Practical Training Alternatives for Business Owners on the Rise

Education is the portal to a good job, 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 first year… [Read More]

LOVEVA in the news!

We were fortunate to have CoVaBIZ Magazine interview us about our buy local program, LOVEVA, recently. The interview was published in their latest issue which we’re stoked about! Check it out here in PDF format or read the content below: CoVaBIZ Magazine June/July 2017 BEYOND THE BIZ By Ryan Miller Retail Alliance is connecting business… [Read More]

Winners for Retailer of the Year Announced!

Williamsburg-based, small business, BedCrafters by Michelle, received the Overall Retailer of the Year (ROTY) award at Retail Alliance’s ROTY awards event held on May 25. They were selected from 99 nominees from across the Greater Hampton Roads region. BedCrafters by Michelle was established in 1999 in Williamsburg, Virginia by Michelle Brumfield. They opened in Short… [Read More]

Thank you to our Retailer of the Year sponsors

The Retailer of the Year awards could not be held without the generosity of sponsors. Thank you to the following sponsors for their donations and we look forward to celebrating with you at the ROTYs! Tickets are running out quickly, so if you haven’t grabbed yours yet, go to our Events page on this website… [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]

Virginia Retail Federation Helps Expand Online Sales Tax Collection

The Virginia Retail Federation (VRF) has successfully helped further level the playing field in Virginia between brick-and-mortar merchants and their online peers. During the 2017 Virginia General Assembly session, VRF advocates and their coalition business partners fully supported Governor Terry McAuliffe’s legislative proposal to require out-of-state online merchants using warehouses or fulfillment centers in Virginia… [Read More]

We’re expanding our membership team!

Member Relations Advisor The objective of this full-time position is to achieve revenue goals for memberships through effective planning and organizational skills in a professional and profitable manner.  Create excitement within the Retail Community by matching products and services that will help increase Retail Alliance’s visibility as well as partners. Duties and Responsibilities:  Within the… [Read More]

Inventory Management: Tips and Trends

To run a successful store, it’s vital that you regularly manage your inventory and with these simple keys, you can save time and money and therefore, become more productive. The following article was produced from a STRIVE Webinar, presented by Joanna G. Brumsey CPA from Wall, Einhorn and Chernitzer. CURATE YOUR INVENTORY No matter the… [Read More]

Brick-and-Mortar Survival Depends on Level Playing Field

Holiday retail sales are increasing. Consumer confidence is climbing. Yet all is not nirvana in the rocky world of the retail economy. According to Forbes, Cyber Monday 2016 was the biggest day in the history of U.S. e-commerce. Sales surpassed initial expectations by hitting a record $3.9 billion during this online-focused day of the holiday… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: RGB Imaging

RGB Imaging is a locally owned business that stands out as one of the region’s premier photographers and videographers. Whether commercial or personal, defense or sports, still or motion, you want to ‘snap’ up their services! Founded in 2007, owner Eric Wickham is no stranger to hard word. As a military veteran, Eric is self-disciplined,… [Read More]