ABA Education at NAIBA to Focus on ABACUS & IndieCommerce [4]

Space still available at Principles of Finance Workshop

The American Booksellers Association is inviting booksellers at the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association Fall Conference [5] to visit ABA at Table #1 on the show floor, to take part in the education session “Understanding and Acting on Your ABACUS-15 Report,” and to meet one-on-one with a member of the IndieCommerce team.

ABA staff, including CEO Oren Teicher, Senior Strategy Officer Dan Cullen, and Member Relationship Manager Catherine Cusick, will be at NAIBA to talk to booksellers about the association’s fall programming — Indies First [6], Indies Introduce [7], the new Indie Next List e-newsletter program [8] for store customers, and more. Booksellers who drop off a business card at the table will earn an extra chance to win a scholarship to attend Winter Institute 12 [9] or the 2017 ABC Children’s Institute [10].

On Saturday, October 15, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and on Sunday, October 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., IndieCommerce Specialist Ryan Quinn will be available at Table #1 for free one-on-one IndieCommerce meetings. These sessions are for current IndieCommerce users with questions and concerns, as well as for non-IndieCommerce ABA members who would like to know if the platform is right for them. Booksellers are encouraged to book an appointment for a one-on-one session here [11]; however, walk-ins will also be welcome. 

Booksellers nationwide, in markets of all sizes, have found ABACUS, the only financial benchmarking tool for the independent bookselling industry, to be an essential key to strategic and business planning, access to capital, negotiations with landlords, and much more. At “Understanding and Acting on Your ABACUS-15 Report,” to be held on Monday, October 17, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., ABA’s Cullen and PK Sindwani, the owner of Towne Book Center & Cafe in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, will share information about ABACUS participation and review top-line financial data from this year’s report to demonstrate how booksellers can use the information to improve the performance of their businesses. Booksellers are encouraged to come with their questions.

There is also still space at ABA’s “Principles of Bookstore Finance Workshop,” a 101-level full-day program for booksellers looking to understand the financial operations of the bookstore. The fee for the workshop, which will take place on Saturday, October 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., is $85 per person and includes lunch. Booksellers can register for the Principles of Bookstore Finance Workshop here [12].

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For more information, visit the NAIBA Fall Show website [5].