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Want to Jumpstart Your Business Growth? Register for The Brain Trust Workshop

The full-day workshop featuring INSTORE columnists will take place August 12 in Rosemont, IL.



HAVE YOU EVER wished that you could have INSTORE’s columnists examine your store’s business model and operations and give you some help in taking it to the next level?

We’re betting you have. That’s why we’re bringing together Kate Peterson, Sherry Smith, Jimmy DeGroot and Megan Crabtree to conduct a one-day workshop at The INSTORE Show in August, which includes hands-on teaching and feedback for each participant. We’re calling it The Brain Trust Workshop. And you can attend for less than $700 (assuming you register quickly — the workshop is limited to 64 participants).

I hope you’re as excited about this concept as I am. When we began brainstorming about The INSTORE Show last summer, we asked ourselves the question, “How can we do something at this show that’s never been done in the jewelry industry?” After all, INSTORE’s original SMART Jewelry Show had innovations like The Bench Pressure Challenge. We wanted to match that level of coolness but also do something that only INSTORE could really pull off … and something that our readers could profit from in a big way. If you’re free on Aug. 12 for a business-changing experience, you can reap the benefits.

If you haven’t registered yet, now’s the time! You’ll also enjoy networking opportunities and an exhibitor list featuring the top wholesalers in the jewelry business. Register at today, and we’ll see you in Chicago!

Now Introducing The INSTORE Show, Coming to the Chicago Area in 2023!

Trace Shelton

Editor-in-Chief, INSTORE

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Newton’s Jewelers in Fort Smith, Ark., was a true institution. But after being at the helm for most of his life, owner (and descendent of the original founder) Kelly Newton decided it was time to retire. He chose Wilkerson to handle the sale. “I’ve known the owners of Wilkerson for a long, long time. I felt at home with them,” he says. The final retirement sale was just a “blast” and the Wilkerson sales team made it so very simple and straightforward, says Newton. Would he recommend Wilkerson to others? Absolutely. “They’ve done incredible work,” says Newton. “They feel like family.”

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