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Local LOVEVA

We know small businesses are hurting and Retail Alliance would like to lend a hand. In honor of LOVEVA’s 6th Birthday, we will be giving one-year memberships to 6 locally owned minority businesses. Qualified businesses sell products directly to consumers and located in Hampton Roads. Due to the nature of the app, brick & mortar businesses will be given preference. Those that have high contact with consumers, such as regular vendors at farm markets, will also be considered. Winners will be announced on November 16th2020. To nominate, tag or comment the name of the business on the LOVEVA’s social media post announcement, or email us at info@bealocaloveva.com

Happy 6th Birthday!

It was actually 8 years ago that talks and work began on building a regional Buy Local campaign. Two years later the LOVEVA app was born. The past six years have been filled with amazing stories of small businesses doing so much for our community while strengthening our economy. Thank you for being a part of this movement to think local first. During this birthday month we will be sharing fun facts about the only regional Buy Local loyalty app of its kind. The best gift you could give LOVEVA? Share the good news- You only need one app to support hundreds of local businesses. We are in this together. Local now, more than ever.

Be a local LOVEVA and vote for your favorite businesses on the LOVEVA app.

Be a local LOVEVA and vote for your favorite businesses that you use on the LOVEVA app. Voting can be done once per device between April 15th and May 6th. The winner will receive advertising from our generous sponsor ALL NEWS 102, your local radio station, as well as a trophy and banner at our Retailer of the Year Awards. So get voting to get your local faves some love.

LOVEVA Feature on WVEC February 2019

NORFOLK, Va. — “Shop local” campaigns are nothing new – small businesses have had to compete with the big retailers for decades, and here in Hampton Roads it’s no exception.

But a locally powered phone app is connecting consumers to small businesses better than ever before.

It’s called LOVEVA, pronounced love-vah, and while it’s been around a couple of years, it’s now gaining more users thanks to a pretty simple concept.

If you shop or eat a local store or restaurant connected to the app you earn a heart.

When you earn enough hearts, you get deals and discounts in return.

While it sounds like your typical rewards-based program, it’s not.

You can redeem those hearts at any local business in the app, regardless of where you earned the heart.

That includes places that aren’t even in the same city.

The app was created by the non-profit group Retail Alliance out of Norfolk, and hundreds of businesses all over the region are participating.

Instead of trying to compete against the big retailers one on one, small businesses have all banded together to create an entire network of incentivized local shopping.

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