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Join GRA and Reap the Benefits of Association

The Georgia Retail Association is dedicated to making Georgia one of the best places in the United States to do business. As long as there are threats to your business, the Georgia Retail Association will make sure the voice of the retail industry in Georgia is heard loud and clear.  Click HERE for the GRA Member Application.

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A True Crime-Fighting Partnership

GRAORCA is a statewide crime-fighting partnership. This alliance allows retailers and law enforcement to communicate about criminal activity impacting businesses on a real-time basis while preventing other partners from being victimized.

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An Open Letter from SeaWorld’s Animal Advocates

Inaccurate reports recently have generated questions about SeaWorld and the animals in our care. The truth is in our parks and people, and it’s time to set the record straight.

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Health Care Reform Act

The health care reform law— the Affordable Care Act (ACA)— has many complex requirements for employers and health plans. Many employers are starting to focus more attention on the ACA’s rules and, as a result, have more questions than ever.

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Stand with Main Street and Georgia's retailers

Georgia's Alliance for Main Street Fairness is a coalition dedicated to ensuring sales tax laws treat all businesses equally. An online sales tax loophole currently puts local businesses at risk, and we are working to level the playing field. Click here for information on how to join the coalition.

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Small Business Quarterly

Delivers practical info to help you increase the bottom line.
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Member Profile

The Big Store
Susan and Philip Perlis
Tifton, GA

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Service Spotlight

GRA's bankcard program is your gateway to a better bottom line.
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imageAs you have probably heard, the Georgia Lottery will be rolling out a new on-line program in the Fall, called iHOPE. There are some GRA members who are evaluating whether or not to participate.

Branded as the Lottery’s “iHOPE” card, it will allow players to preload funds, buy tickets and have their winnings automatically downloaded into the card’s account — instead of going to a store for cash on hand. It can be used any place that accepts debit cards for regular retail transactions. Stores that sell lottery tickets will not face debit card transaction fees for lottery sales through the iHOPE card. It is being marketed as a customer loyalty card and reloadable pre-paid card that can be used at the lottery terminal and at the point-of-sale (POS).

Basically, customers will be able to pull a “blank” card off the shelf, and have funds loaded onto it at the lottery terminal. Once funds are loaded, they can use the card for lottery purchases or at the POS for merchandise. Customers will also be able to register the card online. Once they’ve registered the card, they can add funds as often as they like, or even link the card to an existing bank account so funds can flow back and forth over the card. Do you have any concerns with the new iHOPE program and/or are you going to participate? Please CLICK HERE to participate in the survey.

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