RETAIL MERCHANTS IS A MEMBERSHIP ORGANIZATION THAT UNDERSTANDS THE NEEDS OF LOCAL BUSINESSES AND PROVIDES SOLUTIONS.
SOLUTIONS TO EVERYDAY BUSINESS PROBLEMS.
Driven by a commitment to local businesses, RMA offers members value-based resources and partnerships that enable them to thrive.
WHO WE ARE & OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES
To serve as the ultimate resource to help local retailers thrive.
We envision that every retailer is a member of Retail Merchants and sees value in their membership.
We are committed to our members & the community.
We are open, honest & direct communicators.
We are professional and accountable.
We are collaborators who promote connectivity, change and creativity.
We expect excellence in ourselves and each other.
Recognizing that the combined power of a group was stronger than a solitary voice, Retail Merchants Association of Richmond was formed in 1906 when nine downtown Richmond retailers joined forces to solve a common challenge: dust from the dirt roads that would enter their shops. Since then the issues facing retailers may have changed but RMA continues to fight on behalf of local businesses.
LOYAL TO LOCAL
RMA’s consumer-facing Think. Shop. Buy. Local. program serves as an awareness generating campaign, stressing the importance of supporting local businesses throughout the community.
Through education and proactive advocacy, RMA’s government affairs team, Virginia Retail Federation, keeps members informed and protected regarding legislation that could impact the retail industry.
CONNECT & INSPIRE
Whether it’s through one of the many networking events held throughout the year or via our online community platform, RMA provides opportunities for members to connect, network, and collaborate with like-minded businesses.
RMA offers solution-oriented resources focused on key initiatives including quality talent acquisition, professional development, as well as more practical necessities such as payment processing for small businesses.
WHAT WE OFFER
RMA understands the current challenges of its members and offers forward-thinking solutions.
RMA has teamed up with several local area businesses who serve as Certified Solution Providers. Well-vetted, these companies align with RMA’s mission to help local retailers thrive and provide retailers with solutions and resources to solve their needs. Our current certified providers are solving for challenges around hiring and staffing as well as offering payment processing with a unique focus on customer service.
Retail Merchants launched a new collaborative platform that allows its members to easily connect with one another. This digital community provides retailers with the opportunity to access information and find industry-specific resources. The member-only community consists of groups where members can interact, share ideas, gain knowledge, answer questions and stay connected all from the comfort of their business.
RMA is focused on bringing RMA members vital information on what is happening in the retail industry – whether it be legislative issues that impact businesses or industry trends, RMA helps members stay informed and ahead of the curve.
RMA’s Educational Series is an in-depth learning series built for retailers. Each session concentrates on a specific topic that benefits their business. Topics range from growth and development to training opportunities for employees. Attendees will leave with direct takeaways and implementations for their business.
SIMPLE FACTS ABOUT US
Our membership is 70% true retail and 30% retail partner, other businesses that provide some sort of service.
Retail Merchants is very diverse and spans over 100 different business categories.
HAVE LESS THAN 10 EMPLOYEES
Over 60% of our membership is made up of businesses with less than 10 employees.
57% MEMBERS FOR 5 YEARS OR MORE
Members have lasting relationships with RMA. Over half of our members have been a part of the association for 5 or more years.
COMBINED MONTHLY REACH
Combined total monthly reach for Retail Merchants and Think. Shop. Buy. Local platforms.
COMBINED EMAIL DISTRIBUTION
Combined total reach for Retail Merchants and Think. Shop. Buy. Local email distribution.
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT.
“The benefits of belonging to Retail Merchants are invaluable. There are many wonderful business people in the association, and all of them are willing and happy to share their knowledge and friendship with you. We have gained so much knowledge, both professionally and personally.”
– David & Richard Hendrick Co-owners, Custom Kitchen, Inc.
“We’re in the business of helping businesses. We’d love to learn about your business needs and see how we may provide effective solutions.”