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Empower your community
What do you get from our course?
You know your detailed story…
Let us give you your retail story.
Retail Academy is an award-winning program catered to rural communities seeking education and guidance on attracting new retail and restaurant businesses. Progressive communities understand that retail growth not only enhances quality of life, it also increases tax revenue while adding jobs.
Retail Academy empowers community leaders to take a proactive approach to their retail opportunities. Equipping them with tools, marketing collateral, and a list of prospects to properly market their opportunities.
Communities will be trained and equipped with the tools and education necessary to attract new retailers to their markets, while providing support to their existing local businesses.
Retail Academy’s customized training includes education on the marketing materials provided, how to create an elevator pitch, setting conference meetings, prospect outreach, and where to find industry-leading information critical to implementing a long-term retail recruitment plan.
Our Courses Provide:
Retail recruitment is a marathon, not a sprint.
What do I get from a Retail Academy?
Our traditional Retail Academy class allows us to fly 3-5 people to our headquarters in Birmingham, AL to engage in a day-and-half, retail intensive education process in our new state-of-the-art classroom.
We have also worked with multiple communities to host a large event at a centralized location, and coordinated with State institutions to initiate grant programs.