This page will include resources available to our members only, such as video and audio recordings of our webinars, presentations, and other information.
May 5, 2021 Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grants - Senator Mark Warner shared information about the RRF grants.
April 21, 2021 Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grants - What you need to know now. VRLTA partnered with the Small Business Administration, the National Restaurant Association, and the restaurant associations for the DC area and Maryland to present information about the Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grants.
April 7, 2021 How to Grow & Market Your Business with DoorDashVRLTA has worked with DoorDash to award $450,000 in grants to restaurants across Virginia. We continued building on our partnership by offering the Webinar Wednesday focused on building your business using DoorDash and their suite of tools. In this webinar with Katie Witman, Senior Policy Advisor with DoorDash, you can learn more about DoorDash's Storefront, DoorDash Drive, and marketing solutions on Marketplace to grow your business on DoorDash - all ways to help you save.
March 24, 2021 The Post-Pandemic Workplace: An Employment Law and Human Resources Perspective This VRLTA Webinar Wednesday presentation gave us a new perspective on how COVID-19 upended the workplace as we know it. Experts widely speculate that we’ve fast-forwarded in the direction of working remotely by years. But what exactly does this mean? Is the future of work primarily virtual, and if so, what challenges does this entail? What is the new role of the physical workspace? What about employees who can't work from home? As business leaders collectively answer these questions in the coming weeks and months, this presentation explores the most likely post-pandemic outcome of the “hybrid workplace," in which more employees work from home more of the time. The webinar focused on the novel questions and challenges this raises from an employment law, management, and human resources standpoint. Presenter Isaac Mamaysky is a Partner at Potomac Law Group who provides strategic business and employment law advice to management teams, in-house attorneys, and human resources professionals across industries. With deep experience in the hospitality and lodging space, Isaac approaches his clients' legal considerations with a business mindset.
March 18, 2021 NRA Slide Deck: Restaurant Revitalization Fund Becomes Law
February 24, 2021 PPP, ERC and Employee Vaccinations Webinar Wednesday continued with a presentation from the partners at Potomac Law Group. During the session, Derek Adams, a former Department of Justice trial attorney spoke about the PPP program, Susan Rogers, an experienced tax lawyer and former tax counsel to the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee discussed the ERC program, and Isaac Mamaysky, a partner who provides strategic business and employment law advice, shared information on vaccination laws. This webinar provides tailored guidance to the restaurant, lodging, and hotel industry regarding tips to maximize loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program, information on whether you may qualify for the Employee Retention Credit and how to go about claiming the credit—up to 5k per employee in 2020 and up to 14k per employee in the first half of 2021—and finally a look at employee vaccination laws and what employers can and cannot require.
February 10, 2021 How to Gain Organic Traction on Your Instagram Page Webinar Wednesday featured Stefanie Cainto, founder of Social Ads With Stef. She shared how food and beverage outlets, attractions, and accommodations can leverage organic Instagram tactics to increase awareness and gain traction around offerings. Stefanie's past agency work includes Marriott, Virgin Produced, and Visit San Diego.
January 26, 2021 Second round of PPP and Accessing COVID-19 Relief - Everything You Need To Know VRLTA's informative webinar series continued with a look at the newest relief package - the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program. SBDC Manager Eric Byrd and VRLTA President Eric Terry provided an overview of the program and details on how to navigate the process to secure funding. Key takeways included:
Which businesses qualify for this round of funding?
What do you need to do to apply for PPP funding?
How to work with your local community bank for funding?
January 6, 2021 2021 Pre-Session Review of VRLTA Legislative Positions VRLTA kicked off 2021 with a webinar to learn more about our legislative positions prior to the regular session of the Virginia General Assembly that convened January 13th. The session also covered topics including the importance of being involved in our advocacy, and discussed what issues we expected to garner significant attention during the legislative session. Speakers included Eric Terry, VRLTA President, Robert Melvin, VRLTA Director of Government Affairs, and Senator Lynwood Lewis. Senator Lewis serves at the Chairman of the Senate Local Government Committee. He represents the 6th Senate District of Virginia which includes Accomack County, Mathews County, Northampton County, and part of the cities of Virginia Beach and Norfolk.
October 14, 2020 Webinar Wednesday: To Your Health - Explore all of the NEW member healthcare benefits offered through VRLTA Webinar Wednesday offered an opportunity to learn more about new member healthcare benefits from partners, UnitedHealth Group/Optum and USI Insurance Services. Speakers included Kimberlee Vandervoorn, Vice President of Consumer Solutions, UnitedHealth Group/Optum, and Holly Miller, Senior Vice President & Regional Non-Profit Employee Benefits Practice Leader, USI Insurance Services.
September 30, 2020 Ordinary Awards Virtual Presentation VRLTA held our annual Ordinary Awards program, which recognizes the best of the hospitality and tourism industries, virtually for the first time. Congratulations to all of the 2020 winners.
September 9, 2020 Webinar Wednesday: How to Comply with the new COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards VRLTA continued our webinar series on September 9, with a webinar to discuss compliance for the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards, led by Jennifer L. Rose, CSP, the VOSH Cooperative Programs Director at the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry. She shared how restaurants, campgrounds, attractions, and hotels can better comply with the recently-implemented Virginia Department of Labor requirements around workplace safety.
August 11, 2020 Webinar Wednesday: The 3 Ps of a Successful To-Go Alcohol Program Are you working to develop or enhance a to-go alcohol program for your restaurant? Do you have questions about the best way to do it successfully and profitably? We've got some answers for you! Our recent VRLTA webinar, The 3 Ps of a Successful To-Go Alcohol Program featured a panel of experts who covered the key aspects of starting or expanding your alcohol to-go program, helping you maximize income from this newly-available revenue stream. The session included information on:
Policies – What are the legalities and considerations around selling alcohol to go? What are potential pitfalls?
Packaging – What are options for affordable and effective packaging? What works and what doesn't?
Promotion – What are some best practices around promoting your program? What methods and platforms work best?