Calling all coastal retailers! Registration for the Coastal Connections Conference is open and early bird rates are still available. Not only will you have the opportunity to meet with and learn about top beach, coastal and nautical brands in a laid-back setting ideal for making connections, what sets the Coastal Connections Conference apart are the educational and networking opportunities.

The event kicks off Sunday, Oct. 22, at 3 p.m. with a keynote presentation from Dane Cohen of Management One. Cohen’s session, “Mastering the Inventory Game” provides out-of-the-box ideas and proven tools that will make managing your store’s merchandise less work, more fun and even more profitable.

Following the keynote session, hiring and retention will be addressed. Attendees will hear what other coastal retailers are doing to create a loyal, hardworking team in their retail operation.

Immediately after the panel discussion, attendees will have an opportunity to unwind and make connections with other seaside retailers from across the country during the Welcome Party from 6-7 p.m. Live music, delicious food and beverages and great conversation will all be on tap.

On Monday, Oct. 23, sessions will cover a range of topics from “45 Rewarding Ideas in 45 Minutes,” to “Putting Experiential Retail into Action,” “Creating Coastal Connections” and “It’s Your Time to Shine Online.” See page 38 for a full list of speakers from prominent retail organizations and consulting firms.

A special awards ceremony honoring Seaside Retailer’s Starfish Award winners from the past year will also be held Tuesday.

The Boardwalk Chat, a series of short sit-down interviews with vendors exhibiting at the next day’s The Boardwalk event will close out the day’s educational sessions.

Retailers will continue making meaningful connections with retailers as well as wholesalers exhibiting at The Boardwalk during The It’s Five O’clock Somewhere Party that evening.

During the final session at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, Michael Hale, founder of Retail Rehab will share, “Visual Merchandising Tips and Tricks.” Immediately following, attendees will gain exclusive entrance to The Boardwalk, featuring over 30 of the most sought after beach, coastal and nautical brands.

Attendees will also receive a welcome bag filled with products from leading beach, coastal and nautical brands to consider carrying in their store. Several product and service giveaways will also be held throughout the event.

The early bird rate of $495 is available until Aug. 31. Don’t delay, register today for the only retail conference for seaside retailers!