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Business Services

Grassroots Outdoor Alliance provides the country’s top outdoor retailers relationships with manufacturers and business services that add value to their businesses. The group takes pride in working with industry partners who share the vision and ideals of the group. Listed below is the full suite of Business Services that we provide to our retailer members.

Black's Retail Consulting

Blacks Consulting is dedicated to helping independent retailers grow their businesses and meet performance goals. We are experts at inventory planning, business management and professional sales training.

Our industry analysts draw on over 30 years of experience to help Outdoor clients increase margins, manage change and keep on the cutting edge of market trends.

For more about Blacks Retail, contact Matt Pruitt at or phone (781) 325-6751.

Quote: “Over the years Blacks has probably saved/made us hundreds of thousands of dollars and put us in a dominant position against our competition.” - Grassroots Member

Catalyst Communication, Inc.

ABOUT CATALYST- Our complete focus on the cycling and outdoor industries means we deliver outstanding, measurable results. After 30 years, no small company is doing more to promote these industries than Catalyst.

Leisure Trends Group

About Leisure Trends, An NPD Group Company - Leisure Trends, An NPD Group Company, is the leading provider of market intelligence (including retail sales tracking) for the sports and recreation industries. Suppliers, retailers, associations, resorts and financial analysts rely on Leisure Trends for accurate retail sales data, including margins and inventory, and a better understanding of the industry’s alpha consumer.  The Leisure Trends panel of retail partners includes specialty, sporting goods, and independent shoe stores as well as other retailers; its Most Active Americans Panel TM offers access to sports trend-setters for insight into where the market is headed.  The company was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. For more information, visit lets shoppers discover locally available products online. We provide local stores with a way to be found easily by shoppers using internet connected devices. And, we provide companies with tools they need to do brand building online - rather than being swept away by endless price and bidding wars.

Outdoor Sports Insurance

Horizon Agency’s “Outdoor Sports Insurance” program is endorsed by both Outdoor Industry Association, and Snowsports Industries America.  With over 2700 storefronts already in the program, membership continues to grow rapidly as they have a proven working knowledge, and experience of the outdoor industry’s business needs.  Ski and outdoor sporting goods retailers gain access to a comprehensive business insurance program that allows for rental, demo, guiding and instruction of nearly all your outdoor activities.  It’s a testimony in and of itself as to how successful this program is with over half of all current Grassroots Outdoor Alliance members already participating.

For more information on our Outdoor Sports Insurance program

RMSA - Retail Solutions

Cash and inventory planning company, RMSA, has been in business for over 50 years, assisting outdoor retailers in proactive and ongoing planning. RMSA’s proven merchandising forecasting system effectively adjusts sales goals for profitable growth, controls the cost of goods, protects gross margin, and helps businesses plan a profit goal in an unsteady marketplace. The analysts at RMSA provide stores with the tools necessary to maintain a healthy cash flow, increase profits, and focus on the challenges and opportunities that face the outdoor retailing industry today. Monthly consultations with RMSA analysts allow independent retailers more time to direct their attention toward the other aspects and benefits of owning an outdoor business.

For more information about RMSA’s Retail Solutions call 800-727-7672 or e-mail, please visit the website at


While on a cross-country road trip, Fynn Glover was inspired to create a tool that would simplify the way people discover and access the most memorable outdoor recreation. As he jumped from state to state, he found himself wishing he could ask locals for their take on the best outdoor experiences in their area. Recognizing this as broad need for people across the US, Fynn started developing a concept to help people share their insights. Shortly after, Fynn partnered with Dawson Wheeler and Mark McKnight, who’d grown to recognize this same need from their vantage points as outdoor retailers.

SportsOneSource and OIA VantagePoint

The best, broadest and most timely outdoor product sales data comes from OIA VantagePoint. This powerful retail point-of-sales reporting system provides members online access to critical, in-depth outdoor product sales results by tracking more than 11,000 retail locations across nine channels on a weekly basis. OIA VantagePoint is designed for, and by, manufacturers and retailers in the active outdoor lifestyle industry.

The Mann Group

Since 2003, the Mann Group has guided hundreds of specialty retailers to double-digit revenue increases through its targeted training programs, assessments, and consulting services while steering manufacturers toward stronger brand identity and retailer partnerships. With a focus on the outdoor, cycling, and running industries, The Mann Group’s in-depth knowledge of this market and ability to create long term change in an organization, provides clients with unparalleled insight and custom business tools that achieve proven results. 

For more about The Mann Group