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Vermont Retail & Grocers Association
148 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
802-839-1928 (office)
802-839-1927 (fax)

VRGA = Vermont Retail & Grocers Association

We are two associations (Vermont Grocers’ Association and Vermont Retail Association) who recently merged into one organization (Vermont Retail & Grocers Association) which is a single clearing-house of information and advocacy for retail related issues, ranging from the sales tax to employment and business regulations. Policy makers will recognize the new association as an even stronger statewide voice for retailers and grocers.  read more »

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  • Copey's Sauces & Marinades
    Copey Houghton
    52 Buckwheat Street
    Ferrisburgh VT 05456
    802-999-7032

  • PartnerShip LLC
    29077 Clemens Road
    Cleveland OH 44145
    800-599-2902

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08.28.14

Copey's Sauces & Marinades
Copey Houghton
52 Buckwheat Street
Ferrisburgh VT 05456
802-999-7032


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Great lineup of workshops at Convention
08.17.14

VRGA is pleased to offer industry members a full slate of workshops at the upcoming convention, September 9-10 at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Jct. All are complimentary except for the Servsafe food safety class on September 9th.
Convention registration

Matt HudsonBuilding a Culturrific Service Team
September 10, 8:30 am, Champlain Valley Exposition
Everyone knows the impact great service can have on your retail business. But did you know the key to great service is a great culture?
In this session you will learn:
• What the latest research on Customer behavior says about service.
• What is corporate culture?
• How a service culture is developed and nurtured by you to WOW a Customer.
• The roadblocks to establishing a terrific service culture in your store.

More


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08.06.14

PartnerShip LLC
29077 Clemens Road
Cleveland OH 44145
800-599-2902


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Vermont Retail & Grocers BIG SHOW! September 9-10
08.04.14

convention logoPlease Join Us! Vermont’s Grocery & Retail industry event, VRGA’s Convention & Expo will be held September 9-10, 2014 at the Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Jct., Vt. The “Big Show” is a key marketing tool for today’s economy with excellent networking opportunities to increase your bottom line. Held each fall, this popular event includes exhibits, educational seminars, contests, entertainment and more! We hope to see you there! Exhibit opportunities are still available but selling out fast! Click here for more information and a schedule of events.

Convention Program
Registration
ServSafe Food Safety Class
Sponsorships Available
Hotel Reservations (Rooms currently available at the Best Western/Windjammer in South Burlington; call 800-371-1125 and refer to group number 407781)


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Q & A on recent changes to SNAP for retailers
08.02.14

USDA has put together the second in a series of questions and answers associated with the retailer, issuance, and EBT provisions of the Agricultural Act of 2014.


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2014 Edition of VRGA Directory Now Available
07.18.14

2014 VRGA yearbookThe 2014 digital version of the Vermont Retail & Grocers Association Directory and Reference Guidebook is now available in the Members Only section of the website. If you need help with access to the section, please contact Robin or call the association office.


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Malware Threat to POS Systems
07.07.14

Over the past 7 months a new and ongoing family of Point of Sale (PoS) malware has come into play. Discovered to steal data, log keystrokes and even update itself to avoid detection, the Backoff malware family is just the latest in a recent trend of Point of Sale attacks. With multiple variations including "backoff", "goo", "MAY", "net" and "LAST" this threat is simple and sophisticated going for as much data as it can while flying below the radar.


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Recipients of 2014 Vermont Retail & Grocers Association Scholarships Announced
07.03.14

The Vermont Retail and Grocers Association (VRGA) has announced its scholarship winners for the 2013-2014 academic year. For 25 years, the association's Scholarship Program has provided financial assistance for college to members' employees and/or their children.

In past years, 12 scholarships were offered. This year, thanks to expanded resources created by the recent merger of the Vermont Grocers Association (VGA) and the Vermont Retail Association (VRA), 15 scholarships of $1,500 each, totaling $22,500 were awarded.

List of award winners


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Vermont Propane & Tobacco Tax Changes effective July 1, 2014
06.23.14

The tax package (H884) approved by the legislature this year included a couple of changes with tobacco products and the sales tax on propane canisters.

The Vermont cigarette tax increases by 13 cents per pack from $2.62 to $2.75 per pack.  Equalizes snuff and smokeless tobacco to the rate of cigarettes, a 42 cent increase, from $1.87 to $2.29 per ounce.

