Virginia Retail Matters 2024

A State of Retail Event

Thursday, September 19, 2024
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
* Registration open until 9/12/24 at 11:59 PM (EST)
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* Registration open until 9/12/24 at 11:59 PM (EST)
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10:30AM - 11:45AM: Registration/Networking

11:45AM - 2:00PM: Lunch/Presentation

This exciting event will bring together retailers, industry experts, and forward-thinking professionals to delve into the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities shaping the retail sector in Virginia. 


This luncheon will include a presentation of an in-depth retail study commissioned by Retail Alliance and conducted by Main Street America. The study analyzed current sales statistics and retail trends, blending them with national and state findings from their Small Business Survey of micro and small brick-and-mortar retailers across the U.S, to provide an in-depth look at the State of Retail in the U.S. and, in particular, Virginia.

NEW IN 2024: Three additional chapters in the study: AI, Workforce, and Access to Capital

In addition to the research results, there will also be a 2025 Legislative Outlook for the retail sector and we'll hold panel chats on important retail trends and challenges. 

The event will be held at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg. 

Melissa Minkow
Melissa works for a global digital solutions partner as director of retail strategy and has previously held a senior advisor role at a global management consulting company, covering omni-channel, e-commerce, mobile commerce, and social commerce.

She graduated with an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management and began her career at Target focusing on merchandising strategy. She is a RETHINK Retail Top Influencer and member of the RetailWire BrainTrust.

Matthew Wagner, Ph.D.
Matthew Wagner, Ph.D. serves as Chief Program Officer. In this role, he is responsible for driving the organization’s field service initiatives including the development and delivery of technical services for Main Street America and Urban Main programs, directing the Center’s research agenda, as well as the recently launched New Business Development work to focus on national partnerships, brand leveraging and new business growth areas.

Hotel Reservations

Please call Kingsmill reservations at (800) 832-5665 and ask for the Retail Alliance Virginia Retail Matters Luncheon.  They will provide the code BIZCORP which will give you 10% off of your room rate.


September 19
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Registration/Networking
11:45 AM - 2:00 PM Lunch/Presentation
* Registration open until 9/12/24 at 11:59 PM (EST)
Register Now
* Registration open until 9/12/24 at 11:59 PM (EST)
Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Retailers
  • Small business owners
  • Local and State government
  • Main Street organizations
  • Financial institutions
  • Commercial real estate
  • Economic Development Authorities
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Trade Associations
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