The Independent Retailer Conference took place July 16, 2012 in Chicago.

Meet The Brains Behind Our Indie Conference!

Retail Minded and Independent Retailer Month cannot thank our sponsors and speakers enough for their generous time and efforts in helping to create a dynamic day for independent retailers and the communities that support them. Their value to the day was so fantastic that we wanted to be sure that everyone knew how to get in touch with them, which is why we have created resource guide to ourindie conference!


Retail Concepts, Aly Anderson & Ani Collum

phone:  781-871-7905

Retail Mavens, Cathy Wagner 

phone:  847-622-8382
Fashion Brain Academy, Jane Hamill 
Vodicka Group, Mike Vodicka
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Yelp is known for being a resource guide to consumers, connecting them to retailers and other businesses nationwide. Their easy to navigate helpss promote independent shopping, plus they have fantastic deals to offer consumers! Has your store been reviewed? Want to offer a deal to customers? Get to know all that Yelp has to offer!
The Busy Beaver crew has overseen over 50,000 designs and produced millions upon millions of buttons for clients like bands, non-profits, artists, independent retailers, marketing companies, politicians, and more! You can order your very own custom buttons online at or email Denise Gibson directly at Choose from 11 different sizes and 4 different shapes. They also offer metallic, glow in the dark, holographic, and 24k gold buttons and several custom button packaging options. It’s no wonder these guys are busy!
ShopKeep POS is an iPad point of sale system that is easy to use and cost-effective. They are knowledgeable, friendly and care about retailers… which makes them a fantastic POS company to work with. Plus, they “get it” since their Founder use to be a retailer himself! Manage inventory, generate reports, create discounts and much more with ShopKeep… all from your iPad!. Learn more here!
Marte Multimedia’s professional business solutions supports retailers with print, digital, email, direct mail, brand and web. This family run business is dedicated to supporting the marketing needs of small businesses from all angles, and works hard to deliver quality products every time. Get to know Marte Multimedia yourself and see how they can help you!
Oak Street Design is a visual resource for hotel, retail and corporate clients specializing in custom design, fabrication and installation. Their work with retailers  delivers exceptional branding and store experience, significantly enhancing the retail experience. Additionally, they offer visual training and workshops. Get to know Oak Street Design!
For more than 25 years, has been helping independent retailers and small businesses meet all their retail supply needs. With a wide selection of retail fixtures, store showcases, gondola displays, mannequins and apparel racks, they offer quality products at some of the lowest prices around.

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