Events and Programs

Upcoming Events

October 3, 2014

First Friday: Annual Economic Forecast

Attend RMA’s Annual Economic Forecast breakfast and learn what the experts have to say about the local and national economies in 2015. Learn about the economic forecast, how it will affect your business and how to best position yourself for it.

Our Speakers

Greg Miller HeadshotGregory Miller, Chief Economist with SunTrust Banks, Inc.
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LauraLaura Lafayette, CEO of the Richmond Association of REALTORS® and Central Virginia Regional Multiple Listing Service.
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Greg Gilligan, Business Editor with the Richmond Times-Dispatch


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Friday, October 3, 2014
7:15–9:15 a.m.

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

Annual Economic Forecast Sponsors

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Print Media Sponsor

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Audio Visual Sponsor

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New Member Sponsor

The Westin Richmond

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Photography Sponsor

Robert Thomas Photography

October 21, 2014

Member Power Hour

Come to the Retail Merchants Association as we take a deeper dive into the RMA member benefits and programs.
You’ll meet the RMA staff, learn how they can help your business, and make new connections.
With coffee, door prizes, networking, and a lively atmosphere, this event is a free investment!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
8:15-9:30 a.m.

5101 Monument Ave.
Richmond, VA 23230
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RMA Members, FREE; Non-members, FREE

October 29, 2014

Connect@ Franco’s Fine Clothier

We’re celebrating all nominees of the 2014 Distinguished Retailer of the Year Award at our Connect@ Franco’s Fine Clothier event! We will also announce the three finalists who will be honored at our December 5th Award Ceremony.

Our 2014 Distinguished Retailer of the Year Award is a longstanding tradition that has been honored since 1966.

The award recognizes an outstanding member of the retail community who is a proven leader in the retail field, and who actively gives back to the community through volunteering, support, and engagement.

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Nominations concluded Sept. 12, 2014. Please check back soon for a list of nominated retailers.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014
5:00–7:00 p.m.

Franco’s Fine Clothier
5321 Lakeside Ave
Richmond, VA 23228
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RMA Members, $15; Non-members, $20

Connect@ Event Sponsors

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November 7, 2014

25th Annual Valor Awards

Honoring and Celebrating First Responders25th Anniversary Valor Award Logo

Retail Merchants Association (RMA) is delighted to announce the Silver Anniversary of the Annual Valor Awards and Ceremony, an RMA signature event celebrating the courageous acts of our region’s First Responders.

Nominees and recipients of this award include Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters and Emergency Services Personnel who have performed outstanding acts of courage, putting themselves at risk and personal injury.  Area Law Enforcement and Fire Chiefs will present the awards.

This breakfast event is open to the public. Attendees include the award recipients, their families, friends and co-workers, RMA members, the local business community and civilians who want to show their support for our First Responders.

“The Valor Awards are greatly significant to Retail Merchants Association and the community. It gives us the opportunity to properly recognize and honor both our First Responders and their families, whose support is critical to these individuals’ ongoing commitment to our safety. It is with extreme gratitude and delight that we celebrate the 25th Annual Valor Awards.”
              Nancy Thomas
              President/CEO of Retail Merchants Association

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Friday, November 7, 2014
7:15–9:15 a.m.

Greater Richmond Convention Center
403 North Third Street
Richmond, VA 23219
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$45 per person
Register early and save! Walk-in rate is $5 more. 

Valor Awards Sponsors

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