Events and Programs

Upcoming Events


May 1, 2015

First Friday Forum

Alex _ Featured Image _ Event PageSocial Content Strategies For People, Not Platforms

Alex Maikowski, User Experience Planner at The Martin Agency,  will share his insights into the importance of building a social strategy that is customer-centric.  Learn how a people-first approach to your business’s social media presence can help build meaningful connections,  engage your audience and earn their loyalty.

Come for breakfast, and to connect and learn!

May 1
7:15–9:15 am

The Westin Richmond
6631 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230
Directions >>

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

Register Online

First Friday Forum Sponsors

PSAV HOST Richmond.com RTD Photography New Member Title Sponsor

May 13, 2015

RMA Member Appreciation Picnic & VRF Auction

Virgina Retail Federation, retail advocacy
Learn more about our advocacy efforts >>

The annual RMA Member Picnic is both free to attend and open to members and their families! As a way to say “thank you,” RMA invites its membership to come sink their teeth into some all-American food, beverages and live music.

There’s also a silent auction which benefit the VRF Political Action Committee. The auction offers unique member-donated gifts, experience packages and discounts on services.  Early holiday shopping, anyone?

May 13
4:30–7:00 p.m.

Retail Merchants Association
5101 Monument Avenue
Richmond, VA 23230

RMA Members and their families: FREE

Register Online

To download VRF Silent Auction Donation Agreement, click here.


May 19, 2015

KEY SESSION

Key Session is a new high power and hands on series designed to help you unlock the potential of RMA member benefits.

You can register for all of these sessions, or just the ones that you feel apply to growing your business.

In this session:

RMA Digital Platforms: RMA & Think. Shop. Buy. Local web platforms. Learn how to promote events, discounts, news, and more.
eCommunications: how we keep your business informed and empowered. Learn types of communications, frequency, audiences, and more.

May 19
8:30–9:30 a.m.

Retail Merchants Association
5101 Monument Avenue
Richmond, VA 23230
Directions >>

RMA Members: FREE
Register early and save!

Register Online


June 5, 2015

First Friday Forum

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 network, enjoy breakfast, learn, and grow, together.

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

June 5
7:15–9:15 am

The Westin Richmond
6631 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230
Directions >>

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

Register Online

First Friday Forum Sponsors

PSAV HOST Richmond.com RTD Photography New Member Title Sponsor

June 16, 2015

Connect@ Free Agents Marketing

Looking for a trendy networking event to meeting new people? Interested in getting to know businesses in the local 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 happy hour event is a can’t miss opportunity.

June 16
5:00–6:30 p.m.

Free Agents Marketing
1800 Cox Road, Suite 100
Glen Allen, VA 23060
Directions >>

RMA Member: $15; Non-Member: $20

Register Online

Connect@ Sponsor

Connect@ Sponsors


July 15, 2015

Connect@ Capital Ale House

Looking for a trendy networking event to meeting new people? Interested in getting to know businesses in the local 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 happy hour event is a can’t miss opportunity.

July 15
5:00–6:30 p.m.

Capital Ale House
13831 Village Place Drive
Midlothian, VA 23114
Directions >>

RMA Member: $15; Non-Member: $20

Register Online

Connect@ Sponsor

Connect@ Sponsors


July 28, 2015

KEY SESSION

Key Session is a new high power and hands on series designed to help you unlock the potential of RMA member benefits.

You can register for all of these sessions, or just the ones that you feel apply to growing your business.

In this session:

Think. Shop. Buy. Local Program: Overview and purpose of Think. Shop. Buy. Local, introduction to the website, member promotion, marketing campaigns, opportunities to engage, and special advertising opportunities.

July 28
8:30–9:30 a.m.

Retail Merchants Association
5101 Monument Avenue
Richmond, VA 23230
Directions >>

RMA Members: FREE
Register early and save!

