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Summer Market 2016 Events

Join us for breakfast every morning along with a seminar. Each seminar will be 45 minutes and cover 4 retail topics to help you grow your business and provide new ideas. Breakfast will begin at 8am. The seminar will begin at 8:15am.

Friday, August 12th

8am- “Oohs and Ahhs. The Sounds Good Marketing” – Angelina Blackmon
The sounds of joy and laughter are rewarding to any buyer or retailer. It is a sign of a happy customer. Explore the simple steps of marketing to create the ooh and ahhs of a successful holiday season.

4pm- Building Your Referral Pipeline & B2B Channels – Rachel Cherny – Sponsored by Women in Hardware
Every successful business has a great network. Learn from Rachel how expanding your network can have a positive impact on your business. For the past 5 years, Rachel has been owner of Rachel Street Press and Executive Director of BNI Chicago. Enjoy drinks and networking afterwards.

Saturday, August 13th

8am- Trends – Camille Claire
What colors are “in”? Is the Owl symbol ever going to stop flying over our heads? Is blue hair a fad that is sticking around? Will you ever be able to catch all of the Pokemon? Don’t just follow the it crowd on social media to stay on trend. Be the leader for your staff and customers by educating them with explanations of the trend. Attend this seminar to discuss what is still trending in 2016 and, more importantly, why.

11:30am- Giving Hearts, an Exclusive Hospital Gift Shop Luncheon – Angelina Blackmon – Sponsored by Harper Collins Christian Publishing
Join us for a luncheon seminar created just for hospital gift shop buyers. you will enjoy product reviews, special gifts and share ideas with other hospital gift shop managers and buyers from across the Midwest. Seating is limited to 50 spaces. RSVP by calling 312.350.5905 or emailing

4pm- Celebrate DNA 30th Anniversary
Join the Marketing Xchange ins celebrating the 30th anniversary of one of our showrooms, DNA Sales! There will be a pig roast, live band drinks, and fun for all! Congrats DNA Sales!

Sunday, August 14th

8am- Coffee Talk
Have breakfast and a discussion with 5 industry leaders. Our guest will rotate between tables and have an intimate discussion about the state of retail and your business. Space is limited to the first 50 people.

Monday, August 15th

8am- “Chicago, magnificent retail!” – Angelina Blackmon
Armchair travel through the historic retail stores in the heart of the Midwest’s most desirable shopping district. Learn marketing and promotional insights.

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