LOVEVA Update: 2016 Plan & New Sweetheart LOVEVA level

Happy New Year LOVEVAs! We sure hope you’ve had a fabulous holiday season. We are excited to share some big news with you regarding LOVEVA modifications for 2016. These changes will help improve the LOVEVA package overall and create a more stable and expanding local first program. We understand it’s a chicken or the egg… [Read More]

LOVEVA – Wrapping Up Our First Year

We’ve come a long way in our first year, with many LOVEVA accomplishments and milestones to celebrate. We would like to share some of these achievements with you. We have over 6,500 Love-vahs now using the app and we’ve had over 20,000 transactions since last October! We’re so excited that people have downloaded the app… [Read More]

Preparing for the 2015 Holiday Season

It’s that time of the year again: the kids are back to school and the countdown to the biggest retail period of the year has begun. I hope that you have already started your preparations for the 2015 holiday season but, in any case, it’s always a good idea to make sure you’ve prepared and… [Read More]

Opportunity for Small Business – Tax Exemption in Norfolk

Contributed by Ron Batliner, Jr., Chief Deputy Commissioner of Revenue Norfolk Commissioner of Revenue’s Office http://www.norfolk.gov/revenue/ Norfolk City Council created a new exemption for new businesses that have gross receipts of $1,000,000.00 or less. The exemption is available for businesses that locate in Norfolk after January 1, 2016. The exemption exists in the year that… [Read More]

And the Retailer of the Year award winners are…

Retail Alliance announced the winners for this year’s Retailer of the Year Awards (ROTYs) at a superhero themed awards celebration on Thursday night at the Wells Theatre in Downtown Norfolk. Virginia Beach-based, small business, Fairfield Flowers, received the overall winner’s award. They were selected from 40 nominees from across the Greater Hampton Roads region (up… [Read More]

Jodi Roth Joins Advocacy Team at Retail Alliance/Virginia Retail Federation

Jodi Roth, a government affairs consultant, has joined the Hampton Roads Retail Alliance and the statewide Virginia Retail Federation (VRF) as a contract representative for the associations’ statewide retail members. Ms. Roth brings over 15 years of government affairs experience to the organizations. She joins the VRF lobbying team of Mary Huffard Kegley, Kate Baker,… [Read More]

Look Out For These Upcoming Events

Check out the events we’ve got planned for September and October 2014. Download the flyer by clicking here or view the events in the embedded image below.  

The Corner Post: Diffusing a Difficult Situation

Regardless of the business we all have had our encounters with disgruntled customers. In retail it’s inevitable, no matter how wonderful your products are or how committed you are to provide the best customer service, problems do occur. Try to diffuse a difficult situation with the following tips: Stay Calm and Non Emotional – When… [Read More]

Dan Ryan To Be Named “Lifetime Achievement Award” Winner at Retailer of the Year Event

Retail Alliance, the non-profit association representing retailers throughout Hampton Roads, announced today that Dan Ryan, from Dan Ryan’s For Men, is the recipient of their 2014 Lifetime Achievement award at their Retailer of the Year event on May 22, 2014. “We are absolutely thrilled to be giving Dan Ryan this award. He has been a… [Read More]

The Corner Post: My Notes From The National Retail Federation Big Show

I had the opportunity to travel to the National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show in New York City a little while ago. What an interesting and thought-provoking experience! After reviewing my notes I would like to share some of my take-aways: Online sales versus brick and mortar retailers. Online sales is here to stay and… [Read More]