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To contribute to the stability and growth of the local economy by fostering the careful preparation, launch and long-term sustainability of micro and small businesses across all sectors.

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Creating Impactful Displays & Shop Windows

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For decades, visual merchandisers and shop keepers have produced impactful, inspiring, and informative windows. Historically windows became a huge focus and investment for some of the big brands. In contrast, for today’s shop-keeper, the design and production of a store window can seem overwhelming, costly, and time consuming at times. This session will focus on how to Create Impactful Displays & Shop Windows. Highlights include; where to start when building themes and messaging, checklists for elements of display, working with the store layout to carefully select the right locations to utilize for displays, and a few more of The Retail Duo’s very own pro-tips!

Presented by: The Retail Duo

Diane Spiridoulias is a full-time professor in the Sheridan Visual Merchandising Arts Program, and a freelance stylist. Her portfolio of classes varies from delivering Fashion Styling to Retail Merchandising, and Integrated Retail Marketing. Her background also involves extensive work with various brands as an Art Director.

Karen Kritzer has been a part time professor in the Visual Merchandising Arts Program as well, and she has recently moved to a Studio Technologist and Field Placement Advisor role where she assists with various programs and connects students with industry partners for their internships.

Diane and Karen are also business partners with their consulting firm. The Retail Duo. They work with both large and small retail operations and they have presented at various conferences throughout Canada and the USA and they both sit on the board for the Toronto Chapter of the Retail Design Institute (RDI).

**The link to connect to the webinar will be emailed to you 1 day prior. Please register at the Eventbrite link for access to the webinar.
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/creating-impactful-displays-shop-windows-tickets-408359663747

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Adapting Trends

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When you master trendspotting, you can offer your store a distinct competitive advantage to evolve with the consumer and still hold relevance in 2022 and beyond. Staying up-to-date on the current consumer trends is a way to predict what customers may want in the future. With so much uncertainty, the pandemic has continued to accelerate trends seen across the retail industry, several of which will continue to have a profound impact into 2023. During this exciting session, The Retail Duo will review their exclusive market insights and research findings on the top Retail Merchandising trends for 2023/24 and beyond.

Presented by: The Retail Duo

Diane Spiridoulias is a full-time professor in the Sheridan Visual Merchandising Arts Program, and a freelance stylist. Her portfolio of classes varies from delivering Fashion Styling to Retail Merchandising, and Integrated Retail Marketing. Her background also involves extensive work with various brands as an Art Director.

Karen Kritzer has been a part time professor in the Visual Merchandising Arts Program as well, and she has recently moved to a Studio Technologist and Field Placement Advisor role where she assists with various programs and connects students with industry partners for their internships.

Diane and Karen are also business partners with their consulting firm. The Retail Duo. They work with both large and small retail operations and they have presented at various conferences throughout Canada and the USA and they both sit on the board for the Toronto Chapter of the Retail Design Institute (RDI).

**The link to connect to the webinar will be emailed to you 1 day prior. Please register at the Eventbrite link for access to the webinar.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/adapting-trends-tickets-408363324697

Doing Business with the City of Brampton

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This 60-minute webinar will be covering topics on various procurement methods the City conducts, where to register to be on the vendor list and the invitational procurement process.

Presented by: The City of Brampton Purchasing Department & Entrepreneur Centre

Please register to attend:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/doing-business-with-the-city-of-brampton-tickets-252095493407

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