Register Online


August 25, 2015

Connect@ Coming Soon

Looking for a trendy networking event to meeting new people? Interested in getting to know businesses in the local 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 happy hour event is a can’t miss opportunity.

August 25
5:00–6:30 p.m.

RMA Member: $15; Non-Member: $20

Register Online

Connect@ Sponsor

Connect@ Sponsors


September 4, 2015

Economic Forecast Breakfast

Jeffrey Lacker
Jeffrey Lacker

Jeffrey Lacker - President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

At our Economic Forecast Breakfast, Jeffrey Lacker, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond will share his expert projections of what to expect in the coming year and advice on how to tackle it.

The Economic Forecast follows a similar format to the First Friday Forum series with coffee & networking, following by a buffet breakfast and presentation.

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

Septemeber 4
7:15–9:15 am

The Westin Richmond
6631 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230
Directions >>

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

Register Online

First Friday Forum Sponsors

PSAV HOST Richmond.com RTD Photography Speaker New Member Title Sponsor

September 22, 2015

KEY SESSION

Key Session is a new high power and hands on series designed to help you unlock the potential of RMA member benefits.

You can register for all of these sessions, or just the ones that you feel apply to growing your business.

In this session:

Exclusive resources: Endorsed vendors, member-to-member offers, job postings, meeting rooms, discounted movie tickets, and RMA Publications.

September 22
8:30–9:30 a.m.

Retail Merchants Association
5101 Monument Avenue
Richmond, VA 23230
Directions >>

RMA Members: FREE
Register early and save!

Register Online


October 2, 2015

First Friday Forum

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, network, learn, and grow, together.

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

October 2
7:15–9:15 am

The Westin Richmond
6631 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230
Directions >>

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

Register Online

First Friday Forum Sponsors

PSAV HOST Richmond.com RTD Photography New Member Title Sponsor

November 6, 2015

26th Annual Valor Awards

Honoring First Responders & Their Families

Valor Awards logoSince 1989, the Retail Merchants Association has been producing the annual Valor Awards Breakfast and Ceremony to recognize area law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency services personnel who have demonstrated extreme acts of courage while serving their community. First responders are nominated from the greater Richmond area localities and are presented awards for selfless acts involving personal rick above and beyond what is expected while preforming their duties. Area law enforcement and fire chiefs present the awards.

This video was played at the Valor Awards 25th Anniversary, in November 2014. It is with great appreciation to these dedicated men and women, who serve and protect our businesses, communities, and families, that we present to you this video.

November 6
7:30–9:30 am

The Greater Richmond Convention Center
403 N 3rd Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Directions >>
Parking details coming.

 RMA Member: $45; Non-Member: $50
Tables of ten and sponsorship opportunities are available. 

Register Online


November 17, 2015

KEY SESSION

Key Session is a new high power and hands on series designed to help you unlock the potential of RMA member benefits.

You can register for all of these sessions, or just the ones that you feel apply to growing your business.

In this session:

RMA Digital Platforms: RMA & Think. Shop. Buy. Local web platforms. Learn how to promote events, discounts, news, and more.
eCommunications: how we keep your business informed and empowered. Learn types of communications, frequency, audiences, and more.

November 17
8:30–9:30 a.m.

Retail Merchants Association
5101 Monument Avenue
Richmond, VA 23230
Directions >>

RMA Members: FREE
Register early and save!

Register Online


December 4, 2015

Distinguished Retailer of the Year Award Ceremony

Since 1966, the Distinguished Retailer of the Year Award has been presented annually by Retail Merchants Association. Its purpose is to honor a local retailer who is both a proven leader in their company and who actively and generously gives back to the community.

Come to this exciting event as we unveil the 2015 Distinguished Retailer of the Year.

Nominate a Retailer
Past Winners

December 4
7:15–9:15 am

The Westin Richmond
6631 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230
Directions >>

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

Register Online

First Friday Forum Sponsors

PSAV HOST Richmond.com RTD Photography New Member Title Sponsor

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