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“Chief among my many reasons for being a long time VRA member is the representation it provides for my business in Montpelier. Since it would not be practical for me to follow the action in the legislature that could impact my business, I am grateful to turn that task over to our experienced executive director. About a year ago I took advantage of VRA's relationship with a credit card processor that substantially reduced our rates. It's yet another benefit from membership at VRA.”
Lynn Miles, Samara's Cards & Gifts
“Our business switched to VRA’s insurance program with Acadia. The VRA saved us $2,100 annually and we’ve got better insurance coverage in some areas. This is a great program for businesses and Aunt Sadie’s is happy to be a part of this program.”
Gary Briggs, Aunt Sadies Inc
“VRA is a great way for Vermont businesses to learn from one another as well as spread the word about the services and products we offer.”
Carol Metayer, Farm-Way Inc.
Becoming a member of the Vermont Retail Association (VRA) can be one of the best decisions and investments you can make for your business.
For more than four decades, the Vermont Retail Association (VRA) has been the only association championing the interests of Vermont’s retail industry. By joining VRA you gain access to exclusive, money saving discounts on services and benefit programs, advocacy and a voice in retail legislation, as well as valuable insight into what is happening both locally and nationally in retail. We help you grow and protect your business, promote the retail industry and save your business money.
Advocacy: You can’t be at the Statehouse every day - but we can! When the legislature is in session, we give testimony, monitor bills, and meet frequently with key lawmakers and members of the Governor’s office. VRA’s Executive Director, Tasha Wallis is at the state house each day representing your concerns and opinions. Similarly, if we know of new upcoming legislation that will affect our members’ businesses, we can let you know right away! In recent years, we’ve been instrumental in swipe fee reform, sales tax issues and Sales Tax Holidays to name just three. Click here to learn more.
Networking: VRA offers business webinars, special events and programs each year where you can find marketing and networking opportunities, meet local business and government leaders, and stay up-to-date on economic issues affecting your business and the region.
Insurance benefits: VRA members receive money saving discounts through Northeast Delta Dental for dental insurance. They also offer a vision discount program if you are a Delta Dental member. (Click here to learn more.) Along with these offerings is a members-only Property and Casualty insurance program with Acadia including Worker’s Compensation, Auto and Umbrella lines of business. (Click here to learn more.)
Credit Card Processing: We know businesses are bombarded by credit card processing “deals.” Our retail association provider, who only provides service to association members, guarantees they can save your business money or will reward you with $100! This is a stable and outstanding alternative to the sales people knocking on your door to offer spurious discounts. Click here to learn more.
National Retail Federation membership included free: When you are an active member of VRA, you automatically receive free membership in the National Retail Federation (www.nrf.com) NRF provides you with a wide array of resources and tools to navigate the current retail landscape.
Member-only discounts: VRA offers other exclusive cost savings to our members. Click here to learn more.