Archives for January 2014

Nominations open for Retailer of the Year!

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!  The distinguished Retailer of the Year showcases the achievements of Hampton Roads’ most successful small independent retailers.   This award acknowledges a retailer who has led their company to outstanding business success and innovation and who has consistently demonstrated community commitment and support. A retailer worthy of this prestigious award displays… [Read More]

On-Board Interview with Tim Hillegass, HLC Electrical Supplies

Tim Hillegass is a busy and successful businessman. His store, HLC Electrical Supplies, formally known as Hillegass Lighting, has been serving the Tidewater area since 1961. He also sits on the Board of Directors for Retail Alliance. We ask him to share some of his thoughts and experiences… How did you first become involved in… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: The Creative Wedge, an artisan market

The Creative Wedge: An Artisan Market is an eclectic gem in Hilltop West. Our mission is to create a local specialty retail store whose aim is to promote awareness of American artisanal food and craft; a store that offers great service and selection of unique hand crafted gifts, artisan cheese, charcuterie, local wine and craft… [Read More]

Retail Alliance Breakfast Club – Peninsula Kick-Off

February 27, 2014 – February 27, 2014 530 St Johns Rd Map and Directions | Register Description: Join us as we kick-off the first Retail Breakfast Club on the Peninsula!! We will be serving a full breakfast, and there will be great networking and outreach opportunites at our 4th Thursday Monthly Forums. Our speaker for… [Read More]

Come and see what Retail Alliance is all about

New members and current members who would like to know how to get more out of their membership are welcome to join us for our first New Member Munchies. The free lunch event will be held on Wednesday January 15 at Retail Alliance’s offices in Norfolk. If you would like to attend, visit our events… [Read More]

New event in 2014! The Retail Breakfast Club

Join us for the launch of The Retail Breakfast Club on January  23, 2014  7.30am – 9.30am at the Holiday Inn Virginia Beach-Norfolk Hotel & Conference Center. We have national speaker, Harold Lloyd talking about “Am I the Leader I Need To Be? (how to quantitatively assess one’s ability to lead others). The best thing… [Read More]

Stepping Up Our Game

The Board of Directors and Retail Alliance Staff conducted a strategic planning session in October 2013 to develop initiatives for 2014 and beyond. In advance of this meeting I interviewed several strategic planning facilitators in search of an experienced professional with a proven track record in the non-profit trade association world. After sorting through the… [Read More]

Jumpstart Your 2014 Marketing Plan with 5 Critical Questions

This blog from Right Source Marketing sets out some great pointers for getting your marketing plan in order for 2014… Many businesses spend the last quarter of the year planning for the year ahead. Whether or not you have completed a strategic plan for 2014 here are some questions that can help you better address… [Read More]

Legislative Update: Upcoming 2014 General Assembly Session

The 2014 General Assembly Session begins on January 8, and it will be a long session lasting 60 days. Each year the sessions switch from short (30 days) to long; odd years are short and even years are long. During the session your Virginia Retail Federation Legislative team will be working hard to make sure… [Read More]