The Story of the Retail Entrepreneur

 


 

UA_TJLC_logo2

 

The Ideas to Doors (I2D) Conference, hosted by the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing at the university of Arizona, is about the stories of retail entrepreneurs and innovators.  It is about the passion, the determination, the belief that they could take their ideas – as crazy as they may have seemed at the start – and get them into the doors of their retail stores and of their customers.

 

  • taylorstitich_narrow
  • ls-store_cropped
  • osb_2_topslider
  • pc_topslider
  • neverforgottenspread_narrow

 

So, if I go, what will I get out of attending Ideas to Doors?

You will get a great deal whether you are a young student or professional or an industry veteran.  This conference is about getting an intimate peek into some amazing retail stories and innovations that are beginning to build their own legacy like many of the household names of retailing did in the decades and centuries past.  This is about feeling the energy and passion of entrepreneurs who don’t just go along but are finding their niche in the market and charging through it.

I2D is not your typical industry conference.  It isn’t about listening to speakers but about sitting in on a conversation.  It is about hearing the oftentimes gut-wrenching but always inspiring and head-shaking stories of real innovators as they navigate the startup challenge.  It is about feeling the pain and glory of putting it all on the line for an idea that they believe – deep in their soul – is a great one.  It is about seeing the passion in the eyes of people just like you that said “I know this will work, damn it!”  So, slide on a comfortable pair of jeans, slip into your coolest t-shirt, grab a cup of dark roast or Earl Grey, plop down in a comfy seat and join us in the conversation.

 

Ideas to Doors’ sponsors include:

 

Conference Details

 

What should I expect at the conference?

— What will the day look like?  —

Ideas to Doors is a one-day, conversation-style conference. You will meet eight retail innovators and entrepreneurs who will tell their story as they hold a conversation with a select group of individuals from the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing.  In these conversations, you will hear how they came up with their original idea, how they designed their first product or service, how they got their first sale and then continued to grow, what mistakes they have made and what successes they have enjoyed and a whole host of other lessons learned.  But, you will be able to take part too.  You will have a chance to come up on stage – and in front of the whole audience – become a part of that conversation.  You may be able to visit with the entrepreneurs, ask them questions and, at least with some, check out their products and even buy them – on stage!

— Where’s the location? —

We will be getting together at the Fox Theater at 17 West Congress in downtown Tucson.  The Fox, regarded as the “Crown Jewel” of downtown, has been a hub of the cultural past and present of Tucson since its opening in 1930.  It is also nearly the sole example of Southwestern Art Deco architecture in a theater!  So, it is damn cool and a great place to learn about retail entrepreneurship.

—What times does it start and when will we be done? —

We will get started at 8:00am so grab some breakfast and caffeine first.  We’ll take a break for lunch and then finish up around 5:00p.  But, things could go longer so no promises.

— What’s included in the registration? —

Come on, what else do you want beyond a killer set of speakers?  Seriously, to keep registration to a minimum, meals are on you but there may be some other takeaways and maybe a chance to buy a few things up on the stage and lobby too.

— since lunch is on me, Where do I eat? —

Being that it is downtown, you will have a chance to try out one of the many cool restaurants in the area or even grab something to go from one of the amazing food trucks.  Sonoran hot dog anyone?  No matter what, that promises a much wider assortment than the standard conference fare for sure!  And, no worries, you will have time for lunch.

— What do I wear?  —

This is NOT a business professional zone so don’t you dare wear a suit!  This is about jeans, t-shirts, and flip flops.  So come and relax.

 

I2D Logo_mesa2

Friday, September 15, 2017 – Tucson, Arizona

We will be getting together at 8:00am in Tucson, Arizona. We will go until 5:00pm or whenever we get done! So, strap in and enjoy!

Registration

University of Arizona Students, Staff, Faculty – Free with CatCard
Other Students and Faculty – $20 ($40 after 9/8/17)
All Others – $95 ($125 after 9/8/17)

Click here to register!

For groups of ten or more, please email us for discounted rates.

Are you interested in sponsoring?

Awaken

I2D will help to awaken the innovator in all of us.  To make one see the opportunity that entrepreneurship has to offer by sharing in the stories of the conference speakers.

Inspire

While many have an inkling to start one’s own company, the successful entrepreneurs who will take the stage will inspire many to take that first step.

Enlighten

The innovators behind the startup successes will be able to shine a light on the process that they took – and that others can take – from their idea to become a market success.

Believe

I2D will show that if one awakens their passion for entrepreneurship, is inspired to take on the challenge, and is enlightened about the path in front of oneself, that they will have the belief that their success is possible too.

Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing and the Ideas to Doors Conference

The Ideas to Doors (I2D) conference is the brainchild of the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing (TJLC) GCCR_TJLC_logoat the University of Arizona and a few other individuals who see the value and importance of an innovative spirit in retailing.  We believe that there was a place where the hard fought lessons of entrepreneurship in the retail space could be heard and shared.  Where these challenges could awaken, inspire, enlighten and make others believe.

I2D is a one-day, interactive conversation – not a series of one-way presentations – that will bring to the stage retail entrepreneurs who have battled the odds and found success.  It will give participants a chance to even come up on the stage and take part in the conversation;  not just watch it from the seats.  What it won’t be is boring and predictable.

Who We Are

The TJLC brings together emerging talent in the University of Arizona’s retailing degree, faculty, and industry to enhance retailing enterprises – new and old – worldwide.

Join us for this amazing opportunity to learn from the “doers” in retail entrepreneurship