BizLaunch and SCORE: How to Start a Brick and Mortar Retail Business

For anyone considering a Retail Product or Retail Service Business 

Starting a brick and mortar retail business can be an overwhelming experience. But understanding the important issues and the right process will enable you to mitigate the risk and place your business in a better position to reach its objectives. This step-by-step workshop will address key challenges every brick and mortar startup will face. 

  • Writing an Effective Business Plan
  • Selecting the Right Entity Formation
  • The Pros and Cons of a Partnership
  • Writing an Operating Agreement
  • Finding the Right Location
  • Negotiating the Best Commercial Lease
  • Finding a Contractor and Managing the Build-Out
  • Setup of Management & Inventory Systems, Recordkeeping                        
  • Purchasing Liability & Casualty Insurance
  • Creating a Marketing Strategy, Policies & Procedures
  • Hiring and Training Employees
Date: September 17, 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Arlington Economic Development
1100 N. Glebe Rd., Suite 1500
Arlington, VA 22201
Fee: $40 Advance Registration, $50 Walkin Registration
Registration: Registration Now Closed
For more information, please contact:
Name: Workshop Team
Phone: 202-619-1000
Email: [email protected]


Richard Rose began his career in retail home furnishings. Over the course of 30 years he served as President and CEO of Town House Contemporary Furniture while opening 9 locations. From management and sales training to marketing and human resources, he’s gained hands-on experience in every aspect of a retail business. In addition, Richard has been a commercial landlord throughout most of his career.

Ira Wolpert has been a practicing attorney and partner in several area law firms for more than 50 years. He’s represented individuals and companies with a wide range of issues related to all forms of business. Additionally, Ira has served as a bankruptcy trustee and certified bankruptcy mediator with extensive experience advising failing businesses or individuals undergoing financial difficulties.

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