NVNR New Owners Retreat: The Programming

NVNR New Owners Retreat

The NVNR New Owners Retreat coming up July 19 – 22 has announced the schedule of topics and programming for the event. The retreat will be held in the evenings, after dinner, to accommodate the limited availablity of store owners during the work week.

Seasoned booksellers and special guests will be on hand to guide you through your growth, share their experiences, help you envision your future, and answer your most pressing questions. It is a perfect opportunity to step away from the store, look at your operations, finances, and resources for perspective, ideas, and solutions.

This event is geared for stores that have opened in the last five years and/or owners who have purchased an existing store in the last five years. 


Monday, July 19: 
6:30 – 8:00 PM

  • Bookseller veterans share their biggest mistakes and best moves in their early years
  • A publisher shares best practices on working with publishers, and etiquette for industry meetings, dinners, and conferences
  • An overview of resources, including ABACUS
  • A look at a store’s working documents, including mission statement, employee handbook, and procedures manual

Tuesday, July 20:
6:30 – 8:00 PM

  • Bookseller veterans will discuss the importance of locations and leases, managing store operations (including the daily tasks of accounting, receiving, placing orders, working the sales floor, and cleaning the bathrooms), followed by Q & A
  • A special presentation on Designing Your Space by Lisa Uhrik, president of Franklin Fixtures

Wednesday, July 21:
6:30 – 8:00 PM

  • A bookseller veteran will discuss prioritizing profitability 
  • Breakouts for stores on topics of finances, publisher terms, growth opportunities, buying and returns, stock turns, and more.

Thursday, July 22:
7:00 – 8:30 PM

  • Bookseller veterans will discuss human resources, hiring/firing, marketing, authorless events, subscription services, hybrid stores (cafes, pop-ups, nonprofits)
  • Closing with an inspirational talk: “Why I Am a Bookseller” by Janet Geddis, founder and owner of Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA
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