2012 NCPA Ownership Events Scheduled

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Pharmacy Ownership Workshops and Jumpstart Your Pharmacy Business Seminar
Help Current and Future Independent Pharmacy Owners

Alexandria, Va. - Dec. 12, 2011

Registration is now open for the 2012 National Community Pharmacists Association's (NCPA) ownership events. In 2012, the Pharmacy Ownership Workshops, sponsored by McKesson and in part by Pharmacists Mutual, will be held February 24-26 in Dallas, Tex.; May 18-20 in San Francisco, Calif.; and August 24-26 in Arlington, Va.

Launched in 1991, the Pharmacy Ownership Workshops offers 19.25 hours of continuing education credits for pharmacists seeking to purchase an existing store or open up a new one, or for existing owners to polish up important management skills. A key attraction for attendees will be one-on-one consultations with NCPA's new Senior Director of Store Operations & Marketing, Gabe Trahan, who is an expert in layout modification, merchandising, curb appeal, pricing strategies, and advertising as part of the new member benefit, Front-End Overhaul...More Traffic, More Profits!. There will be a drawing for one free virtual pharmacy visit from Trahan during the workshop.

Introduced in 2010, in response to owner feedback, the Jumpstart Your Pharmacy Business: A Seminar for Owners is designed for current independent pharmacy owners looking to advance their business. Attendees will learn how to better analyze their finances, gain access to important tax and accounting information, understand the benefits of investing in technology, utilize merchandising tools, better handle third party audits, enhance their marketing prowess, and develop new niche services strategies. The 2012 date for the Jumpstart Seminar is July 14-15 in Alexandria, Va.

"While getting your business up and running is a challenge many independent community pharmacy owners overcome, the frustration of taking their business to the next level is considerable," said Lonny Wilson, DPh, NCPA president and pharmacy owner in Oklahoma City, OK. "Both of these programs provide the tools to help pharmacy owners get started and tighten up operations, improve profitability, and capitalize on new opportunities."

Both of these workshops are part of the multi-faceted, comprehensive NCPA Ownership Academy, which helps pharmacists navigate every step of the entrepreneurial process from buying to selling a pharmacy, as part of the association's focus on increasing the number of independent community pharmacy owners throughout the country.

To learn more or register for these events, click here or call 1-800-544-7447 extension 2670.

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents the interests of America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies. Together they represent a $93 billion health care marketplace, dispense nearly 40% of all retail prescriptions, and employ more than 315,000 people, including 62,400 pharmacists. Independent community pharmacists are readily accessible medication experts who can help lower health care spending. They are committed to maximizing the appropriate use of lower-cost generic drugs and reducing the estimated $290 billion that is wasted annually by improper medication use. To learn more go to www.ncpanet.org or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at http://ncpanet.wordpress.com.

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