We serve the local business community.
One key area of interest to you and your business is our advocacy work in the General Assembly. Our VRMA offices are strategically located near Capital Square in order to provide continuous contact with legislators. We are a well-respected entity in the Legislature and are proud of our achievements within this arena. We will continue to focus on key issues that directly impact the business community in order to create a climate for change, and ensure that your voice is heard. When the General Assembly is in session, you have the option to receive updates on issues that could have a direct impact on your business, and you will have the option to contact your legislators and voice your opinion.
Since its inception in 1905, VRMA has worked to protect the interest of ALL businesses in Virginia, both large and small. Your local RMA has been a member of VRMA for over 100 years and we are comfortable in the positions that they take to defend our small business community. VRMA works for all free enterprise, which includes the national chains. The statewide Association’s membership is made up of a diverse group of merchants from across the commonwealth of Virginia. Businesses such as convenience, department, drug, grocery, hardware, apparel, building supply, automobile, and sports are just some examples of the variety of stores that compose VRMA membership.
Historically, RMA and VRMA have supported smaller, independently owned businesses since their incorporation (1907 and 1905, respectively).
Protecting your future – VRMA is your voice.
The VRMA has been serving the retail community in the legislative arena since 1905. Our strong presence before the General Assembly and throughout the year before its various committees and the states’ administrative bodies has made the VRMA the most influential association that works solely on behalf of the retail industry. We have 7 registered lobbyists and each year we influence hundreds of important issues.
VRMA Legislative Alerts
As part of your RMA/VRMA Membership, you may choose to receive VRMA Alerts. The e-blasts newsletter alerts come fairly often during session and provide significant information on bills before our legislators. Occasionally we will have a “Call to Action” and request your help by contacting your legislator(s) in support of (or against) a particular bill.
If you did not sign up for legislative alerts when you joined, but would like to being receiving them, please e-mail your contact information, whether or not you want a full or brief version, and how you wish to receive the information (e-mail or fax). You may also call us at 434-528-1732 if you would like to discuss the best option for you.
Members may also follow legislation information on the VRMA website.
The National Retail Federation ( https://nrf.com/who-we-are ) is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. Their mission is to advance the interests of the retail industry through advocacy, communications and education.
Retail supports one in four American jobs and drives a large percentage of our nation’s new job growth. The retail industry’s policy agenda is focused on jobs, innovation and consumer value.
As the nation’s largest private sector employers, decisions made every day in Washington have a profound impact on retailers’ ability to do business and serve their customers. But it’s bigger than just retail. These issues are vital to the overall economic competitiveness and growth of the United States, making congressional attention even more critical.
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RMA Coffee Talk – JOHN STEWART WALKER
Coffee Talk is RMA’s Premium “Award Winning” Networking event that has grown to over 75+ in attendance. Coffee Talks are a great way for new and existing businesses, local professionals, and organizations to get to know one another and learn how to assist each other in the growth of business and community. The event is a member benefit yet open to your guests. Monthly meetings are held in a member location, giving exposure to their business and making connections with local business professionals. This is networking at its finest, with no pressure. Bring business cards to share, meet old friends, make new friends, and hear what RMA is doing on your behalf. July’s Coffee Talk is being held Friday, July 27th from 8 AM to 10 AM at John Stewart Walker, located at 3211 Old Forest Road.
Where’s Waldo Starts July 1st! We are very excited to have 35 participating businesses this year for our Where’s Waldo event. The event will run from July 1st-July 31st. Passports can be picked up at Givens bookstore, the Retail Merchants Association or participating Waldo Businesses. Take a Journey around Central Virginia this Summer! Where’s Waldo is open to all ages and prizes will be awarded in two groups. Get off the couch this Summer and SUPPORT LOCAL! Participating Businesses Include: Given’s Books Great American Sleep Shop Mad Biddy’s Shoppes of Altavista Pretty Please on Broad Bean Tree Cafe Blackwater Coffee Favored Flavors Star Port Comics Richeson Drive Pediatrics Timberlake Family Pharmacy Alpaca by Jaca Wooldridge Heating & Air AT & T Healthnut Nutrition Assurance Financial FastSigns of Lynchburg Forest Farmers Market Western Ways C.O.B.R.A. Self Defense – Opening July 7th Via One Hope by Elizabeth Travel Lovers Rustic View Home & Garden Bookshop on the Avenue Michaels Carpet World East Coast Wings and Grill Bloom by Doyles Paisley Gifts & Stationary Lynchburg Hillcats Accent Flags & Gifts Harry’s Bakery – Opening July 10th Adult Care Center of Lynchburg Riverside Runners Fur Kids Pet Boutique