Why Attend

If You Are a Prospective Pharmacy Owner:

Congratulations on deciding to explore community pharmacy ownership! You have already accomplished a big hurdle by deciding to take that first step on the path to becoming a pharmacy owner. Now, let the NCPA Innovation Center and our pharmacy experts help guide you the rest of the way to success.

The NCPA Innovation Center Pharmacy Ownership Workshop, sponsored by McKesson and in part by Live Oak Bank and Pharmacists Mutual Companies, is a three-day intensive course designed to help you get started on all aspects of ownership, whether you are starting from the ground up or purchasing an existing store. Our team of experts answer the nitty-gritty questions about the loan approval process, licensure agreements, creating a start-up checklist, writing a business plan, designing an effective store layout, and much more (see the full program agenda here).

Other topics covered in the program include:

  • Developing and maintaining a successful pharmacy practice

  • Planning for successful growth

  • Business owner roles, responsibilities, and management styles

  • Financial planning for a successful practice

  • Determining your pharmacy's financing needs

  • How to market your pharmacy practice

  • Assessing technology needs for the pharmacy

  • Legal and accounting advice for the beginning owner, including pitfalls to avoid

  • Business experiences of an owner/past Workshop graduate

  • Floor planning, pricing strategies, and product placement

You'll benefit from the wisdom and advice of current community pharmacy owners who have been in your very shoes and learned valuable lessons along the way. The best part of the program is the numerous networking opportunities you will have with other prospective owners, industry leaders, and our team of experts, who have a collective 30+ years of experience in helping independent pharmacy owners succeed. More than 50 percent of past Ownership Workshop attendees now own their own pharmacy...will you be one of them? Register now.


If You Are a Current Pharmacy Owner:

As a current pharmacy owner, you may think you already know about the topics covered in this program – but there is always room to grow! Or perhaps you are thinking of opening another store, and it has been a while since you opened your current location. The NCPA Innovation Center Pharmacy Ownership Workshop, sponsored by McKesson and in part by Live Oak Bank and Pharmacists Mutual Companies, will present the most up-to-date financial, legal, management, merchandising, and marketing advice from top pharmacy experts you need to open a new store or make your current location(s) more successful. Current owners have found this workshop to be an eye-opening experience about their own business practices, and many leave the program with plans to better streamline business operations.

Topics covered during the program that current owners will find especially beneficial include:

  • Developing and maintaining a successful pharmacy practice

  • Planning for successful growth

  • Business owner roles, responsibilities, and management styles

  • Financial planning for a successful practice

  • Determining your pharmacy's financing needs

  • How to market your pharmacy practice

  • Assessing technology needs for the pharmacy

  • Legal and accounting advice, including pitfalls to avoid

  • Floor planning, pricing strategies and product placement

Sometimes we all need a refresher. Strengthen your ownership and management skills and watch your business grow during this weekend program. Register now.


What Previous Ownership Workshop Attendees Are Saying:

"The NCPA Ownership Workshop was a crash course in everything needed to successfully run a pharmacy—either a startup operation or an established store. The wealth of knowledge is invaluable to anyone in the pharmacy business." — Jody Reel

"I thought I knew a lot from participating in the Business Plan Competition in school ... I was wrong! Now I know a lot!" — Allison Harland

"This workshop has helped me through junior partnership and acquiring a second pharmacy. Hopefully it will help in opening a third store." -- Jason Spencer

"Ownership Workshop is a meeting of all of the top experts in independent pharmacy ownership and the most insightful and bright minds among potential/ current pharmacy owners. It was definitely a great jumpstart to my pharmacy ownership journey! I would recommend it to all serious potential owners." -- Dana Zimpelman

"This workshop is a must for anyone even thinking about pharmacy ownership." -- Andrew Mize