Thursday, January 20, 2011

Macy's Launches Workshop For Minority Fashion Designers

Macy’s, a popular retailer in the U.S., has recently launched a comprehensive retail vendor development program designed to give select high potential multicultural and/or women business owners the tools to better succeed and sustain growth in the retail industry.

Held in New York City, the workshop is essentially a 4-day training course for up to 20 participants, selected from applications submitted through the web site. It includes comprehensive lessons in strategic planning, branding, merchandising and assortment planning, sales and marketing, and access to capital.

Attendees will be taught by actual retail experts and accredited faculty, and will experience an opportunity to network, collaborate and engage with fellow aspiring vendors. They will also be able to interact with experienced merchants, industry leaders and private brand specialists.

To be considered for participation, an applicant must be the majority owner or co-owner of a business that has been in operation for at least two consecutive years and be its primary decision maker. Applicants must also be 21 years or older, and must be legal U.S. residents who are either Black, Hispanic, Native American, Asian-Indian or Asian-Pacific descent.

Classes begin Spring 2011, and the deadline for entry is February 11, 2011. All courses and materials are free to accepted applicants, and meals will be provided during all on-site sessions. However, participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging.

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