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Exciting updates on our MMBS: scholarship assistance, prizes, and more!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, 19 hours ago

MMBS logoBinc wants to help SIBA help you! We have $300 to help booksellers who need assistance attending a MMBS event. Do you need gas money, or financial assistance to help offset paying staff while you are out of the store? Let us know what you need and we'll let you know how we can help with funding. Email Linda-Marie with your requests.

But wait, there’s more! We’re awarding special prizes to attendees of the March Madness Bookseller Series.

  • SIBA will award one SIBA 2020 Discovery Show All-Pass (a ticket to all meals) to a SIBA-member attendee of each MMBS event (only one All-Pass per member).
  • SIBA will award one free trip to the SIBA 2020 Discovery Show (in NOLA!) from a drawing of all SIBA-member attendees to MMBS events.

We have such a fabulous line-up of educational offerings, many of which feature author luncheons, an afternoon store tour, and networking opportunities. What are you waiting for? Sign up today and you can release any FOMO right now.

View our full MMBS schedule and register.

Tags:  Bookseller education  MMBS 

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March Madness at Avid Bookshop on Thursday, March 19!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, February 3, 2020

Avid Bookshop

Join us for our March Madness event at Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA on Thursday, March 19 from 10-3PM. The day begins with the educational session "PR and Messaging: Dealing with big changes or challenges to the business with honesty and positivity." In this session, Avid Bookshop leaders Janet Geddis, Rachel Watkins, and Luis Correa will speak about how they've communicated with customers and staff about big changes and challenges in their business over the years. "How do you express vulnerability without coming across as the weak underdog? How do you keep up morale and enthusiasm while ensuring that your staff and supporters understand the precariousness of running an independent bookstore in 2020? Every business will undergo changes for sustainability and continued growth. However, we have found that how these changes are communicated to your customers are almost as important as the changes themselves."

Enjoy lunch with representatives from the American Booksellers Association. The afternoon includes a store tour and networking opportunities and discussion.

Avid presenters:

Janet Geddis: owner/founder, adult buyer, marketing and promotion

Luis Correa: full time bookseller, operations manager, book club moderator

Rachel Watkins: operations & events director, personnel support/HR, marketing and promotion

Tags:  Avid Bookshop  MMBS  siba in the springtime 

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Would you like to host a gathering during our March Madness Bookseller Series?

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, October 29, 2019

In 2020, we're transforming our SIBA in the Springtime (SITS) into the March Madness Bookseller Series (MMBS). Might we add another acronym, CYOA, as booksellers may decide to attend multiple events, depending on programming and proximity to host stores.

 

SIBA’s goal is to have gatherings within 2-3 hours driving distance of all member stores. These one-day gatherings will take place between March 9-20, and run from 10am-3pm with an author luncheon. Morning and afternoon programming will focus on education. 


Would you like your store to be considered as a host store? If so, what kind of educational programming would you want to present to visiting booksellers? What is your store doing really well that you'd like to show off to inspire others? We’d love to hear from you!


Please email lindamarie@sibaweb.com  if you’re interested and we'll see what we can work out!

Tags:  bookseller education  MMBS  SITS 

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