Archives for March 2015

Member Spotlight: Bob Harper Photography

  After retiring from the corporate world, Bob Harper decided to pursue something he’d always been passionate about: photography. A self-described “enthusiastic photographer”, Bob has discovered that in owning his own business, “the satisfaction in knowing that success is directly attributable to the decisions I make and the policies I implement,” make it all worthwhile…. [Read More]

Congratulations to our 2015 Retailer of the Year “Lifetime Achievement Award Winner”!

There’s an interesting thing that happens when you’re sitting in a room with three brothers who have been in the same family business together for nearly three decades. They finish each other’s sentences; they answer for one another and rephrase each other’s thoughts. They are all on the same page, but being different people, they… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Lorak Jewelry & Gifts

Anna Akers says that it would be easier to list the things she didn’t find challenging about starting her own business than listing the challenges. With her Fine Arts background, she says, “My business skills were, can we say, lacking? But with the help of family and friends, I found my way.” Anna started her… [Read More]

The Power of Social Media for Small Business

I attended a social media training session the other day and the first thing the speaker said was that he was not a social media expert. Uh excuse me? You’re supposed to be educating me about social media yet you say you’re not an expert? That seemed crazy to me. But by the time the… [Read More]

Legislative Update from the 2015 General Assembly

At the time of publishing, the 2015 Session was starting to wind down with many of our retail issues resolved. Below is a list of topics that have been decided as of February 19, 2015. Felony Threshold for Larceny – There were several bills introduced this Session (SB 1234, HB 1369, HB 1975, and HB… [Read More]