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]

Certificate in Retail Operations Now Available to All Gloucester Businesses

Retail Alliance’s Center for Retail Excellence partners with Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust Retail Alliance’s educational arm, the Center for Retail Excellence, has partnered with Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust to launch a Certificate in Retail Operations, available to all retailers in Gloucester and surrounding areas. “We are excited that our partnership with Retail Alliance… [Read More]

Letter: Brick-and-mortar stores aren’t on their way out

GLOOM-AND-DOOM comments about dying malls and store closings are abundant these days. According to many pundits, in a short time, all that will be left of the retail industry is online shopping. I beg to differ. Our organization, the Retail Alliance, has been around for more than a century — since 1903. We have seen… [Read More]

Retail Alliance works to continue to be a trusted resource for the success of local retailers

By Sandra J. Pennecke  It’s no secret new businesses face tough odds. Fifty percent of new businesses fail within the first 12 months of operation, said Ray Mattes, president and CEO of the Retail Alliance. Nationwide, he expects more than 8,500 storefronts to close in 2017. The Norfolk-based Retail Alliance launched its Center for Retail… [Read More]

LOVEVA Voted “Best Of” Local App

Retail Alliance launched the LOVEVA program in October 2014 with the goal of promoting and supporting local businesses to keep our dollars here in the Hampton Roads community. LOVEVA currently has well over 16,000 users with 342 participating local businesses in the app and growing. We are proud to announce that LOVEVA has been voted… [Read More]

Practical Training Alternatives for Business Owners on the Rise

That education is the portal to a good job is an often-mentioned statement that doesn’t always hold true. In business today, many owners and entrepreneurs don’t have the practical expertise and knowledge required to build a business that will succeed in the long-term, with the result being that nearly a quarter will fail in the… [Read More]

Retail Alliance to Honor W.T. Patrick & Sons with 2017 “Lifetime Achievement Award” at Retailer of the Year Event

Retail Alliance, the non-profit association representing retailers throughout Hampton Roads, announced today that W.T. Patrick & Sons (dba Patrick’s Hardware) is the recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement award at their Retailer of the Year event on May 25, 2017.  The award will be presented to owner Cary E. Patrick. “W.T. Patrick & Sons has… [Read More]