Education

RMA Workshops

Retail Merchants Association hosts various workshops annually to assist small businesses.  In addition, we have a monthly Business eXpress which is an informal group meeting to learn about relevant topics to help you grow your business.

Trade Show/Expos – RMA has participated in area Trade -Shows and Buy Local expos. Education is the key to our Buy Local initiative.

SCORE (Counselors to America’s Small Business)

Retail Merchants Association is partnering with SCORE to present members and potential members with experienced volunteer business counselors. SCORE provides confidential advice and assistance to new or existing small businesses on request and at NO COST. Services include: Business Planning, Loan Assistance, Marketing, Legal Entity of your Business, Pricing Products/Services, and Financial Analysis.

How Healthy Is Your Business? SCORE has developed a brief questionnaire to help determine if you need to address key issues to keep your business healthy. If you answer “NO” to any of the questions, SCORE can assist you in developing a plan for success.  Visit the website for more information.

SCORE Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 10 AM – 1 PM / Other times by appointment

Online Training

In partnership with VRMA, your employees can now take advantage of online training courses on a variety of subjects.The topics are categorized in the following series:

  • Pharmacy
  • Retail Compliance
  • Customer Service
  • Food Safety
  • Leadership
  • Loss Prevention
  • Business Skills
  • OSHA
  • Computer Skills
  • Health Care Waste Prevention
  • Retail Management

Some courses are even offered in Spanish. Since the courses are online, training can be done in your store or anywhere your employees can access the internet. Most courses take less than an hour to complete and prices for each course start at just $9.95/course – plus, volume discounts are available. You may start training today!

Business Development Centre (BDC)

The Business Development Centre, Inc. (BDC) offers the aspiring and existing small business owner the opportunity to develop a strong, healthy business. This opportunity comes in many forms and is available to the population of the entire Region 2000 economic area.  Call us to schedule an appointment to discuss our services. (Business Incubator, Business Counseling, Financing, Training and Events.)  CLICK HERE to visit the website.

The one-stop resource Centre for entrepreneurs is located at 147 Mill Ridge Road, off of Old Graves Mill Road. Please contact the Centre to schedule an appointment or for more information at (434) 582-6100.