Archives for September 2013

Retail Alliance to Host 12th Annual Loss Prevention Conference

Retail Alliance is hosting the 12th Annual Virginia Retail Loss Prevention Conference on Thursday, September 26th from 8:30am – 4:30pm at the Portsmouth Renaissance, 425 Water St, Portsmouth, VA 23704. “As the oldest and most comprehensive event of its kind on the east coast, this conference is designed to provide merchants, loss prevention professionals and… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: BizCard Express

1. When was your business established? BizCard Xpress has roots back to 1987, but began franchising in April of 2012. The first franchise in Virginia opened in February of this year in Virginia Beach. 2. How many locations do you operate? There is currently one BizCard Xpress throughout the region: 3780 Virginia Beach Blvd. It’s… [Read More]

Retail Spending in Hampton Roads Remains Flat*

Retail Spending in Hampton Roads Remains Flat* Hampton Roads retail sales (measured through the 1% local sales tax), remained relatively unchanged between May-2013 and June-2013, at $1.77B per month. Although this is the highest level reached since Feb-2012, it lags 3.8% below the region’s peak sales of $1.83B in February-2007. Hampton Roads has outperformed Virginia’s… [Read More]

A Logo is Only the Beginning: What Does Your Brand Say About You?

By Carl Cleanthes, Founder/CEO, Creative Art and Design Studios Branding Overview Have you have ever given your brand much thought? Maybe you think since you have a logo you are all set. The truth is that all businesses have a brand that is more than just a look or a logo. Logos are only visual… [Read More]

In Memoriam

  Pholia Charles Liebing It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of Pholia Charles Liebing on July 24, 2013. Pholia and his wife Pattie recently relocated their store, I Want It All Consignment, to the Churchland area of Porstmouth. Pholia was a beloved member of our Retail Alliance… [Read More]

On-Board Spotlight with Nathan Benson, Tidewater Finance Company

Interview with Nathan Benson, CEO Tidewater Finance Company and Board Member of Retail Alliance     How did you first become involved in Retail Alliance? We have been an Equifax credit customer of Retail Alliance’s Business Solutions since 1992 when I started Tidewater Finance Company. Old man Mr Peck was around at the time and… [Read More]

The Corner Post: A Busy and Eventful Summer

Gone is the Expo, so now we’re gearing up for the Loss Prevention Conference. Wow, with the ROTYs in May, Expo in July and the LP Conference coming up at the end of this month, it has definitely been quite a busy summer around the Retail Alliance office. We just completed the hosting of our… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Premier Rapport

  Interview with Shelley D. Smith, Founder & President, Premier Rapport. Premier Rapport provides Workplace Wellness, Leadership Development and Executive Coaching. 1. When was your business established? 2009. 2. How many locations do you operate? I serve the East Coast through one location in Newport News. 3. Describe your business and the services you provide:… [Read More]