BECOMING A MEMBER OF RAM IS ONE OF THE BEST DECISIONS YOU CAN MAKE FOR YOUR BUSINESS.  
By joining you gain access to exclusive, money saving discounts on services and programs, legislative updates and advocacy as well as valuable educational opportunities. We aim to help you grow and protect your business, promote the retail industry and save your business money.

Advocacy

As the active voice of the retailing community, RAM represents members and their interests before all branches of state government in an effort to protect, preserve and promote the thriving retail sector of the Massachusetts economy. RAM's staff of registered lobbyists remains keenly engaged in the debate and discussion on both the legislative and regulatory fronts with regard to all issues that impact the retail community. RAM breaks down the issues so you can clearly see the potential impact they could have on your business.

State House Update: The Fall Agenda

 

Governor Baker to Keynote 99th RAM Annual Meeting & RAMAE Luncheon

Governor Charlie Baker will address retailers at the annual RAM Awards of Excellence (RAMAE) luncheon on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at The Conference Center at Bentley University in Waltham.

Mike Nikitas of NECN will present awards including Retailer of the Year and Restaurant of the Year.

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Sales Tax Initiative Leveraging Debate on How Government Affects Sales and Operating Costs on Main Streets

The Retailers Association of Massachusetts has been investing considerable time and resources this fall to qualify a ballot initiative to reduce the sales tax rate back to the 2009 level of 5.0%, as well as to authorize an annual August two day sales tax holiday.  Our membership polling clearly showed overwhelming support for the Association to take this rare step.  As an industry, we have not used the ballot initiative mechanism since 1994, when the voters approved a RAM sponsored measure to make Massachusetts the last state in the nation to allow stores to open on Sunday mornings, and on the three summer national holidays. .  

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Free e-Training for Members

RAM is pleased to offer social media and e-commerce training to retailers throughout the state of Massachusetts. The training is free for employers and employees whose organization pays into the state Workforce Development Fund. All for-profit employers with payroll employees in Massachusetts contribute to the Workforce Training Fund.  Some nonprofit organizations with payroll employees in Massachusetts contribute to the Workforce Training Fund, but others do not.


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RAM PREDICTS LOCAL HOLIDAY SALES INCREASES OF 3.1% 

Stable Consumer Confidence and Year to Date Trends Should Help Massachusetts Retailers Boost Sales

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Retail Association Multiple Employer 401k Retirement Plan Benefit 

Providing a retirement plan for your employees is not without its challenges. Access to the expertise and experience you need may seem beyond the financial reach of your business. In fact, that's just one reason why 86% of employers with less than 100 employees don't offer retirement plans to their workforce. And if you do have a plan, you know how expensive and time consuming it is.

RAM now has an option for members who currently have a 401k plan as well an option for members who want to create a 401k.

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