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The ICBA Conference is a mix of industry-leading professional development, peer networking, and face-to-face vendor meetings. You'll return to your store rejuvenated and empowered to take the lead!

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ABOUT THE ICBA CONFERENCE & PRIMEtime

We are not your average conference.

The ICBA Conference is known for its industry-leading professional development, exclusive institutional store networking and collaboration, and dynamic round-robin Buyer and Vendor meetings.

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EDUCATION 

The ICBA Conference provides in-depth, relevant, and actionable education that addresses the pressing issues facing our industry today, while offering a platform to initiate solutions. Sessions touch on the strategic and technical aspects of General Merchandising, Course Materials, Sales and Marketing, HR, Operations, eCommerce, and more. Speakers include a range of industry experts and store leaders. The annual ICBA Innovators session showcases how our Member Stores are successfully innovating and navigating our evolving industry.

PEER-TO-PEER NETWORKING

The ICBA Conference is a chance for ICBA Members to connect, discuss common challenges, and develop shared solutions. The Conference offers several opportunities for both formal and informal networking. Store2Store discussions and Buyer2Buyer Smartest Thing discussions provide a forum to explore important topics, trends, and challenges with stores of a similar size or with fellow Buyers or Marketers.

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VENDOR MEETINGS - ICBA CONFERENCE

SCHEDULED VENDOR MEETINGS 

Members and Vendors have the opportunity to meet and explore partnership opportunities at the ICBA PRIMEtime event and Business Encounter meetings. ICBA's PRIMEtime allows buyers and vendors to interact in a dynamic round-robin format. These meetings are an opportunity to discuss new products, explore promotions and marketing opportunities, and negotiate and place orders. During Business Encounter sessions, a select group of ICBA Vendor Partners will present their latest offerings, provide insight into common challenges, and highlight opportunities to work together to better serve stores and institutions.

WHAT OUR ATTENDEES ARE SAYING:

"Being a newcomer to the independent side, I think that the information provided and the networking opportunities garnered from this conference were absolutely invaluable to our operation. I look forward to attending again in the future."

Ann Floresca, Western Kentucky University

“The ability to network and discuss what works (or not!) and why is INVALUABLE!!”

Michelle Fournier, University Bookstore / University of Washington

“The conference provides a good mix of perspective from vendor partners, outside experts, and peer stores learning from each other to stay ahead of the change. You naturally feel inspired and motivated to get back to your store and implement new action plans.”

Heather Dean, Iowa State University Bookstore

“The speed-dating aspect of vendor presentation away from a trade show floor was great. It allowed/required getting down to brass tacks and in my opinion it made the time spent much more productive and valuable for both the vendors and the stores.”

Kelly Holt, UC Davis Stores

“The ICBA Conference consistently exceeds my expectations! The educational sessions surpass anything else in our industry, and I always look forward to them!”

Sherry Pollard, University of Missouri, Campus Retail

"Being a newcomer to the independent side, I think that the information provided and the networking opportunities garnered from this conference were absolutely invaluable to our operation. I look forward to attending again in the future."

Ann Floresca, Western Kentucky University

ICBA 2020 DESTINATION

Hilton El Conquistador
Tucson, AZ

10000 N Oracle Rd
Tucson, AZ 85704
520-544-1224
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PAST ICBA CONFERENCE LOCATIONS

2000    Albuquerque, New Mexico
2001    Colorado Springs, Colorado
2002    Tucson, Arizona
2003    San Antonio, Texas
2004    San Diego, California
2005    Las Vegas, Nevada
2006    Orlando, Florida

2007    San Antonio, Texas
2008    Destin, Florida
2009    Scottsdale, Arizona
2010    San Antonio, Texas
2011    Henderson, Nevada
2012    Fort Myers, Florida
2013    Bellevue, Washington

2014    New Orleans, Louisiana
2015    San Diego, California
2016    Orlando, Florida
2017    Las Vegas, Nevada
2018    Anaheim, California
2019    Jacksonville, Florida

ICBA Conference & PRIMEtime

Registration opens Summer 2019!

QUESTIONS?
Contact us at 800.888.9222 or Office@ICBAinc.com