Three ways to get involved

You come to us

We have a state-of-the-art education classroom in our Birmingham and Fort Worth offices and would love to host your team for a two-day Retail Academy training.

We come to you

We schedule a trip to your community, and teach between 4 to 5 of your staff. This method works well if your team isn't able to get out of the office for training.

Online Course

Through a partnership with the National League of Cities, receive an economic development certificate after participating in an eight-week course.

Regional Partners

A few organizations we have worked with to host regional workshops.

What You Receive

When travel is difficult, or not possible, we have developed a series of online modules to get your community the tools it needs.

Resource Library

16+ hours of content

  • Retail Incentives
  • Retail Trends
  • Hotel Feasibility
  • Franchise Recruitment Tools
  • Retailer Growth Plans and Reports
  • Retailer, Developer and Broker Interviews
  • Small Business Support
  • Bankruptcy Filling and Closure Lists
  • The Dollars and Cents of Shopping Centers

Online Portal

As part of the year-long partnership, you are granted access to an online membership platform that is updated monthly and available on-demand.

  • Today’s Trend Impacting Retail Recruitment
  • Demographics Overview
  • Players, Process, and Pitch
  • Real Estate 101 and Recruitment Tools
  • Restaurant Strategies for Economic Development
  • Innovating Commerce Serving Communities
  • Steps to Recruiting Retail and Restaurants to your Downtown

Workshop Dates

Only 4 spots are available for each date. Choose your team’s spot today! 


Contact Us to Schedule Your Workshop

We can make it work. 

Just let us know what works best for you.