The Michigan Association of College Stores was conceived in 1972 by a small group of college store managers who felt the need for more frequent and personal contact with their colleagues than was possible at the yearly national meetings. This group could discuss common problems and exchange ideas with each other as well as enjoy some of the social benefits of networking (not even a word at the time!) with professionals who shared a common interest. From the beginning, this vision included equal status and participation by vendor as well as store members. As our industry continues to change, we have come to appreciate even more the value of the face to face contacts our Association provides. We are grateful to those charter members for their insight and leadership in founding our organization we enjoy today, MACS.
Service to its members is reason the Michigan Association of College Stores exists. MACS serves its members by bringing together those people who are engaged in selling books and supplies to the students and faculties of educational institutions in Michigan. Effective communications are developed between bookstore members and associate members, who represent the firms doing business with college stores.
One of the most important services is educational programming. MACS holds two meetings a year, one in the Fall and one in the Spring, hosted by different schools. These consist of a well-planned program with topics ranging from online bookselling to product knowledge to management techniques. Outside guest speakers are often invited to contribute their expertise on a variety of topics. Tours of the local bookstores are often available so members have the opportunity to see different merchandise ideas and the products other stores have available. The Fall Meeting also features a table top exhibit of associate members' merchandise as a significant feature on the program agenda. An informal dinner and evening of entertainment are usually part of each meeting's program.
MACS issues a newsletter where meeting dates, store and vendor member news, discussion of current topics/problems is published. Any member seeking information may have their request published in the newsletter.
A membership directory is also published which contains the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of all current store members and associate members.
Adrian College Bookstore
Alpena Community College Bookstore
Bethel College - Mishawaka, IN
College for Creative Studies
CMU Bookstore Central Michigan University
Cleary College - Clearyhouse Bookstore
- Grand Rapids/Kraft Ave, Grand Rapids/Fulton St.
Delta College Glen Oaks Community College Bookstore
Grand Valley State University Bookstore
Grand Valley State University - Devos Center Bookstore
Henry Ford College - The College Store
Hillsdale College Bookstore
Interlochen College of Creative Arts
Jackson Community College Bookstore
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Kellogg Community College
Kirtland Community College Bookstore
Michigan Tech Campus Store
Mid-Michigan Community College Bookstore
Northwestern Michigan College
Oakland Community College Bookstore
- Highland Lakes, Orchard Ridge, Royal Oak, Auburn Hills, Southfield
Olivet College Bookstore
Schoolcraft College Bookstore
Spring Arbor College Bookstore
Student Book Store - Michigan State University
Thomas Cooley Law School Bookstore
West Shore Community College Bookstore
Andrew Carey, CSP
Baron Innovations LLC/Casenova
Camp David Sportswear
Charles River Apparel
Connect 2 One
Custom Sports Jewelry
D & H Distributing
Denning & Associates
Douglas Stewart Company
El Dorado Trading Group
Electronic Accessories, Inc.
Follett Campus Resources
Grand Rapids Store Fixture Co.
Herff Jones Steve Zaban
International Collegiate Sales
Matthews Book Co./McCoy Health
Memory on Hand
MV Sports/Steve Warner
Nebraska Book Co.
New Jersey Books
Rittenhouse Book Dist., Inc.
Service Wholesale, Inc/Tim Siegel.
Strand Art Co.
Thelen & Associates
Tichenor College Textbook Co
University Frames, Inc.