Registration is currently underway for two fall workshops on the principles of finance, to be led by Robert Sindelar, managing partner of Third Place Books in Seattle, and Robyn DesHotel, chief financial officer of the American Booksellers Association.
ABA will be presenting the full-day workshops on Saturday, October 15, in Baltimore, Maryland, and on Wednesday, October 26, in San Francisco, California, prior to the start of the New Atlantic and Northern California independent booksellers association trade shows, respectively.
The 101-level program is aimed at all booksellers looking to further their understanding of bookstore financial operations. Topics will include the fundamentals of budgeting, cash flow forecasting, business financing, bookkeeping, and financial statement analysis, as well as strategies for improving profitability and cash flow. The workshop will also feature an interactive group discussion to help attendees integrate their new knowledge into their decision-making. While it will be helpful for attendees to be familiar with basic bookstore finances, deep financial experience is not required.
The first workshop will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on October 15, 2016, ahead of the NAIBA Fall Conference, at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore, 300 Light Street, Baltimore, Maryland.
The second workshop will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on October 26, 2016, ahead of the NCIBA Fall Discovery Show, at the San Francisco Conference Center, 255 S. Airport Boulevard, South San Francisco, California.
Registrants will receive materials that they agree to review before the event. Registration is $85 per person and is limited to two booksellers per ABA member company. Lunch is included. Fall show registration is not required to attend the finance workshop.