Member Benefits through VSFA & VRGA

Members of VSFA have access to an array of benefits including: a business profile on VSFA's Member Directory, business education webinars and resources, opportunities with regional and national market events, and much more. Our exclusive and most highly valued benefit is the VSFA Listserv, a group email discussion list. VSFA Members are Associate Members of the Vermont Retail & Grocers Association which offers VSFA members access to VRGA's money-saving benefit programs. Below you will find overviews on the VSFA Listserv and the various benefits offered through VRGA. Please note: a cancelation or non-renewal of membership will eliminate access to all benefits.

Business Owner’s and Worker’s Compensation Insurance HR, Workplace Policy and OSHA Guidance

Vermont Retail & Grocers Association is pleased to endorse a comprehensive insurance portfolio of property and casualty insurance and worker’s compensation through Acadia Insurance. Participating members can earn dividends when the group meets targeted loss ratios. The Richards Group is the endorsed agent, however the program can be accessed with any appointed Acadia agent. Click here to search for your local Acadia agent.

For members who are clients of The Richards Group there are a number of additional benefits:

The Richards Group offers support with HR initiatives and OSHA compliance for all VRGA members. The certified professionals at The Richards Group can help with everything from planning and document preparation (individualized health and safety plans, employee handbooks, preparation and policies to handle workplace violence/conflict) to OSHA certification for employees and owners. 

Members gain access to The Richards Group Portal as well, a one stop shop for workplace policy guidance. Available 24/7, the portal empowers you with the flexibility to find information when you need it.

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Multi-state 401K program only available through retail associations

 What's a MEP? View the video below for a guide!

Provide great retirement plans to yourself and your staff, without the high cost and time drain of paperwork oversight.This plan will reduce employer costs and the retailer's required oversight of their private plan. VRGA is excited to partner with Lincoln Financial Group to offer this unique retirement plan to our members.

Why choose a MEP (Multiple Employer Retirement Plan)? The Vermont Retail and Grocers Association MEP 401k Plan affords employers the following benefits:

  • Full Plan Design Flexibility
  • Elimination of your Form 5500
  • Elimination of your Annual Audit if applicable
  • Elimination of your ERISA Bond
  • Elimination of your need for Fiduciary Liability Insurance
  • World Class Recordkeeping (Lincoln Financial Group)
  • Institutional Investment Options
  • 3(38) Fiduciary Investment Management
  • 3(16) Outsourced Plan Administration
  • Low cost and high savings!

Still have questions? Read up on what makes our MEP work for you or reach out to one of our partners, Jason Stannard.

"Working with Lincoln Financial was a wonderful experience. Everything was very smooth, from setup to implementation. Jason Stannard did a great job of guiding me through the process, and the team at Lincoln Financial made the actual transaction and transition a breeze. We ended up saving over $12,000 annually and have less to manage on our end. - Chris Henry, President, The Medical Store

 

Delta Dental Insurance Program

Offer your employees the same benefits large employers do! Whether you employ two people or 100, VRGA Members can offer their employees access to dental benefits from the nation’s leading dental insurance carrier. That means they will receive the same benefits, quality of care, and access to dentists offered by bigger businesses.

Northeast Delta Dental is part of America’s largest and most experienced dental insurance provider as well as a local company doing business in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. They cover nearly one million of your neighbors locally and more than 80 million people in more than 141,000 groups across the United States. Delta Dental’s panel of dentists is the nation’s most extensive: 4 out of 5 dentists nationwide participate in their networks, and even more locally. Their unique dual network provides both choice and value to your employees. Northeast Delta Dental members are free to see any dentist they wish but generally receive the most value from their benefits when receiving care from a participating provider. 

Our partnership with Delta Dental means you have access to a variety of affordable plan options with no minimum enrollments.

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Payroll Processing

Payroll, HR and Employee management doesn’t need to be such as process. Allow our local team of trained professionals to take the pain out of pay day, with our scalable workforce management solutions. You’ll be amazed at how simple it is to integrate hiring, payroll, timekeeping, and HR compliance.

PayData’s hyper-friendly staff is ready to help elevate your workforce management, with cost saving and compliant ready solutions.  Our Vermont based business provides platforms which interface with your point of sale and accounting systems.  Better management of your employee time tracking & schedules are a click away.

Our 30-year young company is here to help you with your workforce challenges. We look forward to learning more about how we can help. Put us to work!

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VSFA Listserv

A Listserv is a group email discussion list. Members maintain direct access and communicate via emails with fellow producers and industry professionals. Members are encouraged to email this group to ask industry-related questions, offer advice, and share recommendations. VSFA uses the platform Topicbox which comes with a whole bunch of bells and whistles including subscription options and message archive so members never miss out on important information.

Custom, reduced rate, shipping options

Unishippers of Burlington, VT, locally owned and operated, is an association of over 300,000 individual companies, nationwide, who have combined their shipping needs to qualify for the deep discounts that very large corporate accounts qualify for. Unishippers is a full service shipping company. Offering a large selection of proven and reliable carriers like UPS for your small packages and over 35 freight carriers for heavier freight. As professional shipping consultants, Unishippers creates completely individualized shipping solutions for our customers.

To learn more visit unishippers.com or contact Len Rubin, Owner, Unishippers of Burlington, VT 802-862-4889 or email at len.rubin@Unishippers.com

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Credit-Debit Card Processing

VRGA knows that members get bombarded with credit card processing offers on a daily basis. That is why we took our time and sourced out the best possible partnership. Retail Council Services Corp. (RCSC) offers members one of the industry's most competitively priced processing services for your customer credit and debit card transactions. VRGA members who take advantage of RCSC's processing generally save anywhere between 10-40%.

When you join VRGA’s program through RCSC, you’ll receive your choice of:

  • A free EMV card reader for your smartphone or tablet (or a Bluetooth reader for $50)

OR

  • an EMV, Contactless Pay countertop terminal for $50 ($500 value!)

RCSC also offers VEND point-of-sale (POS) software, Lavu POS for restaurants and bars, E-commerce and ATMs.

Contact Carly, Nicholl or Michele at 800-442-3589 or info@rcnys.com for your free, no-obligation savings analysis. You can also upload your statements at www.rcscusa.com/save.

 

“Barrister’s Book Shop has been very happy with the credit card processing program handled by RCSC as a member benefit of VRGA. We have been using the program for 13 years and have had no issues that have not been quickly resolved. The service is great!” - Amy McDowell from Barrister’s Book Shop South Royalton, VT

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