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March 27, 2013

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Westfield's Fox Valley Mall and Southlake Mall Boost the WFamily Mission with Soft Play Areas "One of the highlights of my career was to develop Southlake Mall's indoor play area," says Lisa DeVries, now Marketing Director with Fox Valley. "The way that people respond to these soft playgrounds is invaluable to us." (More)
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5 Cures for Business Growing Pains
A growing business is a successful business, but it comes with its own set of complications. Growing pains can arise from new employees, added roles and responsibilities, and a premium on office space. Read this informative e-book for five practical tips to managing your growing office space.
  Retail News 
  • Dollar General plans to open 635 new stores in 2013
    Dollar General reported a 0.5% rise in fourth-quarter sales and stronger-than-expected earnings, and the discount chain expects the addition of more food and tobacco items to bring stronger sales growth this year. The chain plans to open 635 new stores in 2013, driving the total to more than 11,000 by the end of the year. Retailing Today (3/25), Reuters (3/25) Email this Story
  • Consumers are expected to increase spending
    After two months of negative factors weighing against consumers, spending growth seen this year is expected to pick up. Reduced debt, rising employment and declining energy costs also are seen as stimulants. "Headwinds in February were temporary. They are going to be tailwinds in March," said Neil Dutta, head of U.S. economics at Renaissance Macro Research. Bloomberg (3/25) Email this Story
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  • You can't lead by being distant
    The best bosses aren't afraid to get involved when it comes to feedback, coaching and mentoring, writes Linda Sharkey. "While feedback is essential, how you deliver it is also critical. As the leader, don't distance yourself from others -- instead, get involved and stay involved," she advises. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (3/22) Email this Story
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  • ICSC Named NYSAE's 2013 Synergy Award for Website Excellence Recipient
    The International Council of Shopping Centers has been selected as the recipient of the New York Society of Association Executives' (NYSAE) 2013 Synergy Award for Website Excellence in the trade association category. The award will be presented to ICSC at the NYSAE Synergy Awards Luncheon on April 17 at 12 p.m. at The New Yorker Hotel.

    The NYSAE Synergy Award for Website Excellence in the trade association category recognizes member associations for outstanding website design. The criteria for this award include: ease of navigation, aesthetics, consistency, internal search capabilities, interactability, originality and Internet vision.

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  • 2013 ICSC Foundation Annual Gala Dinner
    The ICSC Foundation, the non-profit public charity of ICSC, will celebrate its 25th Anniversary with a Gala Dinner at Bellagio Hotel & Casino May 19, in conjunction with RECon. The event includes a cocktail reception, dinner and entertainment by comedian impressionist Terry Fator, winner of “America’s Got Talent.” Limited seating tickets are available as well as sponsorship opportunities for companies wishing to invite clients to reserved tables. The ICSC Foundation promotes and rewards community support efforts and provides undergraduate, graduate-level and retail real estate practitioner’s educational scholarships. Buy tickets, sponsorships and ads here. Email this Story
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