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Boulay Recognized With Business Resource of the Year Award

Minnesota's Retail Champions 2020

Boulay Recognized With Business Resource of the Year Award

After reviewing dozens of applications from across the state, the Minnesota Retailers Association is pleased to award Boulay the Business Resource of the Year award in the 2020 Minnesota’s Retail Champions program.

“Boulay has been a true leader in helping its clients and many other Minnesota businesses during the COVID pandemic,” says Bruce Nustad, Minnesota Retailers Association president. “When many are putting their heads down to ride out this difficult time, Boulay has doubled down on providing advice and resources to retailers and businesses looking to navigate the pandemic. We are deeply appreciative for the countless sleepless nights the team at Boulay has put in as they help organizations make decisions on the Paycheck Protection Program and other key programs, and we congratulate the firm on being named the retail industry Resource of the Year.”

“Throughout the pandemic, Boulay has stepped up and offered information to help people navigate the new normal,” said Dan Markowitz, partner at Boulay. “In addition to working tirelessly with clients, we have helped associations like the Minnesota Retailers Association and its members understand pandemic relief efforts like the Paycheck Protection Program. While it’s hard to see the impacts of the pandemic on retailers and our other clients, we are proud to be a resource.”

Markowitz will accept the award virtually during the Retail Rally event on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, beginning at 2:00 p.m. The event features seven 20-minute practical, game-changing, cutting edge retail innovations strategies and ideas.

Boulay is the sole recipient of the Minnesota’s Retail Champions Business Resource of the Year award. Nine other organizations will be recognized in other categories such as Lifetime Achievement, Retailer of the Year, Retail Manager of the Year, Vendor Partner of the Year, Customer Experience, Best Place to Work, Retail Community of the Year, Advocate of the Year, and Retail Innovation.

Retail Rally event information can be found at www.retailrally.com.

Minneapolis Mart Recognized As Vendor Partner of the Year

Minnesota's Retail Champions 2020

Minneapolis Mart Recognized As Vendor Partner of the Year

After reviewing dozens of applications from across the state, the Minnesota Retailers Association is pleased to recognize Minneapolis Mart with its Vendor Partner of the Year award in the 2020 Minnesota’s Retail Champions program.

“Retailers need every advantage they can get today, and one of those important, strategic advantages is the Minneapolis Mart,” says Bruce Nustad, Minnesota Retailers Association president. “As a partner to retailers, Minneapolis Mart gives retailers an opportunity to see and touch products from multiple vendors through locally-owned curated experiences. And the ability to see products, ask questions and place orders through Minneapolis Mart’s exhibitors is unmatched not only in Minnesota, but throughout the Midwest. We congratulate Minneapolis Mart as our well-deserved Vendor Partner of the Year.”

“At Minneapolis Mart, we strive to make our retailers and buyers feel welcome and at ease,” says Kate Jenson, board member at Minneapolis Mart. “We are very approachable, easy to navigate, and friendly as we bring unique products to retailers across the Midwest. We are proud that Minneapolis Mart is doing its part in fueling the economy and providing connections between suppliers, representatives and retailers at a time when that is needed more than ever.”

Kate Jenson will accept the award virtually during the Retail Rally event on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. The event features seven 20-minute practical, game-changing, cutting edge retail innovations strategies and ideas.

Minneapolis Mart is the sole recipient of the Minnesota’s Retail Champions Vendor Partner of the Year award. Nine other organizations will be recognized in other categories such as Lifetime Achievement, Retailer of the Year, Retail Manager of the Year, Business Resource of the Year, Customer Experience, Best Place to Work, Retail Community of the Year, Advocate of the Year, and Retail Innovation.

Retail Rally event information can be found at www.retailrally.com.

Pharmacy Patient Access & Medication Security Grants Available

Applicaitons for funds due October 1


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Thanks to financial support from the RALI MN/Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative, the Minnesota Retailers Association (MnRA) and Minnesota Pharmacists Association (MPhA) are offering a limited number of grants to pharmacies looking to improve/restore safe customer access and/or secure medications within the context of opportunities noticed or impacts sustained during the recent periods of civil unrest.
 
Application deadline: October 1, 2020
 
What types of expenditures might qualify for funding?
 
Applications for grant dollars will be considered for:
  • Expenditures relating to restoring or improving safe consumer access at a pharmacy;
  • Expenditures relating to securing medications;
  • Expenditures surrounding continued or restoring operations under an improved safety model.

 Examples could include but are not limited to purchasing a time-delayed safe for controlled medication storage, improving exterior lighting, installing additional safety cameras, making changes to modify customer flow, or re-opening a entrance recently damaged.

 
What types of organizations might qualify for funding?
 
Funding to pharmacies will be prioritized, however other organizations storing and dispensing medications may be considered. In addition, organizations seeking grant dollars should be able to tie the project to a noticed need surrounding civil unrest.
 
What size of grants are available?
 
Projects where expenditures range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand will generally be considered. Organizations with larger expenditures are not discouraged from applying, however grant amounts may be limited resulting in partial funding.
 
What is the process for applying?
  1. To apply, click here to fill out the request form and submit by October 1. Please keep answers short.
  2. Organizations should limit the number of requests to one.
  3. Submissions received will be acknowledged via individual e-mail within 24 hours of receipt.  If you do not receive an individualized confirmation via e-mail within 24 hours please call (651) 227-6631.
  4. Only recipients of funds will be notified by October 7, with disbursement mid-October.
 
Who makes the grant decisions and when?
 
A taskforce made up of representatives of MnRA and MPhA will make funding decisions by October 7. Taskforce participants and their organizations are not eligible for funding.
 
Who can I reach out to with questions?
 
Questions can be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (651) 227-6631.
 
 

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