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Technology Meetup: Cyber Insurance with Arrowhead General Insurance Agency

Technology Meetup: Cyber Insurance with Arrowhead General Insurance Agency (July 9, 2020)
Content related to the education session Technology Meetup: Cyber Insurance with Arrowhead General Insurance Agency, ABA Technology Meetups.
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Topic:
  • Finance
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  • Technology
There are various insurance coverages that can assist in providing protections to you and your bookstore related to cyber threats. During this time of crisis, there has been a notable increase in the need for cyber security. Cyber threats can come in many forms (phishing, malware, extortion, viruses, etc.), and cyber insurance coverages come in many forms as well. The team from Arrowhead General Insurance Agency present information on cyber coverages and how these coverages can protect your bookstores. 
 
This is a general discussion concerning an important product coverage for retail business and booksellers specifically.  In the event of an actual claim, the facts surrounding a loss or suit and the policy terms in-force at time of loss or suit will be used to evaluate coverage response.
Technology Meetup: Cyber Insurance with Arrowhead General Insurance Agency (July 9, 2020)
Content related to the education session Technology Meetup: Cyber Insurance with Arrowhead General Insurance Agency, ABA Technology Meetups.
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Topic:
  • Finance
  • Operations
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There are various insurance coverages that can assist in providing protections to you and your bookstore related to cyber threats. During this time of crisis, there has been a notable increase in the need for cyber security. Cyber threats can come in many forms (phishing, malware, extortion, viruses, etc.), and cyber insurance coverages come in many forms as well. The team from Arrowhead General Insurance Agency present information on cyber coverages and how these coverages can protect your bookstores. 
 
This is a general discussion concerning an important product coverage for retail business and booksellers specifically.  In the event of an actual claim, the facts surrounding a loss or suit and the policy terms in-force at time of loss or suit will be used to evaluate coverage response.

Government Relief and Wage Requirements: What You Need to Know

Government Relief and Wage Requirements: What You Need to Know (April 16, 2020)
Content related to the education session Government Relief and Wage Requirements: What You Need to Know, Coffeebreak.
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Topic:
  • Finance
Tags:
  • Owners and Managers

Tom Jardim and Scott Salmon, experts in employment and labor law from the law firm Jardim, Meisner & Susser, P.C., will walk booksellers through the federal government relief and wage requirements recently passed in response to COVID-19. 

Jardim and Salmon will cover the relief for small businesses in the CARES Act such as the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, the Paycheck Protection Program, increased unemployment benefits, and tax/tax credit information. Additionally, the webinar will cover wage and hour requirements in part implemented by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Government Relief and Wage Requirements: What You Need to Know (April 16, 2020)
Content related to the education session Government Relief and Wage Requirements: What You Need to Know, Coffeebreak.
Topic:
  • Finance
Tags:
  • Owners and Managers

Tom Jardim and Scott Salmon, experts in employment and labor law from the law firm Jardim, Meisner & Susser, P.C., will walk booksellers through the federal government relief and wage requirements recently passed in response to COVID-19. 

Jardim and Salmon will cover the relief for small businesses in the CARES Act such as the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, the Paycheck Protection Program, increased unemployment benefits, and tax/tax credit information. Additionally, the webinar will cover wage and hour requirements in part implemented by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Finance: Cost Cutting with ABACUS

Finance: Cost Cutting with ABACUS (January 22, 2020)
Content related to the education session Finance: Cost Cutting with ABACUS , Winter Institute 2020.
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  • Finance
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  • ABACUS

ABACUS is the financial benchmarking survey that provides actionable, store-specific financial data as well as overall data on the financial health of independent bookstores for those who submit to the survey. Whether or not you submit, you will find this session full of helpful guidelines and suggestions for increasing store profitability. Not sure what ABACUS is or if it’s applicable to you? This is the perfect place to find your answers. Panelists: Pete Mulvihill, Green Apple Books (San Francisco, CA), Donna Garban, Little City Books (Hoboken, NJ), Suzanna Hermans, Oblong Books and Music (Millerton, NY), Angela Schwesnedl, Moon Palace Books (Minneapolis, MN)

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Operations & Finances: Utilizing Co-op

Operations & Finances: Utilizing Co-op (June 28, 2019)
Content related to the education session Operations & Finances: Utilizing Co-op , Children's Institute 2019.
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  • Finance
  • Operations
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  • Owners and Managers

