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Consigning Books and Other Products to Local Retailers

Consigning Books and Other Products to Local Retailers (June 17, 2021)
Content related to the education session Consigning Books and Other Products to Local Retailers, Top Ten Things.
Topic:
  • Operations
Tags:
  • Owners and Managers

Consigning out books or other products to local merchants allows you to reach different locations and markets and enables you to strengthen the quality of your brand. Join a conversation with booksellers who regularly consign books to other merchants and know firsthand what the benefits and challenges are. They will share tips for getting started and suggestions for maintaining a vibrant business through consigning products. This session will also include discussion on and samples of operating agreements and other important documents. 



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Consigning Books and Other Products to Local Retailers (June 17, 2021)
Content related to the education session Consigning Books and Other Products to Local Retailers, Top Ten Things.
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Topic:
  • Operations
Tags:
  • Owners and Managers

Consigning out books or other products to local merchants allows you to reach different locations and markets and enables you to strengthen the quality of your brand. Join a conversation with booksellers who regularly consign books to other merchants and know firsthand what the benefits and challenges are. They will share tips for getting started and suggestions for maintaining a vibrant business through consigning products. This session will also include discussion on and samples of operating agreements and other important documents. 



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Business Models: Cooperatives

Business Models: Cooperatives (May 13, 2021)
Content related to the education session Business Models: Cooperatives, Top Ten Things.
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If you have considered making a change to your current business model, this discussion is for you! Join a conversation with booksellers and experts who will provide information on starting a new co-op bookstore or transitioning an existing bookstore to a co-op.
 
Moderator: Liza Minno Bloom, Asbury Book Cooperative (Asbury Park, NJ);  Panelists: Matt Feinstein, Co-op Clinic Program Manager, U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives (Grafton, MA); Lisa Swayze, Buffalo Street Books (Ithaca, NY); Libertie Valance, Firestorm Books and Coffee (Asheville, NC)
Business Models: Cooperatives (May 13, 2021)
Content related to the education session Business Models: Cooperatives, Top Ten Things.
Topic:
  • Operations
Tags:
  • Owners and Managers
If you have considered making a change to your current business model, this discussion is for you! Join a conversation with booksellers and experts who will provide information on starting a new co-op bookstore or transitioning an existing bookstore to a co-op.
 
Moderator: Liza Minno Bloom, Asbury Book Cooperative (Asbury Park, NJ);  Panelists: Matt Feinstein, Co-op Clinic Program Manager, U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives (Grafton, MA); Lisa Swayze, Buffalo Street Books (Ithaca, NY); Libertie Valance, Firestorm Books and Coffee (Asheville, NC)

Business Models: Nonprofits

Business Models: Nonprofits (April 29, 2021)
Content related to the education session Business Models: Nonprofits, Top Ten Things.
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  • Operations
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Whether your store is new or long established, it can be profitable to consider how your store could be structured differently than your current business model. Join a conversation with booksellers who will provide information on starting a new nonprofit bookstore or transitioning an existing bookstore to a nonprofit.

 

This conversation is moderated by Veronica Liu, Founder Collective Member & General Coordinator, Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria (New York, NY). Presenters include: Jamie Rogers Southern, Executive Director, Bookmarks (Winston-Salem, NC); Jeff Martin, Founder, Magic City Books and Booksmart Tulsa (Tulsa, OK); Jeff Deutsch, Director, Seminary Co-op Bookstores (Chicago, IL); Praveen Madan, CEO, Kepler's Books and Magazines (Menlo Park, CA)

Business Models: Nonprofits (April 29, 2021)
Content related to the education session Business Models: Nonprofits, Top Ten Things.
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Topic:
  • Operations
Tags:
  • Owners and Managers

Whether your store is new or long established, it can be profitable to consider how your store could be structured differently than your current business model. Join a conversation with booksellers who will provide information on starting a new nonprofit bookstore or transitioning an existing bookstore to a nonprofit.

