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The 2019 NC Main Street Conference


The 2019 NC Main Street Conference was a great success. We had a full lineup of talented speakers. If you missed the conference you can still take a look at all of the amazing information our speakers had to share below. Don't forget to register for our 2020 conference coming up March 10-12 in New Bern, NC.

Nicole Leinbach Reyhle

Founder, RetailMinded.com

Retail Realities:

10 Must Know Strategies to Help Downtown Thrive

From employee management, in-store merchandising, and strengthening curb appeal, to leveraging technology to optimize inventory management and more, there is no shortage of responsibilities and resources for retailers to consider. Savvy merchants and business leaders are maximizing their operational efforts, time, and investments by employing innovative, modern, yet practical, methods and tools to streamline operations, strengthen marketing, enhance customer service, retain employees, increase revenue, and, ultimately, ease their day-to-day responsibilities. Join author, Entreprenuer.com contributor, Small Business Saturday spokesperson, and RetailMinded.com founder, Nicole Leinbach Reyhle, as she shares her top 10, must-know, retail realities to help businesses and downtowns thrive in 2019 and beyond.

About Nicole Reyhle:

Nicole Leinbach Reyhle is the founder and publisher of RetailMinded.com, a well-respected industry publication that has been recognized worldwide for its leading retail insight. With a core concentration on independent retailers and small businesses, Reyhle is a frequent guest and contributor to various media outlets including The Today Show, Forbes, and countless B2B publications. She has also been the spokesperson for American Express’s Small Business Saturday since 2014 and is the author of the book “Retail 101: The Guide to Managing and Marketing Your Retail Business” from McGraw-Hill. Reyhle writes regularly as a retail thought leader and influencer for various industry resources such as Entrepreneur.com, Fiverr.com, and more. She was recognized as #3 out of 100 worldwide retail thought leaders by Vend and is a retail “futurist” for IBM. Reyhle is also the co-founder of the Independent Retailer Conference.

The 2019 NC Main Street Conference


Ken Anderson

Director, Small Business & Entrepreneurial Services Delaware Economic Development Office

"Make Sure the Dog Wants to Eat the Dog Food”:

Ways to Enhance Downtown Entrepreneurial Business Success!

Learn the most critical steps to develop and enhance an entrepreneurial mindset among small business start-ups and small business owners in your downtown. Fun, engaging, and an entrepreneur-at-heart, Ken Anderson, Regional Business Manager for the Delaware Division of Small Business, will share his top 10 best concepts for success in entrepreneurial pursuits - and in life - from both his personal and professional experience in counseling, advising, practicing, and observing entrepreneurs of all shapes and sizes, ethnicities, and backgrounds, over the last 15 years.

About Ken Anderson:

Since 2007, Ken Anderson has served as the Director, Small Business and Entrepreneurial Services at the Delaware Economic Development Office. Since a restructuring of the office and creation of the new Division of Small Business in the Delaware Department of State (formerly the Economic Development Office), Ken has served as the Regional Business Manager for the largest county in Delaware. He has also been the chair of the Governor’s Supplier Diversity Council since 2012.

2019 NC Main Street Conference