Retailers are no longer subject to the gross reciepts tax on small propane cansiters sold at their store. However, they are subject to the Vermont sales tax unless it is a customers tank refilled from a bulk tank.
Vermont Tax Department Bulletin


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Vermont Retail & Grocers Association are now one!
04.02.14

Tasha Wallis, Executive Director of the Vermont Retail Association (VRA), and Jim Harrison, President of the Vermont Grocers Association (VGA), announced that the two groups have merged into a single new entity, the Vermont Retail and Grocers Association (VRGA), effective May 1, 2014.


More...




08.28.14

Copey's Sauces & Marinades
Copey Houghton
52 Buckwheat Street
Ferrisburgh VT 05456
802-999-7032


More...

Great lineup of workshops at Convention
08.17.14

VRGA is pleased to offer industry members a full slate of workshops at the upcoming convention, September 9-10 at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Jct. All are complimentary except for the Servsafe food safety class on September 9th.
Convention registration

Matt HudsonBuilding a Culturrific Service Team
September 10, 8:30 am, Champlain Valley Exposition
Everyone knows the impact great service can have on your retail business. But did you know the key to great service is a great culture?
In this session you will learn:
• What the latest research on Customer behavior says about service.
• What is corporate culture?
• How a service culture is developed and nurtured by you to WOW a Customer.
• The roadblocks to establishing a terrific service culture in your store.

More


More...

08.06.14

PartnerShip LLC
29077 Clemens Road
Cleveland OH 44145
800-599-2902


More...

Vermont Retail & Grocers BIG SHOW! September 9-10
08.04.14

convention logoPlease Join Us! Vermont’s Grocery & Retail industry event, VRGA’s Convention & Expo will be held September 9-10, 2014 at the Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Jct., Vt. The “Big Show” is a key marketing tool for today’s economy with excellent networking opportunities to increase your bottom line. Held each fall, this popular event includes exhibits, educational seminars, contests, entertainment and more! We hope to see you there! Exhibit opportunities are still available but selling out fast! Click here for more information and a schedule of events.

Convention Program
Registration
ServSafe Food Safety Class
Sponsorships Available
Hotel Reservations (Rooms currently available at the Best Western/Windjammer in South Burlington; call 800-371-1125 and refer to group number 407781)


More...

Q & A on recent changes to SNAP for retailers
08.02.14

USDA has put together the second in a series of questions and answers associated with the retailer, issuance, and EBT provisions of the Agricultural Act of 2014.


More...

2014 Edition of VRGA Directory Now Available
07.18.14

2014 VRGA yearbookThe 2014 digital version of the Vermont Retail & Grocers Association Directory and Reference Guidebook is now available in the Members Only section of the website. If you need help with access to the section, please contact Robin or call the association office.


More...

Malware Threat to POS Systems
07.07.14

Over the past 7 months a new and ongoing family of Point of Sale (PoS) malware has come into play. Discovered to steal data, log keystrokes and even update itself to avoid detection, the Backoff malware family is just the latest in a recent trend of Point of Sale attacks. With multiple variations including "backoff", "goo", "MAY", "net" and "LAST" this threat is simple and sophisticated going for as much data as it can while flying below the radar.


More...

Recipients of 2014 Vermont Retail & Grocers Association Scholarships Announced
07.03.14

The Vermont Retail and Grocers Association (VRGA) has announced its scholarship winners for the 2013-2014 academic year. For 25 years, the association's Scholarship Program has provided financial assistance for college to members' employees and/or their children.

In past years, 12 scholarships were offered. This year, thanks to expanded resources created by the recent merger of the Vermont Grocers Association (VGA) and the Vermont Retail Association (VRA), 15 scholarships of $1,500 each, totaling $22,500 were awarded.

List of award winners


More...

Vermont Propane & Tobacco Tax Changes effective July 1, 2014
06.23.14

The tax package (H884) approved by the legislature this year included a couple of changes with tobacco products and the sales tax on propane canisters.

The Vermont cigarette tax increases by 13 cents per pack from $2.62 to $2.75 per pack.  Equalizes snuff and smokeless tobacco to the rate of cigarettes, a 42 cent increase, from $1.87 to $2.29 per ounce.

Retailers are no longer subject to the gross reciepts tax on small propane cansiters sold at their store. However, they are subject to the Vermont sales tax unless it is a customers tank refilled from a bulk tank.
Vermont Tax Department Bulletin


More...

Vermont Retail & Grocers Association are now one!
04.02.14

Tasha Wallis, Executive Director of the Vermont Retail Association (VRA), and Jim Harrison, President of the Vermont Grocers Association (VGA), announced that the two groups have merged into a single new entity, the Vermont Retail and Grocers Association (VRGA), effective May 1, 2014.


More...



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