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    Name: Chamber Cafe Series Luncheon: How Retailers Are Staying Competitive and How They're Building the next Generation of Retailers
    Date: December 5, 2018
    Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM EST
    Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
    Event Description:
    The retail industry employs more Ohioans than any other business sector. When you consider that retail includes businesses like wholesalers, logistics, manufacturing and design, this fact shouldn’t be too surprising. The Ohio Council of Retail Merchants was established in 1922 to protect the interests of the retail industry at the local, state and federal level. In addition to public affairs, the Council also provides thought leadership to its members as it relates to the ever-changing retail industry.
    Join Gordon Gough, President and CEO of the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, as he discusses how his organization supports its 7,000+ members. Topics will include:
    The Changing Retail Landscape
    We’ve all likely seen the headlines about the retail apocalypse, particularly as it relates to brick and mortar businesses. But the truth is retail is seeing some of the highest gains ever over this last year. So, retail isn’t dead – it’s just changing. How are today’s retailers staying competitive? How are brick and mortar stores surviving the Amazon effect? What can we expect as the industry continues to evolve?
    Training A Best In Class Workforce
    Retail is often a first job for young Americans. And in Ohio, it’s a significant career path for many. The Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, in partnership with the National Retail Federation, has launched a training and certification program for people wishing to work in the retail industry. Called RiseUp, the program was created to help build the retail industry’s next generation of talent: first-time job seekers and entry-level employees. We’ll discuss this program further, including a unique partnership with the Ohio Department of Education to help grow adoption.
     How The Council Supports The Retail Industry
    The Council membership is as diverse as one would expect. From large retailers to small mom-and-pop shops, the Council has to balance the differing agendas and interest of this diverse group. Learn more about how the Council represents the WHOLE industry at the local, state and federal level.

    Event Sponsors:

    Chamber Cafe Sponsor

    Keller Market House
    134 S. Columbus Street, Lancaster, Ohio
    Date/Time Information:
    Wednesday, December 5, 2018
    11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
    Lunch begins at 11:30, presentation will begin at noon.

    This event is brought to you by the Lancaster/Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce. 
    Thank You to our sponsor: Destination Downtown Lancaster
    Contact Information:
    $15 fee for lunch. 
    Reservations are due by Monday, December 3, 2018 
    There are a limited number of reservations for this event, so register early.

    Event cancellation policy: To avoid incurring a charge, your reservation must be cancelled at least 48 hours prior to the event. if you are unable to attend, you may send an appropriate substitute from your organization with advanced notice. 
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