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Get two shows for the price of one at GTS 2009

Double the value and double the profit potential of your time at the GAMA Trade Show (GTS)!  Again this year, GAMA and the National Retail Hobby Stores Association (NRHSA) team up to bring you two shows for the price of one.

The value begins with your admission to the full track of seminars and the exciting exhibit hall at GTS 2009. Then your your value doubles as you visit the NRHSA Table Top Expo. There, you get a look at the latest products in the hobby industry, including trains, R/C, models, slot cars, and more, plus access to their seminar series. Continue reading

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Make your GTS 2009 hotel reservations now

Beat the annual rush! Make your hotel reservations for GTS now and lock in the GTS rate of $109/night. That gives you one of Bally’s spacious 450 square foot rooms, complete with luxuries like high speed Internet access, a dual-line speakerphone, and more.

As a GTS attendee, the special show rate is available from April 9th through April 20th. Arrive early and make GTS part business, part pleasure! These rates will not be available past the group cut-off date of Tuesday March 10, 2009. Continue reading

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Speak out and promote your business for free

Looking for an inexpensive way to promote your business? Get out and start talking!

Every month, service clubs and community organizations need speakers for their meetings. Granted, you can’t stand up and deliver an unvarnished sales pitch, but you *can* share your expertise and your knowledge. That establishes you as “the expert” in your area. Better yet, giving one interesting presentation usually leads to invitations from other groups, giving you access to a broader range of listeners.

So, what can you talk about? It depends on the products that your store carries and your knowledge in the industry.

Here are a few ideas to get you going: Continue reading

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Business Week article: How small stores can lure holiday shoppers

The Sales and Marketing section of this week’s Business Week magazine includes several tips to help small stores make the most of this year’s holiday shopping season. It’s a very quick read, and well worth your time.

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New GRD forum on Delphi

GAMA created a new discussion and information forum for GAMA Retail Division (GRD) members. You may have already received an invitation to join through the Delphi system.

This forum gives GAMA Retail Division members a place to discuss GAMA-related topics (the organization itself, things that members want GAMA to do, and such) with fellow members and GAMA staff. We wholeheartedly encourage GAMA Retail Division members to also participate in the industry-wide discussions at the Game Industry Network (GIN). If you aren’t familiar with the GIN, visit forums.delphiforums.com/titangamesinsid/start to learn more about this valuable industry resource.

To join the new GRD forum, simply follow the instructions in your invitation. All of the information you need is there, including both the forum link and the member password.

If you need a new invitation or run into any problems joining the forum, please contact Trey Reilly at programs@gama.org.

If you never used Delphi Forums before, you’ll need to register for a free Delphi account. It only takes a minute and the basic level of membership is free.

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The Mentorship Program returns

GAMA announces the rollout of the newly revised Mentorship Program!

  • Are you an established retailer? Help strengthen the industry by mentoring other retailers!
  • Are you a new retailer, or do you have questions? Sign up for the program and get the Mentoring that you need and want.

The program matches current retailers with more experienced retailers either for general business mentorship or to assist with a problem or question in a specific business area.
The program’s profile questionnaire — a new feature of the program — helps match mentee retailers with experienced mentor retailers outside their local market who can help them.

The questionnaire allows for a much more comprehensive matching process than previously possible. Also, the new survey does not require providing financial data, either when acting as a mentor or when seeking assistance as a mentee. GAMA understands that retailers are naturally hesitant about providing financial data to anyone. There’s really no need to be discussing these things if all you have is a question about POS systems. Of course, those retailers who have issues involving the financial aspects of their business will be able to discuss them confidentially with their Mentors but that information will never be in a database.

This program has enormous potential to improve the quality of the retail landscape. Every year we see retailers helping each other at GTS. For many attendees, that’s what the show is really about! But retailers want and need a mechanism by which they could do that outside of the show.

While the Game Industry Network (on Delphi Forums) is a phenomenal tool, it is still a public forum. The new Mentorship Program allows retailers to seek assistance in complete confidentiality, be matched with a Mentor outside their local market, and receive advice from people who are experienced in that subject area.

If you’re interested in receiving mentorship or in volunteering as a Mentor, please register by filling out the Mentorship Questionnaire on GAMA’s Web site at www.gama.org/grd/mentorship. The Questionnaire is very concise and only takes a few minutes to complete.As an association, GAMA is dedicated to helping its members sell more games; and through the GAMA Mentorship Program we’ve established the infrastructure through which our members can help each other. We hope you’ll participate and help as we work to strengthen the retail tier.

The Mentorship Program originally started in the Spring of 2000 to assist individuals interested in opening a gaming store navigate the start up process. “GAMA wholeheartedly thanks all of the individuals whose hard work created, operated, and oversaw the original Mentorship Program, and the new group of GAMA Retail Division volunteers who brought this important program back,” said Anthony Gallela, GAMA’s executive director. “Your work made, and will continue making, a big difference for lots of retailers in our industry.”

-GAMA’s Retail Division

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