Creating a Local Business Alliance to Benefit Your Business and Your Community

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Monday, February 9, 2015 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM EST

Asheville is nationally known for its independent business community, but it wasn’t always that way. A big part of what makes downtown Asheville such a vibrant success is the Asheville Grown Business Alliance. Franzi Charen, director of the Asheville Grown Business Alliance, and Caroline Christopoulos, book and sidelines buyer for Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, will lead a discussion on starting and growing a downtown alliance in your own community. Learn from two people who have been involved in Asheville’s Shop Local First movement from the start.

  • Franzi Charen, Director of Asheville Grown Business Alliance and Owner of Hip Replacements Clothing (Asheville, NC)
  • Caroline Green Christopoulos, Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café (Asheville, NC)
  • Betsy Burton, The King’s English Bookshop (Salt Lake City, UT) (Moderator)

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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