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VAMA Education & Legislative
Membership Conference
Friday, July 25, 2014

Top Digital Marketing Tactics for the Vending Industry

Learn and understand how to implement the most effective digital marketing strategies that connect your target market in a half-day workshop.

Meeting Details:
Registration Deadline: July 21, 2014
Operators: $0 - No Fee for Meeting Registration!
Suppliers: $250 per company (Max 4 attendees)

Click Here to Register ONLINE or PRINT Registration form.

Location:
Hilton Garden Inn
Rooms: $114
501 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 344-430
www.richmonddowntown.hgi.com

Learning Objectives:


- Where are marketers investing in digital marketing
- How to “reverse-engineer” your buyer in order to get your messaging right
- Using web analytics and other metrics to maximize your marketing ROI
- How you can critique your own website
- What are the main elements your website should have
- How search engine marketing can generate qualified visitors to your website
- How online display marketing can drive your brand awareness
- Why you should be doing email marketing & how best to do it & how best to use social technologies to build your brand

About the Speaker:
Chris Leone, COO, WebStrategies, Inc

As COO & chief digital strategist, Chris is responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of digital marketing plans for clients in a variety of industries. Chris is dedicated to mastering Google platforms, holding individual certifications for Adwords and Analytics. He has built and managed countless online advertising campaigns across a variety of different industry verticals and has led advanced, custom Google Analytics implementations for several high profile, high traffic websites.

Friday, July 25th Meeting Schedule:
8:30 am VAMA Board Meeting – open to membership

10:00 am
Top Digital Marketing Tactics for the Vending Industry
Speaker: Chris Leone, COO, WebStrategies Inc – the only Google Certified Search & Analytics Partner in Virginia!
Session Info: Educate/inform participants of the latest and most effective digital marketing strategies and tactics relevant to the Vending industry; receive tools for implementation.

11:30 am Virginia General Assembly Member, Del. Jimmie Massie (R), is a key player on the budget and other critical tax issues for business.  As a private business owner, “He gets it.” Come hear Del Massie Speak!

Lunch


12:30 pm
Top Digital Marketing Tactics for the Vending Industry (Part 2)

2:00 pm
Adjourn

 

VAMA Legislative Report

The 2014 Session of the Virginia General Assembly adjourned March 8th having acted on better than 2,888 pieces of legislation during its sixty day regular session, with one exception-----the 2014-2016 biennial budget.
 
As the legislature approached adjournment weekend budget conferees had reached a compromise on most of the spending plan issues with the exception of Medicaid expansion as has been reported.  Governor McAuliffe, Senate and House Democrats contend that expansion would help those uninsured Virginians and create jobs.  House Republicans doubt that Washington can afford to keep that promise to pick up most of the cost, which in Virginia would amount to about $2 billion a year—an impasse not to be resolved during this Session...

To Read Full Report Click Here


Regards,
Jeff, III  &  Jeff, IV
The Smith Group, Inc.

4907 Augusta Ave.
Richmond, Virginia 23230

Ph: 804-353-2322

Fx: 804-355-8986

Email: jeff@smithgroupva.com
Website: www.smithgroupva.com



 

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# 1 Communications, # 2 Education and # 3 Networking

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Associate Members 2014 Invoice
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2014 General Assembly Report 1/10/14

On Wednesday,  the 2014 General Assembly convened their regular 60 day Session with not all seats in both chambers occupied as a result of the November elections.

The Senate had two vacant seats with the general  elections of Sen Northam (D) to Lt Government and Sen Herring (D) to Attorney General.  The special election for Sen Northam’s open seat was held this week and Del Lynnwood Lewis (D) appears to have won with a vote margin of 10 votes with over 20,000 having been cast.  Should Lewis prevail then there will be yet another Special election for his vacated House seat sometime in February or March.  A recount is certain. 

There will be another Special election later this month to fill the vacated seat of Senator Herring and depending on that outcome could change the makeup of the Senate from its current 20-20 split to 21-19 R or maintain the 20-20 split with the Lt Gov who presides over the Senate as the tie breaker vote.   Senator Herring’s election was involved in a recount with Sen Obenshain (R) who lost by a little over 100 votes with 2.2 ml being cast.

Further, Del Ware (D) from Roanoke city retired along with the long list of other incumbents, but did so in a timely manner as to require a Special election there. That Special election was also held this week where Sam Rasoul (D) won and will be sworn in when certified.

What remains unclear at this point will be the Senate and the expected  organizational debates should these Senate special elections result in a 20-20 party split again with the Lt Gov now being a Democrat where Bolling (R) presided before.  During the last four year period the Republicans claimed a majority by including the Lt Gov in their numbers and expect the Democrats to do likewise based on final election results.

