Strategic Plan Archive
The 2004/05 Strategic Planning Committee takes great responsibility in providing a direction for the future of our Tri-State Bookstore Association. After evaluating our current Strategic Plan, we recommend that the current objective changes be made for the associations’ continued achievement of our mission and vision. These four basic objectives: Organizational Structure, Membership, Education and Professional Development, and Fiscal Responsibility are reflective of how the associations’ actions support its membership.
Tri-State Bookstore Association Strategic Plan
Tri-State Bookstore Association (TSBA) serves as a resource for institutional, private, lease, two-year and four-year college stores and associate vendors within Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. We are dedicated to the needs of our members by providing and promoting participation in educational offerings for professional development, networking opportunities, and National Association of College Stores (NACS) partnerships, programs and services.
Tri-State Strategic Planning Vision
The Strategic Planning committee's vision for Tri-State is to provide networking and professional development opportunities for members--especailly for those members who may not be able to take advantage of other associations offerings because of geographic location or budget. Our belief in providing these opportunities assists members in meeting the challenges and changes of the college bookstore marketplace.
Objective 1: Organizational Structure
As leadership changes, consistency and continuity are important for the integrity and organization of the association. The Organizational Structure objective addresses leadership and communication.
- Review and update job descriptions and responsibilities for the association officers and committee members.
- Define committee responsibilities and objectives.
- Compose an annual association calendar with deadlines for all committee responsibilities.
- Design and implement an association web site and list serve.
- Develop and distribute membership handbook.
- Strategic Plan
- Membership Directory
- Generic grant applications
- Historical information on association
Tri-State needs to make the most of its current members by enhancing their participation in the services offered to them and by looking at ways to increase the membership base.
- Maintain an effective database of stores and vendors in the Tri-State area, as well as within one hour or 100 miles of each border state and compare to the current membership list.
- Develop a directory of all Tri-State members by store, company and personnel to be distributed to all members at the annual convention (handbook).
- Continually refine database management criteria.
- Utilize vendor and publisher associated to establish store member contacts and visa versa.
- Develop a campaign to increase member numbers.
- Construct a letter of invitation that lists the benefits of being a member of our association.
Objective 3: Educational and Professional Development
As the core mission of the TSBA, it is the responsibility of the association to provide professional development for our members to meet the challenges of the college store industry.
- Send the President-Elect and Host school representative to NACS annual leadership conference.
- Develop educational goals to reflect the six core competencies of the NACS education programming.
- Business Stewardship
- College Store Operations
- Course Material & Intellectual Property
- Marketing and Campus Relations
- Motivating, Empowering, and Leadership
- Retailing and Merchandising
- Assist the education committee with selecting presenters and developing education program for annual meeting.
- Support attendance of NACS sponsored events.
- Support regional association events other than the annual meeting: Ex: CSP certification.
Objective 4: Fiscal Responsibility
To ensure continued viability, Tri-State Bookstore Association will have a financial reserve to carry forward to the next fiscal year. To meet this requirement we adhere to the following goals.
- Maintain financial reserve equal to the cost of annual meeting ($30,000).
- Develop budgets for:
- Association Fiscal Year
- Annual meeting: Host and Education committees
- Professional development grants to be reviewed annually by the executive board in October.
- Budget for grants not to exceed 10% of budget reserve.
- Stores can be awarded one scholarship every other year.
- Scholarships will be based on availability of funds and issued to active Tri-State Stores.
- Budgets and application will be reviewed by the executive board at the executive board meetings in March and October.
- Grant monies not funded will be used to assist members in obtaining Certified Store Professional (CCR) Certification and to attend or sponsor local association events.
- Increase membership in TSBA. (See Membership Objective)
- Provide Vendor Members with sponsorship opportunities at each annual meeting.