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National Bicycle Dealer Association

NBDA e-News Update

11.30.2008

REGIONAL SUPER SEMINARS COMING UP
JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2009

Session Details Below -

Bike dealers, suppliers, associates, advocates and non-members are all invited to participate at the 2009 NBDA Regional Super Seminars. NBDA members may bring two attendees free of charge. Additional attendees and non-members may participate for $50 per person. Non-members may apply registration fees toward an annual membership. Continental breakfast and lunch is included at each session.

DATES AND LOCATIONS

AUSTIN - WED, JAN 21
Omni Austin Hotel Southpark
4140 Governor's Row, Austin, TX

PHOENIX - FRI, JAN 23
Fiesta Resort Conference Center
2100 South Priest Drive, Tempe, AZ

TAMPA - TUE, FEB 3
Crowne Plaza Hotel Tampa East
10221 Princess Palm Ave, Tampa, FL

ANAHEIM - TUE, FEB 24
Doubletree Hotel Anaheim
100 The City Drive, Orange, CA

SESSION SUMMARY
HOW THE NBDA CAN ENHANCE YOUR BUSINESS
Fred Clements, NBDA Executive Director
Michael Baker, NBDA Marketing Director

YOU WILL LEARN:

  • About new NBDA programs and initiatives
  • An overview of the associations member benefits
  • Details about the new NBDA Independent Store Initiative, The Bike Shop Advantage and more

THE RETAIL STORE MANAGER AS LEADER
Dan Mann, The Mann Group

YOU WILL LEARN:

  • Defining the ideal role for a store manager
  • Characteristics of the manager as leader
  • Leadership strategies for the sales floor
  • Maximizing your influence for the company's benefit-and yours!

BICYCLE ADVOCACY, BIKE DEALERS, AND PROFITABILITY
Jay Graves, The Bike Gallery, Portland, OR

YOU WILL LEARN:

  • To become involved in bicycle advocacy to not only support bicycle use, but also increase sales and profits
  • How to work more closely with local clubs and the government to make the world a better place for bikes
  • Jay's story of successful involvement with advocacy, and how it has benefited his 6-store business

PRACTICAL METHODS AND SYSTEMS TO INCREASE PROFITS IN YOUR SERVICE DEPARTMENT
Brett Flemming, The Bike Gallery and Efficient Velo Tools, Portland, OR

YOU WILL LEARN:

  • Ideas to improve service department profitability
  • To enhance customer experience and mechanic retention
  • Best practices and concepts implemented at The Bike Gallery, a multi-store cycling retailer in Portland, Oregon

Click here for more 2009 regional seminar details.

TRADE ASSOCIATIONS CALL ON GOVERNORS TO ENSURE SALES TAX EQUITY
Independent Trade Groups Urge Governors in 44 States to Enforce Existing Tax Laws

November 6, 2008 -- Bookselling This Week: Eleven independent trade groups joined this week to urge the governors in 44 states that collect sales tax to equitably enforce existing tax laws. The groups stressed that, given the budget shortfalls that most states are facing, now more than ever, it's a state's obligation to ensure sales tax equity by requiring out-of-state retailers with nexus in the state to collect and remit sales tax...

In the letter to the 44 governors, the groups -- the ABA (American Booksellers Association), Alliance of Independent Media Stores, American Specialty Toy Retailing Association, Coalition of Independent Music Stores, Independent Dealers of Entertainment Association, Independent Florist Association, Independent Office Products & Furniture Dealers Association, Music for Everyone Association of Independent Music Centers, Music Monitor Network, National Bicycle Dealers Association, and United Servicers Association -- noted that the turbulent financial market, the chaotic economy, and slumping housing market have created a perfect storm that has resulted in a dramatic decrease in tax revenues for most states.

The trade groups are also calling on their member retailers in the 44 states to write, fax, or e-mail their governors to encourage the enforcement of existing sales tax laws.

To make this communication easier, ABA has prepared a template letter that can be adapted and sent. The association asks businesses that contact their governors to send a copy of the letter to ABA Public Policy Liaison David Grogan at dave@bookweb.org.

The NBDA supports the fair sales tax initiatives and encourages dealers to become involved as well. Click here for the complete article, letter to the governor's and sample business letter template.

SUBMIT YOUR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FOR THE 2009 NATIONAL BIKE SUMMIT
Dealers Can Win $1000
Deadline to Apply Jan 16, 2009

To support industry efforts for future federal funding of bicycling projects in America, the NBDA will once again award scholarships to member dealers to attend the 2009 National Bike Summit, March 10 -12 in Washington, D.C. Twenty-five dealers will be awarded grants up to $1000 for expenses related to the event. Primary qualifications are that a dealer store has not participated at a previous National Bike Summit, the dealer must be a current member of the NBDA, and an online scholarship application must be received by January 16, 2009. Click here for detailed qualifications and to submit your application today!

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Contacts
National Bicycle Dealer Association
949-722-6909
info@nbda.com
www.nbda.com

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