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NRF Searching for America’s Retail Champions

NRF Searching for America’s Retail Champions

Are you or someone you know a community leader who is also a strong retail industry advocate? If so, you’ll want to send in an application by July 20 to be chosen as one of the 50 U.S. small business retailers honored as one of the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) America’s Retail Champions program winners.

The program offers up to 50 small U.S. retailers a complimentary trip to Washington, D.C., for the Retail Advocates Summit 2018, which will be held Sept. 5-6. Those selected will be recognized at a special reception and will meet face-to-face with policymakers to share what’s important to them and how ongoing legislative decisions are affecting their business.

Nominations to be recognized as one of America’s Retail Champions are due by July 20.

The NRF Retail Advocates Summit 2018 will unite retailers with national and local brands in Washington, D.C. to advocate for issues that are critical to the retail industry. One of the best ways to reach decision-makers is by speaking with them in person. The Retail Advocates Summit gives attendees that opportunity.

According to the NRF, retailers will have meetings scheduled with elected officials; they’ll also receive education on the full spectrum of issues that are most pressing to retailers today; and they’ll be able to make strong connections and help impact the industry in a positive way.

Speaking with elected officials may be intimidating, so the NRF says it spends a full afternoon providing an overview of what the meetings will consist of, provides background on the issues and offers talking points.

To learn more about the Retail Advocates Summit, click here. To apply to be one of America’s Retail Champions, click here.

About Renee Changnon

Renee Changnon
Renee Changnon is an assistant editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. She reports on industry news and new products, visits retailers and attends industry events. She graduated from Illinois State University, where she earned a degree in Visual Journalism and was the features editor for the school newspaper, The Daily Vidette. After college, Renee worked for Jimmy John’s, where she implemented marketing and promotions initiatives at franchise locations across the country. Renee is from Champaign, Illinois, and is new to Indianapolis. She enjoys reading, Netflix marathons and exploring her new city with friends and family.