Workshop tailors to retailers

Consultant aims to help businesses be more profitable

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Steamboat and Routt County retailers have a chance to learn how to tweak their strategies and become more profitable during a merchandising workshop later this month.

Main Street Steamboat Springs will host consultant Scott Day on Aug. 22 and 23. Day, a 17-year veteran of the Main Street Center of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is now the principal in his own consulting firm, Urban Development Services.

Tracy Barnett of Main Street Steamboat said Day would lead an evening workshop Aug. 22. The next day, he will visit individual businesses whose owners have signed up and paid a $100 fee. During those store visits, Day promises to apply the principles from the evening workshop to the specifics of the businesses he visits.

Day said the workshop is meant to help retailers determine the best way to manage their inventories. It should offer help in improving the floor plan of the stores to allow customers to see more of the product mix and also help retailers develop a visual image that is most appropriate for their customer base.

"Many small, independent retailers don't have access to these tools or to the systems that larger retailers use on a daily basis," Day said.

The workshop is intended to help retailers design floor plans and displays that make it easier for customers to make purchases. He also will offer tools to help independent retailers more accurately measure their returns on their investments in inventory.

The workshop takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 22 at Centennial Hall. In addition to Main Street Steamboat, workshop sponsors include the Routt County Board of Commissioners, the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

For details about store visits, call Barnett at 846-1800.

-- To reach Tom Ross call 871-4205

or e-mail tross@steamboatpilot.com

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