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Online tools:

Foursquare

Foursquare Merchant Platform lets business owners offer discounts or freebies (called Specials) to people who come to their retail stores. The Platform is free, and Foursquare lets business owners choose from a variety of Specials, depending on whether they want to acquire new customers (in which case they might use a Flash or Newbie Special) or to retain existing customers (using a Loyalty or Mayor Special).

Milo

Milo, a leading local shopping engine, which was recently acquired by eBay, is yet another powerful online tool to steer customers to your local retail business. Milo does this by showing consumers what stores in their neighborhood have in stock and how much it costs. This saves them time (and money), and it helps increase foot traffic.

Yelp

Yelp, as the company likes to say, is "word of mouth" amplified." The service connects millions of people (more than 53 million in June 2011 alone) with businesses serving their local neighborhoods -- or neighborhoods they are planning to visit. With a free Yelp Business account, small business owners can set up a business page with a detailed description, photos and timely information.

Gift, Home, Fashion and Toy Industry links:

Trade Associations links:

Gift and Home Trade Association

Toy Industry Association

Furnishings and Design Association

Retail Associations:

National Retail Federation

Retail Merchants Association

Amiba

Gift Marts links:
Atlanta Gift Mart  

Dallas Market Center

Las Vegas Market

Chicago Merchandise Mart

7 west NY Mart

Temp Show links:

GLM shows

Urban Expositions