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Culture & Commerce News Brief

MSA's Job Source attracts the best and brightest in the industry
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Make sure your job posting delivers qualified candidates by posting it on MSA's Job Source! The most effective recruiters today have found that niche career websites, like Job Source, deliver the most highly qualified talent and have the best return on investment. Our candidate network is made up of the targeted professionals you want to reach. Search the resume database for free, find your perfect candidate and post your jobs today! More

Pop-Out Jewelry is a Do-It-Yourself Jewelry Kit

It’s fun, contemporary, wearable art that makes the perfect gift! Each shape comes with silver chain or ear hooks. Email us today at or call us at 512-912-2323 for a
free sample.

The thrill of the hunt!
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Have you checked out MyMSA lately? It's the best place to find niche discussion groups, see the latest news and information from MSA and find valuable resources to help you run your business. So, to help get you familiar with this great MSA member benefit, we're sponsoring a scavenger hunt. Simply go to MyMSA and answer the three questions found in the "Enter to Win!" section…you'll be entered to win a $10 Starbuck's gift card! So far, we have only one entry, so your odds are looking good. Happy hunting! More

Turbulent economy testing retailers' foresight
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If any year has put retailers' prediction skills to the test, it would be this one. Merchandise orders must be placed anywhere from weeks to months to a year before the goods appear on shelves for a shot at being someone's Christmas present. More

Is back-to-school spending a holiday barometer?
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While the conventional retailing wisdom has long held that back-to-school spending is a major indicator of how consumers will behave during the holiday season, experts say it's time to hunt for a whole new set of tea leaves. More

George Fischoff presents the Musical Gauguin/Savage Light

By composer of classic hits "Lazy Day" and "98.6." Longest running Off-Broadway musical in years!

Read the NY Times Review

Click here for Tickets and Show Times


5 ways it's already holiday shopping season
The Street    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If summer vacationers are convinced they're not in the middle of holiday shopping season, they've been getting too much sun. While the American consumer has been flirting with melanoma and sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic boxed in by mobile homes and kayak-toting crossovers, the retail world has been preparing for Halloween, Thanksgiving and the winter holidays. More

Americans, economy feel ripple effect from drop in spending
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Consumer fears that things may get worse and concern over having enough in the bank are part of the reason the U.S. is in so much trouble today and faces the prospect of more pain in the years ahead. More

No more 'no receipt, no return'?
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In an era of paperless billing and smartphone payments, a paper receipt seems somehow passe. Wrinkly, inky and easily torn or lost, the receipt is a relic of a quickly changing retail landscape filled with new technological advancements. While some companies are going receipt-free by creating return policies that instead access consumer transactions using credit card information or other methods, others are still staunchly holding to their "no receipt, no return" policies. More

Luxury shoppers go on a spending spree
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Frugal chic is so 2009 — at least among the country club set. After a couple of years of "shopping in their closets" or settling for a cheaper Prada bag, luxury shoppers have cast off their spending shackles. More

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Augmented reality app reveals the world's hidden stories    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Now available for iPhone 3GS/4 and Android, Tagwhat's "Great Stories at Places" app aims to let users experience hidden stories everywhere they go. The company's team of new media journalists and filmmakers have amassed thousands of original and curated stories told in words, images, video, and audio, supplemented by publishing partners including the Associated Press, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Virginia Beach Public Library system. More

From just looking to just buying
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Want to turn customers who are "just looking" into "just buying"? Maximizing these opportunities can have a substantial impact on your sales results. More

4 steps to increase shopping cart conversions
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Among all the interactions an e-commerce customer has with your site, the checkout process is arguably the one over which you have the most control. Still, pitfalls abound, so when it comes to creating a seamless experience for your customers, make sure you start with the cart. Here's a four-step strategy you can use to increase your e-commerce website's shopping cart conversions. More

How to run a great small business
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Tips and suggestions on how to run the small business you want abound all across the Web. You just have to know where to find them. Small Business Trends has collected some tips from the most authoritative sources and the thriving small business community to compile a list of links that it hopes will help transform your business and your life. More

Connecting with the connected generation
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How well do you know the Millennial generation? Try this quick pop quiz and whether you ace it or strike out, there is plenty of data about Millennials that retailers need to assimilate — and there's no time to waste. More

Retail sales post biggest gain in 4 months
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Consumers spent more money in July on a wide variety of goods, marking the biggest one-month increase in retail sales since the spring. More

Libraries help with free Museum Adventure Pass
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How would you like to take your kids to Brookfield Zoo this summer for free? Or, how about going to the Lake County Discovery Museum, the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston, or the Graue Mill Museum in Oak Brook, all for free? These opportunities and more are available to anyone holding a library card who lives in the districts of multiple libraries participating in the Museum Adventure Pass program, presented by Macy's. More

Top island spots chosen for souvenir
The Jamestown Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new souvenir, touting Jamestown's 10 top places to visit, has gone on sale at the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum, according to its creator Dorrie Linn. The "I Visted Jamestown, R.I." card, which comes with a grease pen and a plastic pouch, retails for $3.50. The museum gift shop started selling the card last month. More

Artists Market to benefit Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art
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Inspiring art. Uplifting piano music. Cool temps. What could be more refreshing than a stroll inside the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art as it hosts its two-day Artists Market? More than 30 local artists will display and sell a variety of artwork, including folk art, pottery, sculptures, paintings and stained glass to benefit the museum and Isabelle's Museum Store. More

The articles that appear in the MSA Culture & Commerce News Brief are chosen from a variety of sources to reflect important news relevant to the cultural commerce industry. An article's inclusion in the Culture & Commerce News Brief does not imply that MSA endorses, supports or verifies its contents or expressed opinions. Factual errors are the responsibility of the listed publication.


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