The Retail Alliance Foundation’s Certificate in Retail Operations is a 14-week course designed to provide technical training for retail business owners.

The Foundation offers classes and mentoring to assist aspiring and existing retailers in operating their businesses successfully.

These lessons help new business owners figure out hard problems like cash flow, balance sheets, merchandise management, and lease agreements—all things business owners struggle with daily.

The certificate program starts January 31, 2022, and applications are now open. The program is 14-weeks in length with cohort meetings occurring on Monday evenings (virtually over Zoom) from 6 – 8 p.m.

Topics covered include:

·    Startup

·    Retail Accounting

·    Marketing and Advertising

·    Merchandising and Inventory Management

·    HR Management

·    Loss Prevention & Security

·    Business Planning

Tuition for the 14-week course is $495 (scholarships are available). Currently, there is a promo in which those who sign up between 10-15 Jan 2022 will receive a free Amazon Echo.

You can find the complete schedule here.

If you are interested in completing the 14-week course, here’s the link to apply.