Events and Programs

Upcoming Events


January 9, 2015

First Friday Forum Luncheon, Caroline Hipple

“Your Business’s Secret Weapon: The Engaged Employee”

Caroline Hipple Head shot

Join us the week after New Year’s, for this informative LUNCH event at the Jepson Center, featuring Caroline Hipple, chief architect of the book, A Pathway to Profit.

Caroline is the “Chief Energy Officer” as a principal partner for HB2 Resources, an organization that helps businesses find smart solutions to the challenges in brand recognition, merchandising issues, transformation architecture and multi-channel, multifunctional alignment. 

Enjoy this series? Attend all nine events (a $270 value) for just $210 with our Priority Club! Learn more >>

11:15–1:15 p.m.

Jepson Center, University of Richmond
28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, VA 23173
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RMA Member: $30; Non-Member: $40
Register early and save! Walk-in rate is $5 more. 

Register Online

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January 19, 2015

The Virginia Retail Federation Legislative Reception

Register today and join Virginia Retail Federation for our Annual Legislative reception. Come meet your State Legislators and Governor’s Cabinet Officials and connect with fellow retailers and guests in this beautiful venue.

5:30–7:30 p.m.

Hilton Garden Inn, Downtown Richmond
501 E Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
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RMA Member: $25; Non-Member: $40
Register early and save! Walk-in rate is $5 more. 

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February 6, 2015

First Friday Forum, February

At these signature breakfast series events, we thoughtfully pick expert speakers on relevant topics from feedback that’s directly from our members. The speakers present information pertinent to the challenges, interests, and issues impacting our members, their businesses, and the retail community.

Join us as we connect, eat breakfast, network, learn, and grow, together.

Stay tuned for more details on this event in our First Friday Forum Signature Series.

Enjoy this signature series? Enjoy all nine events (a $270 value) for just $210 with our Priority Club! Learn more >>

7:15–9:15 am

The Westin Richmond
6631 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230
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RMA Member: $30; Non-Member: $40
Register early and save! Walk-in rate is $5 more. 

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First Friday Forum Sponsors

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February 10, 2015

Connect@ Southern Season

Like meeting new people? Interested in getting to know businesses in the community, while checking out different venues? Great!  We’ve got you covered.

Our signature networking event series, “Connect@,” is a great place to connect, network, and grow your business while enjoying a light fare and drinks. This after hours event is a can’t miss opportunity.

5:00–6:30 p.m.

Southern Season
2250 Staples Mill Road
Richmond, VA 23230
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RMA Member: $15; Non-Member: $20
Register early and save!  

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March 6, 2015

First Friday Forum, LUNCHEON

At these signature series events, we thoughtfully pick expert speakers on relevant topics from feedback that’s directly from our members. The speakers present information pertinent to the challenges, interests, and issues impacting our members, their businesses, and the retail community.

Join us as we connect, eat lunch, network, learn, and grow, together.

Stay tuned for more details on this event in our First Friday Forum Signature Series.

Enjoy this signature series? Enjoy all nine events (a $270 value) for just $210 with our Priority Club! Learn more >>

11:30–1:30 pm

The Jepson Center, U of R
28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, VA 23173
Directions >>

RMA Member: $30; Non-Member: $40
Register early and save! Walk-in rate is $5 more. 

Register Online

First Friday Forum Sponsors

Title Sponsor Audio Host Media Audio

For more information, please contact us at 804-662-5500 or send an email to: registration@retailmerchants.com