Industry News 4/7/2009

6th Annual BRA Retail Summit

6th Annual BRA Retail Summit
Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available

Board sport companies have a unique opportunity to support the initiatives of independent retailers from across the country as they gather for the 6th Annual Board Retailers Association Retail Summit in Huntington Beach, California, April 22 – April 24, 2009. The Retail Summit will provide specialty board sport retailers the opportunity to get together for three full days of seminars, workshops and panel discussions focused on improving business and more importantly, their bottom line.

The Retail Summit has traditionally been a grandiose affair held at a luxury resort destination, but this year due to the economy and the struggles facing the industry and specialty retailers in particular, we have cut the frills and are going bare bone minimum in order to still provide the educational component at a fraction of the cost. Despite these cuts and the bargain registration fee of $300, there are still retailers who can use your support via a Retail Summit Scholarship. Consider Sponsoring-a-Retailer from Southern California that you know can benefit from participating in a conference that focuses on credit and debt management, pricing and discounting, merchandising, marketing and customer service. With speakers ranging from Tommy Knapp, former Founder/President of Honolua Surf Company, to Charlie Cotton of Path to the Rack Consulting, the BRA Retail Summit is sure to leave retailers better prepared to move forward in 2009. For a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.boardretailers.org and for a complete list of remaining sponsorship opportunities including sponsoring retailers from outside Southern California, see below.

While the focus of the Summit is business, there will be ample opportunities to mix and mingle with industry representatives in a fun and relaxed setting at the beach demo day and movie premiere party at the Newport Beach Film Festival.  For more information on attending or supporting this event, please contact BRA at info@boardretailers.org.

Contact Melissa Clary to secure your sponsorship before it's gone!  Call 910-509-0109 ext.1005 or email melissa@boardretailers.org.

Available Sponsorships:

Sponsor-a-Retailer: $300
 For less than what you spend on a corporate dinner, send a retailer to the conference and help them benefit from the educational sessions being provided.  Includes conference registration.

Sponsor-a-Retailer: $1200
 For specialty retailers located outside of Southern California, help to alleviate costs by providing a scholarship that covers airfare, accommodations and conference registration.

Welcome Reception and Surfboard Demo: $2000
 Welcome retailers to the Retail Summit in style with dinner, cocktails and a surfboard demo on the beach. Includes signage and the opportunity to address the summit attendees ~Priceless.

Surfboard Demo: $500
 Surf manufacturers interested in participating in a retail -focused beach demo day are invited to bring product samples.  Sponsorship includes event access, signage, and invitation to the Welcome Reception.

Box Lunches: $1500
 Sponsor lunch for famished retailers as they break during a long day of seminars and panels. Includes signage and other acknowledgement. (Only One Day Remaining)

Seminars, Panels and Workshops: $500
 Help to defray the costs of hosting a retail-focused educational seminar, panel or workshop.  Receive signage and the opportunity to briefly address attendees.

Goodie Package: $250
 You supply the product and we'll put it in the retailers' Summit bags. Great way to introduce new product lines to specialty retailers. (200 pieces)

Workbooks: $1500
 Retailer Workbooks with agenda, presentation materials and space for notes. Logo emblazoned on front cover with ad opportunity on back cover.