Partners and Associations
We believe that working with other organizations is key to our success. By collaborating with these partners, we are able to offer an even better experience for our customers and achieve our goals more effectively. On this page, you will find information about the various organizations we have joined forces with and how these alliances have helped us grow and thrive. We are thankful for the support of these partners and look forward to strengthening our relationships in the future.
ECEP's founders are best-in-industry experts and leaders from the world's top catering and hospitality organizations. United by a common goal of propelling the catering and events industry forward through innovation and bold new ideas, they're shaking things up and defining new standards of excellence for companies and professionals across the world.
Founded in 1936, the National Automatic Merchandising Association represents the $31 billion US convenience services industry. With nearly 1,000 member companies — including many of the world’s most recognized brands — NAMA provides advocacy, education and research for its membership.
Dedicated to building a thriving regional community by providing support for the success of their members, as well as giving a strong voice to local businesses. ChamberRVA is committed to developing leaders and entrepreneurs within the region. It is the only local membership organization that is focused on the overall success of the region.
Through educational programs available online and in person; three credential programs; original research; the FM Knowledge Base; a Career Center, and ample opportunities for all involved in the facility management profession to network with others, IFMA is the ultimate resource for facility management professionals.
VRLTA is an organization established in 1993 representing the interests of the Restaurant, Hotel-Lodging, Travel, and Hospitality Suppliers Associations of Virginia before state legislature and regulatory agencies. They also promote education and networking in the hospitality and tourism industry.
The Greater Richmond Association for Commercial Real Estate is the only organization in Richmond whose primary mission is to be an advocate for commercial property owners, developers, and related professionals. GRACRE proactively addresses issues affecting the commercial real estate industry in Richmond.
The Society for Human Resource Management is a leading expert in HR management, promoting better workplaces for employers and employees. With a membership of over 300,000 HR and business executives in 165 countries, SHRM has a global reach and impact, positively affecting the lives of more than 115 million workers and their families.
RICHMOND REGION TOURISM
The organization works to generate economic prosperity through tourism by attracting conventions, meetings, sports tournaments and visitors while ensuring they have an unforgettable experience. They also enhance the quality of life for the community by supporting the places that make the Richmond Region wonderful.
Since its founding in 1958, the National Association for Catering and Events has been the go-to resource and community for catering and event professionals nationwide. NACE empowers catering and event professionals by providing them with industry-leading education, tools and resources, and a vibrant community to learn and grow from.
The Association of Legal Administrators was formed in 1971 to provide support to professionals involved in the management of law firms, corporate legal departments, and government legal agencies. Today ALA has more than 9,000 members comprised of over 90 Chapters representing more than 30 countries.
The American Marketing Association is a group of dedicated professionals in the field of marketing. Membership provides access to exclusive content and discounts to help boost knowledge and advance careers, as well as opportunities to connect with other marketers through local professional chapters across North America.
The Virginia Manufacturers Association aims to create a favorable business environment in the United States for advanced technology companies to manufacture and headquarter their operations for maximum productivity and profitability. The Association actively advocates for policies and regulations that support this mission.
The Virginia Automatic Merchandising Association exists to promote the best interests of the vending industry, foster fair and free competition, provide a forum for exchanging ideas and suggestions for the benefit of the industry and that of the general public, enhance your professionalism and improve the performance of the company you represent.
Richmond BizSense is a leading source of business news in Richmond. It publishes several original news stories every weekday, providing in-depth coverage of local business happenings. Featuring regular roundups of local foreclosures, business licenses, building permits, legal disputes and other relevant information.
Meeting Professionals International aims to advance the meeting and event industry and the careers of professionals in the field. Through a global network of local chapters, MPI provides education, networking and support for individuals passionate about the industry. They empower members to create unique experiences for positive change.