STRIVE Lunch-n-Learn Webinar


Topic: “You’ve Got Talent!”

Wednesday, February 15 2017, 12:00PM – 1:00PM

This 3-part STRIVE webinar series will focus on people management and will be conducted on the third Wednesday in February, March, and April.

The topic for the first webinar is “Talent Acquisition” and how to recruit the right people for your business. The second topic is “Talent Management”, which discusses how to manage your staff, even addressing conflict management. The third topic is “Customer Service” and how to get your team to believe in your company as much as you do and treat your customers right.

Michelle Ellis Young will lead the webinars. She is currently Manager – Customer Service at Farm Fresh Food & Pharmacy. Her role has oversight of customer/employee engagement and satisfaction, call contact center and community outreach for Farm Fresh’s 40+ stores.

Her previous role at Farm Fresh was as Education Coordinator, with responsibilities to provide leadership in planning, delivery, and evaluating the orientation, training and continuing education for team members. Among other duties, Michelle trained, coached and mentored team members on their technical, professional and communication skills, and worked with business partners to assess current talent, identify skill gaps and develop curriculum that helped ensure career advancement to support the growth of the company.

Michelle has served as a professor and later adjunct instructor at Bryant & Stratton College with courses including: Career Management, Interpersonal and Small Group Dynamics, Oral Presentations, and Human Relations.


Interstate Cash Register logoLoss Prevention Task Force

Retail Alliance,
838 Granby St, Norfolk, VA 23510

Topic: The Latest Security Systems

Tuesday, February 28 2017, 11:45AM – 1:00PM

Members and law enforcement come together over lunch to discuss and share information regarding retail loss prevention. This month, our guest speaker is Jimmy Cecil, Vice President of Interstate Cash Register.



ROTY 2017 logo

Retailer of the Year

Norfolk Botanical Gardens
6700 Azalea Garden Rd, Norfolk, VA 23518

Theme: Royal Garden Party (think fancy hats)

Thursday, May 25 2017, 6:30PM – 10:00PM

Join us as we celebrate the retail industry in Hampton Roads. 2017 will be our 10th anniversary of ROTY and once again we will have a fabulous night of celebration, food, entertainment and prize giving.

The Retailer of the Year awards is conducted annually and open to anyone to nominate the business (including their own) they feel has the best Customer Service, Innovation, Growth, Community Service, and Profitability. The decision on winners is not made by a popularity vote. It is conducted by a non-partial independent judging panel using results of mystery shops which makes it a fairer, impartial process to determine deserving winners. As with other years, there is no cost associated with the nomination process.

Nominate your favorite retailer, service or restaurant by clicking the link below!

Click here to nominate your favorite retailer, restaurant or service!

If you want to get a huge discount on tickets, get in early and buy now! Tickets are only $50 until March 31 then the price increases to $65 per ticket. Click here to view details and get the early bird price!