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  • What’s New at Inspire…

    It’s been a bit quiet here for a while, as I work on some new directions for Inspire. Here’s what’s happening:

    Teaching Fashion Retailing for John Casablancas Institute is one of the things I’ve been enjoying the most over the past few months. It’s great to see talented and creative young people who are planning careers as part of the retail industry – whether it is styling, buying, merchandising or owning a store. Now that I’ve finished the big job of revising the curriculum layout, I will focus on blogging here, and staying in touch with retailers on my Facebook Page, and Twitter. Come on over and say hello!

    Focus is the topic of my next retail article that I’ll be posting soon. I’ve working with a fabulous coach, Kathy, over the past year to help me focus the direction of my business. As a result, a new face, Marie-Claude Coté, has joined mine. She will be working on merchandising with local retailers in the Vancouver area. You can find out more about her here. (Scroll down the page to read her bio.) Marie-Claude is fabulous to work with. She is starting to work with retail cart and kiosk owners in response to requests from mall leasing managers, and will also work with independent stores.

    I was invited this week to participate in the start of an exciting new project with Retail BC. I met these great people – Darren at Lemonade Tactical Marketing, Joseph with NEBS and Gary at Business Advisory Team. We will be creating marketing resources that retailers can use to get more customers now. Help us help you by sharing what you need most right now:

    • In today’s economy, what do you need most in your business?
    • What marketing issue keeps you up at night?

    Make your voice heard! Post your thoughts below.

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