KABR expects to face our toughest battle against Uncork during the next legislative session. This means that what retailers do between now and the General Election in November will be key to our success or failure next year. Many of our loyal friends in the Legislature are retiring - so, we can't sit back to "see what happens"! Legislators (especially new ones) are not likely to ignore the Big Box offer to add $40 million to the state budget - in spite of its falsehood - unless they have been educated by their local businesses.
The KABR Annual Conference and Legislative Events has been organized to support our fight for small businesses - we will meet with legislators at the Friday Reception and the Saturday Legislative Luncheon. Please RSVP today!
Get more out of these events by bringing your checkbook, and it will be an informal fundraiser for those who attend the Reception from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Friday at Blarney Stone Pub. We must support the legislators who support us, so please plan to participate by attending or sending a contribution through KABR. Senate contributions are limited to $1000. House of Representatives contributions are limited to $500. Any level is appreciated by the candidates.
The KABR Conference and Legislative Luncheon is an effective opportunity to educate legislators and show them the importance of their locally owned retail businesses. You will also learn which legislators have supported our Kansas owned liquor stores. Our annual luncheons have created wonderful partnerships with many legislators. In order for these efforts to continue to be successful, retailers must show up. (This is also a good opportunity to give a contribution to key legislators.)
We will also present first hand information about the efforts in neighboring states Oklahoma and Colorado to expand liquor sales to the grocery and convenience stores and how that may impact the issue in Kansas.
Other important weekend events include the Retailers/Employees Training, Awards Dinner, and Annual Business Meeting.
Please register now to attend: Register Online
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KABR is giving you the tools to Stand Up for Small Business. The key is to support the candidates who support you. MAKE IT COUNT! With the polls running very close in a number of races, your vote matters. And this is the time of year when elected officials and candidates are most eager to hear from you.
Click here for a list of candidates on the ballot and where they stand on our issues (if we know). Many of our friends are facing fierce challengers and they need your help! For step by step instructions - read more at this link.
The Kansas Association of Beverage Retailers offers membership to licensed retail liquor store owners in Kansas. Since 1949, the Kansas Association of Beverage Retailers has been the liquor store owners organized voice in Topeka.
Retailer Education Seminars
The Kansas Association of Beverage Retailers offers retailer training seminars with the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. With the adoption of many new statutes and new regulations in the past three years, this education is extremely important to your business. Seminars are offered regularly from April to December at various locations throughout the state. This year, training seminars are available at regular KABR events (see calendar). Also, KABR will set up training events on request. KABR Members are eligible for two free registrations. Fees for seminars are typically around $20 per person, but can vary according to actual cost. ABC considers voluntary training to be a mitigating factor for licensee violations.
For training, sign up for upcoming conferences, or to set up a seminar, please email KABR.
Retailers attend legislative hearings. Photo by Kathy Damron.