 

This conversation is moderated by Veronica Liu, Founder Collective Member & General Coordinator, Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria (New York, NY). Presenters include: Jamie Rogers Southern, Executive Director, Bookmarks (Winston-Salem, NC); Jeff Martin, Founder, Magic City Books and Booksmart Tulsa (Tulsa, OK); Jeff Deutsch, Director, Seminary Co-op Bookstores (Chicago, IL); Praveen Madan, CEO, Kepler's Books and Magazines (Menlo Park, CA)

New Labor Laws and Best Practices in the Time of COVID (materials available)

New Labor Laws and Best Practices in the Time of COVID (materials available) (February 20, 2021)
Content related to the education session New Labor Laws and Best Practices in the Time of COVID (materials available), Winter Institute 2021.
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Join Pinnacle Human Resources President Rose Miller and Senior HR Consultant John Kelly as they highlight best practices for managing staff in the age of COVID. Miller and Kelly will offer a practical approach and best practices for administering federal and state leave-of-absence laws (with or without the presence of COVID); insight around vaccine hesitancy and availability; and an overview of the importance of updating your policies and procedures.
Panelists: Rose Miller, President of Pinnacle Human Resources; John Kelly, Senior HR Consultant, Pinnacle Human Resources

Neurodiversity at Work (materials available)

Neurodiversity at Work (materials available) (February 20, 2021)
Content related to the education session Neurodiversity at Work (materials available), Winter Institute 2021.
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Neurodiversity is a broad concept and one that covers a multitude of neurological variations. This conversation with neurodiverse individuals and advocates will provide context for Wi16 attendees who are not aware of neurodiversity and the challenges and concerns neurodiverse employees experience in the workplace and customers experience in the store. If you identify as neurodiverse, need direction around communicating with neurodiverse staff or customers, or are simply interested in learning more about neurodiversity, this session is for you.
Panelists: Emily Autenrieth, A Seat at The Table Books (Elk Grove, CA); Ed Thompson, CEO, Uptimize; Katy Alexander, Global Director of Marketing & Communications, Digital Science; Jory Fleming, author of How to Be Human: An Autistic Man's Guide to Life (Simon & Schuster)

Keynote: “What Now!?” With Brené Brown 

Keynote: “What Now!?” With Brené Brown  (February 20, 2021)
Content related to the education session Keynote: “What Now!?” With Brené Brown , Winter Institute 2021.
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  • Operations
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  • Owners and Managers

Join bestselling author, podcaster, and research professor Dr. Brené Brown for a conversation with one of our own — Janet Geddis, owner of Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia — as they discuss what’s next for booksellers. While 2020 is behind us, we’re burnt out, vulnerable, and we have (in Dr. Brown’s words) maxed out our surge capacity. How do we move forward from a place of vulnerability, resilience, and courage? Along the way, how do we stay true to our heart songs, the things that we value and that drive us — our communities, our colleagues, antiracism, social responsibility, and, always, our love for books? This conversation will include a Q&A. Dr. Brené Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston and visiting professor at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. She is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers, most recently Dare to Lead, and the host of the Unlocking Us and Dare to Lead podcasts. Janet Geddis is a business owner at Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia, as well as a patient advocate/content creator under the moniker “The Migraine Girl.” Janet is a public speaker, writer, and frequent podcast/radio show contributor for numerous outlets, including iHeartMedia & NPR.

Managing Online Sales Growth

Managing Online Sales Growth (February 19, 2021)
Content related to the education session Managing Online Sales Growth, Winter Institute 2021.
Topic:
  • Operations
Tags:
  • Technology

Independent bookstores have seen massive online sales growth since March 2020. How are stores managing order fulfillment, customer support, shipping, returns, and all the other complexities of running a busy ecommerce website — while running a bookstore?

This session will explore how bookstores are successfully fulfilling their online sales. The panel will consist of booksellers from small and large stores who are managing high-volume online sales on a variety of ecommerce-enabled platforms. Topics will include what they learned over the past year as well as shortcuts and tips that are making their lives easier. The panel will be moderated by Senior Manager of IndieCommerce Geetha Nathan. There will also be time allotted for Q&A. If you are struggling with managing your store's online orders or looking for tips to make things easier, this session is definitely for you.
Panelists: Geetha Nathan, ABA (White Plains, NY); Jamie Thomas, Women & Children First (Chicago, IL); Luis Correa, Avid Bookshop (Athens, GA); Lexi Beach, Astoria Bookshop (Astoria, NY); Warren Lee, 44th and 3rd Bookseller (Norcross, GA); Cheryl Lee, 44th and 3rd Bookseller (Norcross, GA)

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