The North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) and STIHL Inc. have announced an exclusive partnership for developing the leadership skills of the next generation of independent home improvement retailers.

The organizations made the announcement Dec. 8 at the NRHA State of Independents Conference in Chicago, where STIHL presented NRHA with a check for $100,000. The funding will help pay for the development of the NRHA Foundations of Leadership Program and the Foundations of Leadership Annual Conference through 2018. STIHL is the exclusive program and conference sponsor.

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