Friday, May 8, 2020 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM EDT
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Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 
4805 Edgemoor Lane
Room B
Bethesda, MD 20814

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Simple Steps for Starting a Brick & Mortar Retail Business - 5/8/20 -C0001

For either a Retail Product or Service Business:

Starting a brick & mortar retail business can be an overwhelming experience. But understanding the important issues and the right process will enable you to mitigate the risk and place your business in a better position to reach its objectives. This step-by-step workshop will address key challenges every brick & mortar startup must face.

  • Writing an Effective “Brick & Mortar” Business Plan

  • Selecting the Right Entity: LLC, Sub-S, C-Corp or Sole Proprietor

  • The Pros and Cons of a Partnership

  • Important Issues in an Operating Agreement

  • Finding the Right Location

  • Negotiating the Commercial Lease

  • Managing the Build-Out Process

  • Setup of POS, Accounting & Inventory Systems  

  • Human Resources: Payroll, Benefits, Hiring & Training                      

  • Insurance Requirements:  Liability, Casualty & Workman’s Compensation

  • Creating a Marketing Strategy, Policies & Procedures

Instructor Bios:

Richard Rose began his career in retail home furnishings. Over the course of 30 years he served as President and CEO of Town House Contemporary Furniture while opening 9 locations. From management and sales training to marketing and human resources, he’s gained hands-on experience in every aspect of a retail business. In addition, Richard has been a commercial landlord throughout most of his career.

Ira Wolpert has been a practicing attorney and partner in several area law firms for more than 50 years. He’s represented individuals and companies with a wide range of issues related to all forms of business. Additionally, Ira has served as a bankruptcy trustee and certified bankruptcy mediator with extensive experience advising failing businesses or individuals undergoing financial difficulties.