Outdoor Industry Association Takes 2009 Outdoor University Online

Outdoor Industry Association today announced its 2009 Outdoor University® retail education program, consisting of monthly, one-hour webinar workshops.

Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) today announced its 2009 Outdoor University® retail education program. The 2009 program, consisting of monthly, one-hour webinar workshops, is designed to help improve business infrastructure, ensure skill development and provide information on emerging trends and technologies and will focus on challenges specific to outdoor industry businesses.

Over the last two years, Outdoor University has educated over 300 specialty retailers through regional workshops in the field and received positive reviews. For 2009, the program format will shift to an online format to ensure the education workshops are accessible to all retailers, no matter their location. Each workshop will be recorded and archived so that it can be rebroadcast on demand.

“Each year, the Outdoor University program is developed based on retailer and rep feedback,” said Ann Obenchain, vice president of member services and marketing for OIA. “By evolving Outdoor University into an online format, we are able to provide a convenient and affordable resource directly to retailers in their markets."

Outdoor University 2009 Schedule

Wednesday, May 13 - Staffing for Summer: Hire Wisely, No Regrets

Wednesday, June 10 - Easy PR Tips for Summer

Wednesday, July 8 - Boost Yur Sales and Sales Staff’s Expertise with Online Training

Wednesday, August 5 - Improving Your Bottom Line

Wednesday, September 9 - Cosmically Cool Ideas for Holiday Promotions

Wednesday, October 14 - Harnessing email and e-commerce to Drive Holiday Traffic

Wednesday, November 11 - Turning Shoppers into Buyers

Wednesday, December 9 - Maintaining Margin During the Holidays

Wednesday, January 13 - Managing Consumer Buzz on Social Media

Outdoor University's high caliber speakers include analysts from Profit Planning Group, The Leisure Trends Group and Gluskin Townley Group; public relations experts from Pale Morning Media and Base Camp Communications; marketing consultants from Alien Truth Communications and the Creative Business Consulting Group; and staff training professionals from 3point5.com and The Mann Group.

Extra Credit for Outdoor University "Students"

Outdoor University retail attendees will be enrolled in the Outdoor University Hall Pass™ Program which will enable them to redeem their Hall Pass at the Outdoor Retailer Tradeshows for gifts from participating sponsors. In addition, for every webinar attended, Outdoor University "students" will receive "extra credit" and be entered to win grand prizes from the presenting and gold sponsors that include, an OIA annual membership, three nights lodging at a future Outdoor Retailer show, Woolrich outfits and products from JanSport.

Outdoor University is offered free to OIA members and for $99 per webinar for non members. Pre-registration is required. For complete information on the Outdoor University program, speakers or to register, visit www.outdoorindustry.org

Outdoor University is made possible through the generous support of its sponsors: Outdoor Retailer, JanSport, Woolrich, 3point5.com, The Leisure Trends Group, Alien Truth Communications, Base Camp Communications, Creative Business Consulting Group, Darby Communications, Gluskin Townley Group, Pale Morning Media, The Mann Group and Redwood Creek.


About Outdoor Industry Association

Outdoor Industry Association® (OIA) is a national trade association whose mission is to ensure the growth and success of the outdoor industry. OIA provides trade services for over 4000 manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, sales representatives and retailers in the outdoor industry. OIA programs include representation in government/legislative affairs, market and social research, business-to-business services and youth outreach initiatives. Educational events include the annual Rendezvous®, Outdoor University®, and the Capitol Summit. Outdoor Industry Association is based in Boulder, Colorado, and is the title sponsor of the Outdoor Retailer tradeshows. For more information go to www.outdoorindustry.org or call 303.444.3353.