Retail Resources Workshop

On Thursday, June 28, 2018, the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce will host the first in a series of workshops titled Retail Resources, at 6:30 p.m. in the H-E-B Room of Hill Country University Center, located at 2818 E. Highway 290.


This free workshop is open to all retail business owners and managers; chamber members and non-members. Board chair Wayne Reeh and Director K. K. Welch are organizing these workshops for the Chamber.


CLICK HERE  to reserve your seat!


"My background is small business." said Reeh. "I was self-employed for 28 years and I know firsthand the juggling act required to manage day-to-day tasks. Many days you just run out of time trying to make ends meet." He added that small business owners don't have the luxury of hiring managers to take care of HR issues, insurance, a retirement plan, financing, taxes, payroll, and marketing.


"After several years in business, I met two successful business men who became mentors. The two most important things they taught me were to work in your business every day, be there when a customer asks for you and learn to work smarter, not harder." They taught me to seek out professionals who could assist in the areas of my business where I was not very strong in like insurance or marketing. By soliciting the advice of those professionals, it allowed me to focus on what I enjoyed and what I did best; interact with my customers and concentrate on profit." The goal of Retail Resources is to bring together the retail community and offer to them resources that they either did not know existed or never had the time to seek out.


The first workshop will introduce attendees to the Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE) and will be presented by Mr. Joseph Polichino, Jr. and the SCORE team of professionals. If you are a small business owner and do not know the resources available from SCORE, you do not want to miss this presentation.


"I hope to see two things come out of these workshops," Reeh said. "The first is even though many businesses compete for the same customers, they all share common problems and could greatly benefit one another by networking and sharing how they deal with those problems. The second thing is to realize there are resources available, many of them free, which will allow you to work smarter, not harder and make your business more profitable. I hope the small business community will take advantage of this free offering."


Future topics will include:

  • Marketing - Social Media, Branding, 12 Month Marketing Plan, Radio/Newspaper/TV Advertising

  • CPA - Labor Laws/Company Size, Payroll Taxes, Contract Labor, Overtime Pay

  • IT Support - On-site alternatives, Remote Access, Social Media Management

  • Employee Benefits - Health Insurance, Dental/Vision, Retirement, Legal Shield, Air/Ground Emergency Transport

  • Misc. - City/County Permitting Requirements, Short/Long Term Business Funding, Workforce Pool

REGISTER ONLINE by June 25 to reserve your seat! The next workshop will be in August.