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Extension is expanding its online education and resources to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions.

Knowing and growing retail trade

Examine your community's retail economy

Retail markets are changing, and local retailers are challenged to stay competitive. Extension helps local businesses and community leaders maintain a competitive retail marketplace.

How we help

Extension's community economics educators create customized research reports that help your community know and grow the local retail economy. We'll present our findings and generate discussion that stimulates local action.

We can help your community obtain information on the following:

  • Market area profile: Who's shopping in your community? Knowing the answer to this question will help you meet customer needs and increase revenue. Learn about market area profiles
  • Retail trade: Our customized analysis will reveal your retail strengths and weaknesses. Use these reports to plan and strengthen the local marketplace. Learn about retail trade analysis

Resources for retail development

Our online resources help communities think about the future of their retail sector.

News and articles

Read retail-focused news and articles from Extension.

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