Meet the Sponsors – Retailer of the Year 2018: Reach for the Stars

Thank you to our amazing sponsors!     CELESTIAL PRESENTING SPONSOR  TowneBank GALAXY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD SPONSOR MacArthur Center SHINING STAR RETAIL ALLIANCE FOUNDATION SPONSOR  Capital Group LOVEVA AWARD SPONSOR SouthsideDaily.com SHOOTING STAR SPONSORS Sonabank Tidewater Finance Care A Lot Pet Supply LUNAR SPONSORS The Royal Chocolate Venture Kitchen & Bar Decorum Furniture Garden Gazebo… [Read More]

4th Generation Family-owned Furniture Business in Virginia Beach to be Honored with 2018 “Lifetime Achievement Award”

Retail Alliance, the non-profit association representing retailers throughout Hampton Roads, announced today that Willis Furniture is the recipient of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement award at their Retailer of the Year event on May 24, 2018. The award will be presented to fourth-generation owner, Ben J. Willis, III. “Willis Furniture has earned its place as our… [Read More]

Seasonal Marketing Strategies Will Benefit Your Business

The make- or break- winter holiday sales season is behind us. Spring is slowly, but surely coming. For Hampton Roads small businesses, as across the country, Valentine’s Day and Easter rank top for spring holiday promotions. However, there are many other spring and summer opportunities for small businesses to seize upon and thrive. Focus on… [Read More]

Congratulations to the 2018 Retailer of the Year Nominees!

We’re proud to formally announce our 157 nominees for Retailer of the Year 2018! Nominees are categorized by retail, restaurant, and services, then subdivided between Southside, Peninsula, and Up & Comer (Established between 2015 and present). We hope to see all of these nominees at our awards gala coming up on May 24th, 2018 at… [Read More]

Who will win the “People’s Choice” Restaurant of the Year? We’ll let you decide…

For the first time, the restaurant category will be voted on by the public. Voting started April 2nd  will end April 13th. Voters will be allowed to vote for as many restaurant nominees as they like but will only be able to submit one vote. Please share with your customers and social networks to get… [Read More]

STRIVE Workshops Are Back: Now Available In-person & Via Live Stream!

Retail Alliance has re-launched our STRIVE workshops in a brand-new format! STRIVE workshops will now be available in-person and via live stream. In these one-hour workshops, you’ll walk away with at least three to-dos you can implement immediately in your business on various trending topics. We’re kicking off the new year with a workshop titled, “Digital Marketing 101”, led… [Read More]

Ready, Set, Bid: Open House & Silent Auction Sneak Peek

The Retail Alliance (RA) team is very excited to host members and guests this  Thursday for our Annual Holiday Open House & Silent Auction. We hope to see you there in your ugly Christmas sweater and ready to bid on some wonderful auction items. This is the perfect time to fellowship with the Retail Alliance… [Read More]

Steps To Business Success For The Holiday Season And Beyond

Brick-and-mortar businesses – retailers, restaurants, services companies – must constantly reshape their goals and create the future rather than letting it control them. The final quarter of 2017 is upon us.  And the annual holiday period can make or break a business’s bottom-line. Here are a few tips for creating success, for the holiday season… [Read More]

We’re Taking the Pulse of Retail in Hampton Roads This Holiday Season!

    Retail Pulse is back! If you aren’t familiar with Retail Pulse, it’s an annual survey Retail Alliance conducts, to check on the vitality and success of retail in the Hampton Roads region. This year we are back with a survey to gauge the expectations and intentions of shoppers and store owners this holiday… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Woodard & Associates, LLC

With small business owners wearing more than a few hats, sometimes it’s worth looking at an external human resource company for support, employment law guidance and task delegation. HR operations are often not built into business models, yet play a critical role in areas such as reducing employee turnover, building strong workplace culture and helping… [Read More]