FMS Solutions and the National Grocers Association Announce Financial Management Conference for Independent Grocery Operators

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Comprehensive “State of the Industry” Review Coupled with Retail Case Studies

This conference will gather independent operators from across the country to provide industry-best practices

FMS Solutions and The National Grocers Association (N.G.A.) are joining forces to provide an educational conference for members of the independent grocery retail industry, October 10-12, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento, California. The Financial Management Conference is geared towards Owners/Operators, Presidents, Chief Financial Officers and Vice Presidents and/or Directors of Operations. The interactive educational program will be uniquely tailored to the independent grocery operators offering workshops such as Economy…What Should I Expect Next Year, Discover Hidden Deductions, New Markets Tax Credits, Access to Credit/Financing and Ease Your Tax Burden. The focus of the conference is to help retailers improve their financial status and position their companies for growth. A special emphasis will be placed on preparing organizations to increase their store count with a special 3 part session Preparing Your Company For Growth.

According to Mark Ehleben, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for FMS Solutions, “This conference will gather independent operators from across the country to provide industry-best practices and reveal exciting new opportunities to take advantage of both immediately and throughout 2012. We are also very proud to have the National Grocers Association and their wealth of expertise involved with this conference.”

Peter Larkin, President and CEO of the N.G.A. said, “We are excited to offer our members a program that focuses specifically on the financial needs of the independent retailer; providing them with practical ideas to grow their business. Family owned and operated businesses play an important role in the development of the grocery industry; and joining forces with a loyal partner like FMS Solutions allows us to address the unique challenges and opportunities independent retailers and operators face.”

The Financial Management Conference will be held in cooperation with the California Grocers Association (CGA), the Arizona Food Marketing Alliance (AFMA), the Utah Food Industry Association (UFIA), the Northwest Grocery Association (NWGA) and the Washington Food Industry Association (WFIA). THE N.G.A. member registration will be extended to members of these organizations.

This conference is sponsored generously by The Food Partners, Pan-Oston Company, Cost Seg Associates and BGBC.

More information regarding the 2011 Financial Management Conference, including registration, can be found on the FMS website: http://www.FMSSolutions.com or N.G.A.’s website at: http://www.nationalgrocers.org.

About FMS, Inc.: Headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, FMS, Inc. (http://www.FMSSolutions.com) provides approximately 2,100 independent retail grocer and independent supermarket operations with financial, accounting and consulting services such as industry benchmarking, best practices and mission-critical decision support throughout the United States and in the Caribbean.

ABOUT N.G.A.: N.G.A. is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. An independent retailer is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating a variety of formats. Most independent operators are serviced by wholesale distributors, while others may be partially or fully self-distributing. Some are publicly traded but with controlling shares held by the family and others are employee owned. Independents are the true "entrepreneurs" of the grocery industry and dedicated to their customers, associates, and communities. N.G.A. members include retail and wholesale grocers, state grocers associations, as well as manufacturers and service suppliers. For more information about N.G.A. and the independent sector of the industry, see the N.G.A. website at http://www.nationalgrocers.org.

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