treat, and Cure (Wiley) – will be the keynote speaker on Thursday, January 20, at the upcoming ABA Winter Institute.

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30 Sep

Workman Sponsors Drabyak Fellowship to Winter Institute

ABA has announced the creation of the Joe Drabyak Frontline Fellowship to the Winter Institute to be sponsored for the first three years by Workman Publishing. The fellowship will be awarded annually to one bookseller and will provide airfare, lodging, meals, and conference registration.

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22 Sep

Publishers Sponsor Winter Institute Scholarships

More than 30 publishers have signed on as sponsors for ABA’s Sixth Annual Winter Institute. Thanks to their support, dozens of scholarships will be awarded to booksellers at ABA member stores. Lead sponsorship for Wi6 is provided by the Ingram Content Group.

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15 Sep

Winter Institute Registration Off to Record Start

Registration for ABA's Winter Institute, which began last week, is off to an unprecedented start. The sixth annual educational event – sponsored by Ingram Content Group – is already more than 25 percent booked to capacity.

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08 Sep

Winter Institute 6 Registration Opens

Registration is now open for ABA's Sixth Annual Winter Institute, to be held from Wednesday, January 19, through Friday, January 21, 2011, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. This educational event – sponsored by Ingram – is a member benefit exclusively for ABA bookstore and provisional members.

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25 Aug

Domnitz Scholarship Open to 2010 ABACUS Participants

For the second year, ABA will award the Avin Mark Domnitz Scholarship to the Winter Institute in honor of its former CEO's wide-ranging contributions to independent bookselling. The scholarship to the Sixth Annual Winter Institute is open to the owners and regular employees of bookstores that submit their 2009 financial data to the ABACUS Survey.

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03 Mar

Bookstore Self-Exam Proves Invaluable

At last month's Winter Institute, there was the planned, organized education, and then there was unplanned, spontaneous education. At the "Customer Surveys" session led by ABA COO Len Vlahos, "someone brought up Paco Underhill's book Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping(S&S)] and asked if anyone had hired a consultant to review their store," Christie Olson Day told BTW.

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