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Ohio Council of Retail Merchants

The Ohio Council of Retail Merchants (The Council) has been serving the interests of Ohio’s retail and wholesale industries since 1922. Our 7,000-plus members rely on the expertise and passion of the Council leadership to promote and support initiatives that pave a positive path for the state’s retail community.

Economics Center & Applied Economics Research Institute (AERI) at the University of Cincinnati

The work of the Economics Center focuses on providing understandable, and yes, even FUN financial and economic education. For 40 years, the Center’s education team has been equipping students in grades K-12 with practical economic knowledge and skills. Approximately 25,000 children are impacted annually through the Center’s in-school programs and teacher training. These students are learning how to participate in the global economy and lead financially productive lives.

National Retail Federation

The National Retail Federation has represented retail for over a century. Every day, we passionately stand up for the people, policies and ideas that help retail thrive. As the nation’s largest private-sector employer, retail contributes $2.6 trillion to the annual GDP. No other industry comes close. Wherever the industry goes, the nation follows — so we’re committed to helping retail go further.

Retail Industry Leaders Association

The Retail Industry Leaders Association is the US trade association for leading retailers. We convene decision-makers, advocate for the industry, and promote operational excellence and innovation. Our aim is to elevate a dynamic industry by transforming the environment in which retailers operate.