Center for Retail Excellence

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Center for Retail Excellence 2018-07-16T09:38:25+00:00



Would you like to make money doing something you love? Stop and consider the possibilities of running a retail business. Retail organizations come in a variety of forms and sizes and deliver to customers everything from lawn mowers, to art, to clothing, to food, too, quite literally, the kitchen sink. Retail offers unique opportunities for people to live out their passions and is one of the most egalitarian industries in our country. A person can come from any economic, educational, cultural, gender or age group and be a successful retailer.


Retail provides opportunity to live out your dreams and interests.

Are you interested in the arts? Start a gallery, art supply store, or a studio.

Love cars? Open a repair service or parts store.


What does it take to get started? What must I know to get a retail business off the ground?

We have the answers, with classes and programs tailored to the nontraditional student.


As with anything, there are factors that support the success of retail businesses.

We call those factors, “The Seven Pillars” of retail success and they are the basis of all our programs.


Customized Programs

These are classes and programs developed for a unique business or group of businesses. We can create and customize programs based on your specific needs. We also offer mentoring by a reputable, experienced subject matter expert for a variety of business needs. Please contact the Center for more information.

Customized Programs

Specialized Classes

These are stand-alone classes that cover a variety of topics relevant to retail businesses. They include such topics as Succession Planning and Retail Accounting. Additionally, all of the classes that make up the Certificate in Retail Operations can be taken as individual classes.

Specialized Classes

Certificate in Retail Operations

This extended program walks a participant through the considerations necessary to start a retail business in their local area. The program is broken up unto seven topic areas (six weeks in length) representing each of the Seven Behaviors of Retail Excellence (Start-up, Retail Accounting, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Security/Loss Prevention, Merchandising, and Business Planning). Classes can be taken individually or as a course of study.

Upon successful completion of the Certificate, participants will have developed a workable business plan that has been vetted by retail business and financial experts. Please For more information or to register:

Certificate in Retail Operations

Why are you doing this? How are you making a difference?
What is your reason for being, besides making money?
There is no engine or vehicle like business to make a difference.

Walter Robb, Co-CEO, Wholefoods