Ci10 Program

Wednesday, July 13, 2022  

5:00 pm to 6:00 am

Doing Well By Doing Good: Community Partnerships to Strengthen Your Network and Your Bottom Line

Community partnerships are an untapped source of income for many stores. They can have a profound impact on a store’s bottom line as well as the soul of the store and its community. A panel of booksellers who work closely with community partners will share how to make initial contact, what format a partnership can take, and how to manage expectations without taking on too much. Attendees will have an opportunity for open discussion and to ask each other questions on community partnerships.

Panelists: Jennifer Kraar, City of Asylum (Pittsburgh, PA); Lupe Penn, Bookmarks (Winston-Salem, NC); Verlean Singletary, Da Book Joint (Chicago, IL); Laurie Gillman, East City Bookshop (Washington, D.C.)

About ABA

The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.

Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.


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