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Independent Garden Center Show Inspires and Educates Attendees

Garden Center Show

From Aug. 14-16, thousands of vendors and retailers from a variety of independent retail backgrounds gathered to attend educational events, network with others and discover the latest products in the lawn and garden category at the Independent Garden Center Show (IGC) ... Read More »

SBA Accepting Nominations for 2019 Small Business Week Awards

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is now accepting nominations for its 2019 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year. “Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s ... Read More »

Retail and Manufacturing Lead 2018 Hiring Boom

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Heading into 2018, economists expected hiring to slow due to a tight labor market, as a below-4 percent unemployment rate would make finding workers difficult for businesses. According to The Wall Street Journal, “the opposite has occurred, largely due to ... Read More »

Berkshire Hathaway Gives $2B Loan to Sears CEO’s Real Estate Group

Berkshire Hathaway

More than two years ago, Warren Buffett personally invested in the real estate empire spun out of Sears Holdings Corp. Now, his company Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is extending a $2 billion loan to the real estate investment trust that owns ... Read More »

Big Boxes Focusing on In-Home Services

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As e-commerce websites like Amazon continue to grow in popularity among consumers, big-box retailers are providing in-home services to compete and remain relevant. Companies like “Walmart, Home Depot and the Container Store are hiring contractors to go to customers’ homes ... Read More »

Outdoor Adventure Writer Offers Advice, Recommends Camping Gear to Sell

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In the August issue of Hardware Retailing, we spoke to three retailers who have excelled in the camping niche. To dig deeper into the niche, we spoke to Cliff Jacobson, an outdoor adventure writer and wilderness guide, for insights on ... Read More »

Delicious Recipes to Try Cooking While Camping

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Renee Changnon, rchangnon@nrha.org Growing up in Connecticut, Emma Frisch spent more time outdoors with her siblings than watching television. When she wasn’t playing outside, she could be found helping ... Read More »

Explore New Opportunities With the Camping Niche

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Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Renee Changnon, rchangnon@nrha.org Bear Necessities When customers arrive at Bear Hardware in Nashville, Indiana, they are welcomed by a giant carved wooden bear and a friendly team of employees. ... Read More »