“Co-op” is a word booksellers often hear from publishers, but it can be quite confusing to try to decipher what it is. In this session, bookstores that maximize their spending using co-op dollars will share with attendees:

  • What co-op is
  • Where co-op comes from
  • How a store can save by using their accrued co-op dollars

Jenny Cohen, Waucoma Bookstore (Hood River, OR)

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Operations & Finances: Intro to ABACUS: The Independent Bookstore's Benchmarking Report

Operations & Finances: Intro to ABACUS: The Independent Bookstore's Benchmarking Report (June 28, 2019)
Content related to the education session Operations & Finances: Intro to ABACUS: The Independent Bookstore's Benchmarking Report , Children's Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Finance
  • Operations
Tags:
  • ABACUS
  • Owners and Managers

The ABACUS benchmarking report is designed to provide easy-to-understand guidelines for identifying independent bookstore business performance improvement opportunities. If you have never participated in the survey and would like to learn more about reporting to ABACUS-19, which will open in spring 2020, this session will teach you:

  • The importance of reporting to ABACUS
  • Information you need to prepare to complete the report
  • Best practices from booksellers who reported their store's numbers to the 2018 ABACUS
  • Actionable steps to take when you return home to prepare for ABACUS-19

Dan Cullen, ABA (White Plains, NY); Sarah Hutton, Village Books (Bellingham, WA); Tina Ferguson, Face in a Book (El Dorado Hills, CA); Andy Perham, Books Inc. (San Francisco, CA)

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Operations & Finances: Small Acts for Financial Gain

Operations & Finances: Small Acts for Financial Gain (June 27, 2019)
Content related to the education session Operations & Finances: Small Acts for Financial Gain , Children's Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Finance
  • Operations
Tags:
  • Owners and Managers

When your wallet is slim and margins are small, every penny counts. But there are little things that can be done every single day to boost a bookstore’s bottom line. Bookstore panelists who have effectively pinched a penny here and saved a penny there will teach attendees:

  • How to identify small costs that add up
  • Where to look for savings
  • Small actions booksellers can take to impact overall savings and sales

Adlai Yeomans, White Whale Books (Pittsburgh, PA); Katie Orphan, The Last Bookstore (Los Angeles, CA); Ariana Paliobagus, Country Bookshelf (Bozeman, MT); Suzanna Hermans, Oblong Books & Music (Millerton, NY)

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Using ABACUS as a Budgeting Tool

Using ABACUS as a Budgeting Tool (January 24, 2019)
Content related to the education session Using ABACUS as a Budgeting Tool, Winter Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Finance
Tags:
  • ABACUS

ABACUS is a yearly benchmarking survey that gathers essential information and insights on bookstore financials. This unique and actionable data is key to a store’s long-term viability, as it can be used to create budgets and analyze important business questions. Bookseller panelists who regularly submit to ABACUS will explain how they have been able to implement changes based on their ABACUS report. In this session, booksellers will learn:

  • How to read key lines in an ABACUS report
  • How to recognize and make changes in bookstore financials
  • Important points to consider when making short- and long-term budgets based on ABACUS data

Information on how and when to submit your data to participate in the ABACUS report

Michael Becher, Industry Insights (Dublin, OH); Jamie Fiocco, Flyleaf Books (Chapel Hill, NC); Dan Cullen, ABA (White Plains, NY)

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Lower Your Cost of Goods

Lower Your Cost of Goods (January 23, 2019)
Content related to the education session Lower Your Cost of Goods, Winter Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Finance
Tags:
  • 101
  • ABACUS

Increasing margin through better buying and careful budgeting can improve your cost of goods. This session will use data from ABA’s ABACUS report to outline a path to improvements in a store’s cost of goods, leading to improved financial decisions and substantial savings. The booksellers on this panel are excited to share straightforward financial practices that will make a big difference to the financial health of your business. In this session, booksellers will learn:

  • How to read the ABACUS report, including how to compare your data with national averages
  • How to make small changes to cost of goods that will result in a positive financial impact
  • How long it takes to see the results of small changes to cost of goods
  • How to evaluate which financial changes are the ones that will most benefit your business with the least worry and work

Melissa DeMotte, The Well-Read Moose (Coeur d'Alene, ID); Nicole Magistro, Bookworm of Edwards (Edwards, CO); Kate Schlademan, Learned Owl Book Shop (Hudson, OH); Robyn DesHotel, ABA (White Plains, NY)

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