Archives for April 2013

Retail Alliance to Honor Mary Barnett’s with “Lifetime Achievement Award” at Retailer of the Year Event

Norfolk, Va. – Retail Alliance, the non-profit association representing retailers throughout Hampton Roads, announced today that Mary Barnett’s is the recipient of their inaugural Lifetime Achievement award at their Retailer of the Year event on May 23, 2013. “We are absolutely thrilled to be giving Mary Barnett this award. She has been a steadfast presence… [Read More]

Hampton Roads Welcomes Leading Independent Business Advocate to Help our Local Businesses

Norfolk, Va. – Retail Alliance, the non-profit association representing retailers throughout Hampton Roads, has organized to bring Jeff Milchen, co-founder of the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) and leading advocate for community-based businesses, to Virginia. This presentation is underwritten by American Express OPENÒ, with national support from Independent We Stand and STIHL, as well as… [Read More]

Artisans Bakery and Cafe

Fellow Retail Alliance members will relate to Georg and Karen Seyrlehner’s favorite part of running their own business: “Controlling your own destiny!” They both worked for corporate America for many years. Georg had a desire to turn his hobby into a business. Georg’s Austrian and German decent influenced his longing to fill a niche for… [Read More]

General Assembly Outcomes: How They Impact You

The 2013 Session was my first experience at the Virginia General Assembly. It started on Wednesday, January 9 and ran until Saturday February, 23. During this time, I lived in Richmond so that I could be at the General Assembly Building (GAB) every day. Living in Richmond and working with our state legislators was a… [Read More]

Margaret Ballard Retiring from Retail Alliance but Leaving Advocacy in Good Hands

(Originally published in Inside Business Issue March 4-10, 2013. Written by Lydia Wheeler and reproduced with permission from Inside Business) After announcing Amazon would open two new distribution centers in Virginia at a legislative reception in 2011, Gov. Bob McDonnell was concerned about Margaret Ballard. At the time, Ballard, who has been the Retail Alliance… [Read More]

Poquoson Pharmacy

“Hey, I can do that!” Many Retail Alliance members can relate to David Creecy’s story. While working in Richmond in the pharmacy field he thought to himself that he could do what his boss did. He wanted the authority to run a pharmacy the way he saw fit. “I wanted to take care of people… [Read More]

Transportation Funding and Reform Package

Finally the Republicans and Democrats joined together to pass the first transportation bill in Virginia since 1986. Governor McDonnell’s 2013 Transportation Funding and Reform Package is intended to solve the short and long-term transportation funding needs in the state of Virginia. It took a necessary compromise between both parties to earmark roughly $3.5 billion in… [Read More]