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3 Reasons Customers Are Walking by Your Store (and to Your Competitor’s)

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on April 14, 2016

As a small business owner, you're sure to know that your storefront is important. But do you realize just how important it is? Everyone's heard the adage, "don't judge a book by it's cover," but the truth is, customers make judgments about what they're interested in or what seems most likely to meet their needs in the first 15 seconds. Your storefront is the first impression you can make on a customer, and depending on their reaction, you may not get another chance to capture them.

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Topics: Small Business, Retail, Growing a Business, Sales & Marketing

Internet Didn't Hurt the Retail Store: Why Your Brick and Mortar Matters

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on March 30, 2016

Even in the modern age of global telecommuting, the importance of your physical storefront can't be understated. The internet didn't kill retail stores and maybe it never will, especially when you consider the importance of the customer experience. The fact that the retail store still thrives doesn't mean that the role of the retail store hasn't changed though. In today's post, we'll discuss the importance of your physical storefront, as well as touch on what the consumer expects in an integrated, synchronized consumer world.

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Topics: Small Business, Retail

[Podcast] Biz503: Reinventing Retail

Posted by CLIMB Center on February 12, 2016

The PCC CLIMB Center is a proud sponsor of Portland Radio Project's Biz503 show - the new Portland-centric startup and small business talk show on PRP.fm. 

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Topics: Small Business, CLIMB Center, Retail, Growing a Business

How to Increase Online Sales With These Website Improvements

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on February 05, 2016

Starting out and developing a small business is no easy task, especially when it comes to developing your presence online. More than likely you’ve already designed a website and started to generate some traffic, perhaps even some sales.

But as your journey continues, you’ll want to be updating and upgrading your digital storefront on a regular basis. And that’s why we’re here, to provide some tips and tricks that business owners like you can apply to your website that will not only make your brand look and feel more attractive, but will also increase online sales. Ready to get started?

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Topics: Small Business, Retail, Growing a Business

6 Easy Tips to Enhance Your Retail Store Today

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on December 15, 2015

First impressions are everything. An inviting and well maintained store can help drive traffic and encourage sales. In this post we’ll look at six tips you can use to create a welcoming retail environment for your shoppers.

Utilize the tips below to make your retail store an inviting consumer utopia. Are you ready to take your retail business to the next level? Check out PCC SBDC's Retail Business Builders program to launch (or re-launch) your retail business with confidence. 

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Topics: Small Business, Stories & News, Retail, Growing a Business

Why Your Retail Business Needs to be Online

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on December 04, 2015

Small business owners have avoided making real strides into developing a proper online presence because of uncertainty about how to design your website or use social media in a meaningful way for your business.

But, you can't afford to think that way.

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Topics: Small Business, Retail, Growing a Business

Best Practices and Ideas to Increase Foot Traffic in Your Retail Store

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on November 23, 2015

Are you wondering how to increase foot traffic to your retail store? Winning the loyalty of customers can be challenging, but it isn’t impossible. With a strong online presence, inviting store-front appearance, and excellent customer service, your retail business can begin to see a significant increase in customers and sales. The following best practices for increasing foot traffic can help you get started.

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Topics: Small Business, Retail, Growing a Business

Retail Sales Teams & Your Bottom Line: Are You Hiring the Best?

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on November 20, 2015

If you own a retail business, you understand how important sales are. They literally define your bottom line. But have you sat down and considered how important your retail sales team is? Today's article is going to talk about how your sales team affects your bottom line and touch on how to find the best salespeople.

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Topics: Small Business, Retail, HR & Organizational Effectiveness, Leadership, Growing a Business

9 Ways to Retain Your Top Performing Retail Salespeople

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on November 17, 2015

If you're starting to plan a business, or if you've just started a business, that focuses on retail sales, you're probably trying to structure the right kind of sales environment to attract good salespeople. Of course, getting them to start working for you is the challenge. Do you know how you're going to keep them once you've hired them? In this post, we're going to discuss nine different ways to retain salespeople and ensure you've got a dedicated team for your business.

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Topics: Small Business, Retail, Growing a Business, Sales & Marketing

How to Become the Best Retail Boss You Can Be

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on November 04, 2015

Owning your own retail business can present many unique challenges. When it comes to learning how to be the best retail manager, many store owners find that actually managing a staff is one of the most difficult balancing acts they have to perform. As Leslie Hidula, PCC SBDC business advisor says, “I have found that retail owners struggle with being ‘the boss.’ They act like a friend, a mom, or a control freak. These approaches can really hurt a business, especially as they grow.” Overcoming this barrier by learning how to tow the line between employer and friend can help improve, not only your retail store’s growth, but also your skills as a retail store boss.

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Topics: Small Business, Retail, Leadership, Growing a Business

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