We expect the usual and customary number of bills introduced again this Session with education, State Budget and transportation at the top of discussions.  The House with a significant Republican majority is expected to be more favorable on business issues.

We are in the process of reviewing bills that have been filed in order to assess their impact . One of the first orders of business was for the Speaker of the House of Delegates to make committee assignments. This is very important because a significant portion of the work of the General Assembly is done in committee. The new House Committee Chart outlines who the Speaker appointed to each committee.  Based on the outcome of two special elections, there may be some changes in the Senate Committee lineup. As soon as that is finalized, we will share it with you.

Our legislative bill report and bill status is linked here.

 

 

VAMA VOY/SOY Winners Announced at ACE

VAMA Vendor of the Year, Mark Matthews

 

The Saturday MVP breakfast at this year's ACE show gave us an inspirational keynote by Ty Bello who spoke to a packed house on how, "Technology Causes a VOID in Customer Service: Avoid the GAP.” Beforehand, awards were given to the following: NCVA Vendor of the Year: Chris Taylor, Canteen; NCVA Supplier of the Year: Lisa Kelley, Mondelez; VAMA Vendor of the Year: Mark Matthews, HL Toms; and VAMA Supplier of the Year: Frank Weatherly of G&J Marketing. A plaque presented to Gaye Tankersley of Food Service, Inc. was given to honor her year-long commitment and passionate service as the 2013 ACE Planning Committee Chair. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented posthumously to Bob McTaggart and received by Gordon Vermillion. 

 


 VAMA Supplier of the Year, Frank Weatherly

 

 

 

2013 General Assembly Adjourns
What VAMA Members Need to Know

The 2013 General Assembly adjourned Saturday evening after addressing the two last pieces of major legislation this Session. The budget and transportation. The Governor now has 30 days to act on all legislation sent to him; where he can veto the legislation, amend and send back for the 1 day Reconvene Session on April 8, 2013 or sign the legislation. Legislation signed becomes effective July 1, 2013 unless otherwise stated in the bill. Unfortunately, we were not able to escape the sales tax increase applying to vending sales and will have to develop a strategic plan to address during the 2014 Session.

Transportation Bill Highlights:

  • Invests $3.5 billion in Virginia’s transportation network over the next five years.
  • Replaces the current 17.5 cent per gallon gas tax with a 3.5 percent wholesale gas tax, lowering gas prices and generating revenue through economic growth. (exemptions for off road use)
  • Increases the state wide sales tax by 3/10ths of a percent.
  • Prioritizes existing revenue while protecting other core government services like K-12 education.
  • Includes major regional funding packages for Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.Additional money raised in those regions stays in those regions
  • Prohibits tolling on Interstate 95 outside of the Northern Virginia region.
  • Dedicates revenue from the Marketplace Fairness Act (internet sales tax) to transportation.If Congress does pass that legislation, we make sure it goes toward transportation, not growing government.
  • This plan reduces the titling tax exemption on motor vehicle sales to 1 percent, eliminating a tax loophole and making the tax system simpler and fairer.
  • Applies a $100 fee on alternative fueled vehicles because those drivers use less fuel.
  • Applies a 6 percent wholesale diesel tax. (exemptions for off road use)
  • Creates a lockbox for additional money raised in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia.
  • Increases sales tax in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia by 7/10ths of a percent and increases the wholesale gas tax by 2.1%

Click here to link to VAMA Report

Governor McDonnell Announces Private Team Selected to Design, Build and Finance New Route 460 in Southeast Virginia

Work to begin next year; will reduce congestion, provide emergency evacuation route, and will spur job creation and economic development for Hampton Roads and the Commonwealth.
Project Estimated to Create 14,000 New Long-Term Jobs; Have Annual Economic Impact by 2020 of $7.3 Billion

October 17th, 2012 RICHMOND, VA

AUDIO:Governor McDonnell Discusses Significance of New Route 460

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that the commonwealth has selected US 460 Mobility Partners to finance, design and build a new 55-mile stretch of Route 460 in southeastern Virginia. The selection was made after a two-year procurement process involving detailed review and evaluation of private-sector proposals. Construction will be financed through a combination of public dollars and tolls. The existing Route 460 remains free.

Click here to view the entire press release


Cardinal Services In the News!

 

Please take a look at the attached story (with online link below) written on VAMA member, Cardinal Services and their healthy vending business. Check out the story as VAMA President, Carl Moser, explains the innovative approach.

Please keep in mind, you can contact your local papers if you have newsworthy stories, just like this, for your communities.

Click here for the full story

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