The Minnesota Retailers Association (MnRA) is hosting the first annual Retail Rally event on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. The one-day event will bring more than 200 of Minnesota’s top retailers and students together to network, learn from industry leaders and celebrate the accomplishments of our state’s retail industry. Keynote Vikas Narula, creator and co-founder of Keyhubs, will address The Power Of Connection, Bridging The Divide, and Jeri Meola, founder and president of SMS Research Advisors, will present Journey Mapping—One Of The Best Ways to Truly Understand Your Customer. Breakout sessions lead by industry professionals will focus on three learning tracks: people factors; connecting factors; and leadership factors. MnRA will present twelve industry awards for the following categories: • Lifetime Achievement • Elected Official of the Year • Vendor Partner of the Year • Retailer of the Year • Retail Community of the Year • Retail Employee of the Year • Social Responsibility • Best Place to Work • Retail Innovation • Customer Experience • Advocate of the Year Award • Academic of the Year To nominate a Minnesota retailer, please submit the online form at http://retailrally.com/awards. All nominations must be submitted by Friday, September 8.