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]

Member Spotlight: Fulton Bank

Fulton Bank has been in the Hampton Roads area since 2008, but was formerly known as Resource Bank until the two merged. Since emerging into the Hampton Roads area, they have been committed to upholding their motto of, “Listening is just the beginning.” Solely, a bank is characterized by its services and offerings, but having… [Read More]

Retail Think Tank: Peer Exchange Group

Have you ever had an issue you wanted to talk to fellow business owners about and really get into the weeds of how they handled it? And how you could take their experience and use it to help your own business? Exclusive to Retail Alliance members, we have launched a retail peer exchange group (PEG)… [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 Lane at Harborfest a Success for our Members!

14 local businesses had the unique opportunity to recreate their storefronts at Harborfest. These three tents, located right on the Elizabeth River, were branded and marked on the festival maps as LOVEVA LANE (see photos at bottom) Since the event was underwritten by Retail Alliance, vendors were very pleased to be offered this chance at… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Dream Vacations

Americans leave hundreds of millions of vacation days unused. Contrary to conventional wisdom, this can make employees less effective, not more so. Researcher Mark Rosekind of Alertness Solutions, a scientific consulting firm, conducted a study that found the benefits of a vacation can increase performance by 80%. “Employers should encourage their employees to take time… [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]

Interview with Center for Retail Excellence Facilitator, Tara Jones: Education is Key to Business Success

“The Center for Retail Excellence program has fueled me to believe in myself more. The training experience has already pushed me far beyond my original expected goals and to see the potential inside of me.” – Nina, Current Student “The one thing that I have found very valuable about the class training is learning about… [Read More]