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NWBC Celebrates Women’s Small Business Month

In the last few decades, women entrepreneurs have made significant strides, but research confirms there is still work ahead of them. Last week, the members of the National Women's Business Council held a public meeting in Washington, D.C., to discuss the state of women and business. Attendees explored key findings in the NWBC's 2013-2014 research and revealed that despite tremendous advancements made by women, there are still barriers for women to gaining access to the resources needed to start and grow a business.

Stop, Thief

Stop, Thief
Retailers must always be vigilant for an old risk.

Picture this: Someone runs into your store, grabs an armful of merchandise and exits through the front door into a waiting van. The vehicle speeds off before you have a chance to see the license plate. That scenario can happen any time. It’s just one of the many tricks shoplifters pull to separate retailers from their merchandise.

NRF Launches Retail Jobs Week

The National Retail Federation on Oct. 13 kicked off Retail Jobs Week, a multifaceted effort to push back against long-held misperceptions about working in the retail industry. Through the initiative, NRF aims to continue educating federal lawmakers about the value retail jobs deliver for workers and the economy.

A.R.E. Accepts 2015 Design Awards Entries for Retail Environments

The Association for Retail Environments, an international not-for-profit trade organization representing the retail environments industry, is now accepting entries for its 2015 Design Awards. Any company involved in a project is allowed to enter the competition, including retailers, design firms, fixture manufacturers and architectural firms.

ICSC, UF Host Seminar for Retailers

Retailers looking for a boost in the areas of profit and productivity within the shopping center environment may get one through the International Council of Shopping Centers and the University of Florida, which are hosting a two-day educational and interactive workshop, "Optimize Your Profit and Productivity," Oct. 23-24 at the University of Florida, Orlando Campus.

Consumers Are Secure, Spending

Nearly three out of every four consumers say they're spending as much or more than they expected on life's little extras—including hairstyling, manicures and pedicures, and fashion accessories, reports the latest American Express Spending & Saving Tracker released Sept. 23.

Furthermore, 81% of employed Americans report that their jobs are more than or just as stable as one year ago—and 45% expect finances to change for the better in the next six months.