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Retail Roundtable, Social Media and Conservation Commerce Headline January 30 – February 2, 2016 Series 

ATLANTA (November 9, 2015)— To arm Midwest retailers with the tools and strategies they need to succeed in today’s ever-changing retail climate, Urban Expositions will offer  a full roster of free educational seminars during the  fifth edition of Windy City Gift Show, January 30 – February 2, 2016 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.

The educational offerings comes together with the Windy City Gift Show’s largest show floor selection to date, including a new Gourmet category, an increasing number of handcrafted and fair trade offerings and even more of the industry’s top name manufacturers, and the region’s premier sales representatives.

All educational programs are free to registered buyers and will take place inside the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center at the end of the 1600 aisle. Retailers can check the show website ––  and the official show app for complete details.

The January 2016 Windy City Gift Show seminar line-up includes:


Retail Roundtable: The Science and Soul of Best-Sellers
Moderator: Lilly Stamets, Manager of Gift Shops, UCSF Medical Center; founder of Premier Retail Consulting | 1:30-2:30 pm
Join Lilly Stamets and a panel of gift shop managers for this insightful open forum session where we'll share ideas with fellow retailers. We'll discuss the latest product trends, explore the best-sellers and where you can find them! Be sure to bring your questions too. You'll leave with plenty of ideas to boost your sales and tips to find the next best-seller for your store!

Social Media 101
Presented by: Alison Walkley, Social Media Manager, Urban Expositions | 3:00-4:00 pm
In this digital age, there are social platforms popping up on a nearly weekly basis. Which are the MUSTS to be on for your business? Join Alison Walkley for a discussion on the top platforms, which make the most sense for small businesses and best practices to employ on each.


Can Conservation Drive Your Mission While Driving Sales?
Presented by: Tommy Brown, Retail Manager & Buyer of Conservation Goods, Saint Louis Zoo | 1:30-2:30 pm
Don’t miss this short presentation and introduction to “Conservation Commerce” followed by a buying tour on the show floor at the Windy City Gift Show that will teach you how to create “stories” within your shop to maximize sales and support your institution’s mission 

Social Media FAQs
Presented by: Alison Walkley, Social Media Manager, Urban Expositions | 3:00-4:00 pm
What are your burning questions about social media? Bring them along to this discussion with Alison. She'll dive into some of the most frequently asked questions among small business owners, then open the floor for a conversation with attendees.

Windy City Gift Show Fast Facts

When: Saturday, January 30 – Tuesday, February 2

Where: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Hours: 9 AM – 6 PM, Saturday-Monday; 9 AM – 3 PM, Tuesday

More Info: | 678.285.3976 or 800.318.2238

Based in Kennesaw, GA, and founded in 1995, Urban Expositions produces and manages a portfolio of 40 events serving nine industry sectors, including Gift, Souvenir, Apparel, Art, Aviation, Foodservice, Halloween & Party, Pet and Gaming. Urban also produces Airport Revenue News, a publication focused on the airport concession industry. In addition to its headquarters in Kennesaw, Urban has offices in Shelton, CT and Boca Raton, FL, and is represented by employees in California, Colorado and Illinois.