NCPA Updates--January 2009

Published Online: Thursday, January 29, 2009
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NCPA Ownership Workshop
Brought to you with support from Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company and continuing support from the NCPA Foundation, this 3-day course in pharmacy ownership and management is specifically designed for potential pharmacy owners and provides an intensive curriculum on finance, business analysis, marketing, and much more! In addition, several pharmacy owners will be on hand to provide their perspective on how they got started, the risk, and the rewards of pharmacy ownership. More than 50% of past workshop participants now own their own pharmacy. Meet and ask questions to past workshop participants who have successfully opened multiple stores and see how easy it is done.
Where: Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport, Pittsburgh, PA
When: May 1-3, 2009
The cost of the workshop is $650 for NCPA members, $825 for nonmember staff pharmacists, and $925 for nonmember pharmacy owners/managers. The registration fee includes all meals, 2 nights’ lodging, tuition, and continuing education processing. Class size is limited to the first 75 paid registrants, so register early. To register or for more information, click here.
Establish, Improve a Long-Term Care Niche
NCPA’s Community Aging, Assisted Living, and Long-Term Care Certificate Program, April 24-26 in Richmond, Virginia, helps you as a community pharmacist reach more customers and operate your business more efficiently and profitably. The program, accredited by NCPA’s National Institute for Pharmacist Care Outcomes, delivers expert information to create a niche or resolve your most crucial management challenges. Click here to register.
CCTV Wholesalers’ Discount Ends February 1
The 15% NCPA member discount on CCTV Wholesalers’ products will end February 1. CCTV Wholesalers creates video surveillance solutions to best meet customers’ needs, from small residential single-camera systems to large industrial needs. Sales professionals will be happy to speak with you to determine what options are available and which options might be best for your dollar. All products carry a 1-year warranty for added peace of mind. Founded in New Orleans in 1998, CCTV Wholesalers’ customers include Fortune 500 companies, the US military, the US government, and law enforcement entities worldwide. For more information on how to access the exclusive NCPA member discount, visit the Members Only section and click on Protect Your Pharmacy Now!

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