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ABA/SIBA Bookseller Forum

Friday, March 23 @ Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC

10-11:30       A Year of Bookstore Profitability Education Session from ABA
ABA will present a year-long calendar of effective steps that bookstores can implement — as well as key cost-saving programs — to boost sales and improve the bottom line. This session is applicable to all bookstore employees, and booksellers will be invited to join the conversation and share thoughts about initiatives they use to improve profitability each quarter.

11:30-1:15    ABA Bookseller Forum & Lunch
booksellers will have the opportunity during the open forum segment to discuss any of their concerns related to ABA, the book industry in general, and other issues. The spring forum discussions are a critically important vehicle for ABA to gather feedback from members, and all are encouraged to come prepared to discuss their concerns.

1:15-2            Talking Local First in Your Community
A presentation and discussion on how to talk to your customers and others in your community to raise awareness of the impact of online and big box purchasing on the local economy.   Learn simple ways to engage customers, staff, elected officials and other small business owners in a positive, productive discussion on the benefits of buying local; and the true impact of Amazon's growing presence within our economy. Using studies from the Institute for Local Self Reliance as well as others, we'll share talking points, data points and proven practices that are simple and inexpensive to implement and which will help you educate your community on the importance of supporting local businesses.

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