Articles from Retail Angles

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]

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]

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]

Legislative Update Q3 2017

New Virginia Laws Effective July 1, 2017 Several new laws, which impact the retail industry, came out of the 2017 General Assembly Session. Most of these will go into effect July 1, 2017. Below is a list of new laws that impact our members. Sales Tax Nexus Storage of inventory in the Commonwealth of Virginia… [Read More]

Ray’s Corner Post: Our Hats Go Off To Our ROTY Winners!

Our tenth Retailer of the Year awards started off with a crash. A crash of thunder that is! Fortunately, the storm that passed through the Norfolk Botanical Garden was over before we had eaten our first hors d’oeuvre. The beautiful weather held throughout the cocktail hour and the gazebo was the perfect setting to view… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Colley Ave Copies & Graphics Norfolk

Colley Avenue Copies & Graphics (CACG), Inc. was founded in 1997 by Joaquin and Holly Chacon. They currently have one location located in Norfolk and provide high quality prints, posters, vinyl, banners, color and black and white printing, book binding, signage, and graphic design services to a variety of both small and large businesses. The… [Read More]