AQR Academy

The resources, solutions, skills, and strategies you need to run your business. Virtual events for retailers. Attend live via Zoom. Unable to attend? Watch later – all events and workshops are recorded. Access anytime!

Fast-paced presentations focused on topics needed to be a successful business owner as we move ahead in this ever changing world.

AQR Academy – Fall 2021: “Smarketing!
September 2, 2021 – 9:00 am – 3:30 pm CST

What does it mean to delight the customer? To create customer loyalty? Register now for a a day full of learning, insight, inspiration, and networking.
AQR Academy Workshop: Differentiate Yourself From Your Competition
October 7, 2021 – 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm CST

Special Guest, Amber Griffiths, (bestselling author, international speaker and sought-after strategist) presents how to differentiate yourself in the marketplace, and more importantly, help your ideal customers find you.
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AQR Academy Workshop: End-of-Year Cash Flow
November 4, 2021 – 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm CST

Cash flow is the lifeblood of your business and it should be under constant review and optimization. Never is this truer than as the year comes to a close. Guest Presenter: Jacob Curtis
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AQR Summer Camp: Show Off Your Shop plus Let’s Talk Batiks (Recording)
Scott Fortunoff of Jaftex Corp will share an exciting challenge for shop owners. Even if you don’t enter the challenge you will learn great tips on how to use video to promote your store. Plus: Let’s take a trip down your batik wall and talk about the whole thing!
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AQR Academy Workshop
Rethink, Revise, Re-Energize: Video snippets from shop owners plus Q&A (Recording)

A 90-minute Virtual Workshop: Savvy snippets from shop owners show you what they are doing to keep moving forward. Followed by Q&A Session.
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AQR Academy Workshop: Visual Merchandising 101: Making the Most of Your Store with Christopher Thompson. (Recording)
A 90-minute Live Virtual Workshop featuring Christopher Thompson, The Tattooed Quilter!
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Diamond Sponsor: Jaftex Diamond Sponsor:QT Fabrics
Silver Sponsor: P&B Textiles

Learn tips and techniques for moving forward. Grow through virtual networking with other industry professionals. Join us as we create and continue the conversation.

AQR Academy 2021 Schedule:


AQR Academy – Spring 2021: March 4, 2021 – Purchase the recordings and digital recap here.
AQR Academy – Fall 2021: September 2, 2021 – Register Now!

Registration Includes:

  • Virtual event covering topics critical to running a small business.
  • Recordings of day’s classes for future reference.
  • Opportunity to network with other industry professionals
  • First 200 registrants receive a Swag Bag Box shipped directly to them.
  • All participants are invited to join a private Facebook group.
  • Continuing the conversation through FREE monthly Zoom networking events
  • Digital magazine recap of the Event .
  • Access to experts in the industry.
  • FREE monthly Zoom Continue the Conversations for all Academy participants; third Thursday of the month.


February 4, 2021Craft Effective Social Media Content (Recording: Buy Now, Listen Anytime)
April 1, 2021Christopher Thompson, The Tattooed Quilter – (Recording: Buy Now, Listen Anytime)
June 3, 2021Rethink, Revise, Re-Energize: Registration Now Open! (Recording: Buy Now, Listen Anytime)
July 1, 2021 – AQR Summer Camp: Show Off Your Shop plus Let’s Talk Batiks (Recording: Buy Now, Listen Anytime)
October 7, 2021 – Differentiate Yourself From Your Competition: Register Now!
November 4, 2021 – End-of-Year Cash Flow: Register Now!


Package Offer (all 2021 Events and Workshops) – subscribers: $440   
Package Offer (all 2021 Events and Workshops) – non-subscribers: $780 

Events – subscribers: $95
Events – non-subscribers: $5   

Workshops – subscribers: $35   
Workshops – non-subscribers: $65   

Not a subscriber? Become one today to take advantage of the lower pricing.

Did you miss an AQR Academy Event or Workshop? No worries! You can still get all of the information presented. Purchase the recording and listen any time and as often as you want.

Craft Effective Social Media Content (Recording)

Purchase the recording of this workshop workshop featuring Kristy Honsvick (internationally sought out content strategist) and Hollie Clere (social media strategist, consultant, and trainer)!

AQR Academy-Spring 2021: March 4th, 2021 (Recording)

Purchase the recordings and digital recap from AQR Academy – Spring 2021 held on March 4, 2021.

Social Selling (Recording)

Purchase the recording of Social Selling Workshop held on November 12th here.

AQR Academy 2021 – Full Year: It is not too late to sign up!

Live (via Zoom): 2 Events( 4-5 hour long) + 6 Workshops (90 minutes) plus all the benefits and perks!
Register now for a full year of fast-paced classes focused on topics needed to be a successful retail owner.