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Welcome New Members

Welcome to the Retail Council of New York State. This welcome "kit" helps you make the most of your membership.

You are currently logged into the Member Section to the Retail Council's website. This is a private, password-protected site filled with resources for your use. We encourage you to look around this site and give its features a test drive!

This is where you'll come to create your promotions. You also have access to a discussion forum to get help with pressing business questions, a member directory to help you connect with other members, a classified ads section to post business related goods and services for sale and much more.

Please visit your profile (My Profile) and update the contents; we also encourage you to change your password to make the site even more secure.

Here is additional information about the Council and all the ways we can be of assistance to your and your business:

 
About the Retail Council

The Council is committed to serving the needs of merchants and related professionals by providing a wide range of products and services that save members both time and money. Learn more about your trade association here:

Programs and Services

The Council’s diverse line of programs and services helps our members to save time and money. Retailers and other businesses looking for a superior credit card processing program, stronger insurance protection, top-notch state government representation and more can find it at the Retail Council of New York State. Learn all the ways we can be of service to you and your business:

Merchant Services - The Retail Council’s Merchant Services Programs offer competitive rates and superior service. For more information or to enroll, contact the Retail Council at (800) 442-3589 or send an email to Rob Leonard at rleonard@retailcouncilnys.com.

Insurance Services - Get the protection you need through the Retail Council’s complete line of affordable insurance products. The Council offers fantastic prices on Workers' Compensation Insurance, Statutory Disability Insurance and much more. For more information or to enroll, contact the Retail Council at (800) 442-3589 or send an email to Rob Leonard at rleonard@retailcouncilnys.com.

Energy Rewards - Earn Cash Back on your electricity and natural gas usage. For more information or to enroll, contact Energy Plus, the program administrator, at 1 (877) 770-3372 and use Offer Code RET-6131. Or visit www.EnergyPlusRewards.com/RetailCouncil6131.

Discount Shipping - Save money on your outbound and inbound shipping. Frieght services available. For more information or to enroll, contact Partnership, the program administrator, at (800) 599-2902, sales@PartnerShip.com or www.PartnerShip.com/56rcNYS.

Workplace Law Consulting - Get answers to your pressing questions using this hotline service. Up to 20-minute free consultation provided. Call (914) 328-0404 or (518) 434-1300 and tell the receptionist you are a Retail Council member with a Hotline Call.

Information Services - You have a ton of useful information right at your fingertips as a Retail Council member:

  • The New York State Retailer, our hardcopy newsletter is mailed six times a year.
  • Retail Link, our e-newsletter, is sent monthly.
  • Retail University Webinars, our educational series, is hosted in the spring.
  • Like us on Facebook to receive regular updates on regulatory matters and other useful news.

Be sure to explore the Member Section to see past issues of newsletters and webinars we've offered members.

I Shop NY - Get the latest updates on I Shop NY, which offers free marketing to members, and learn how to post your first promotion!

Marketing Services - Receive discounts on marketing services from Burst Marketing. For more information contact Dave Vener at (866) 280-8202 or email him at dvener@burstmarketing.net.

Read about all your Retail Council benefits in these helpful flyers:

About Retail Council Services Corp.

Retail Council Services Corp. is the wholly owned subsidiary of the Retail Council of New York State and administers many of the benefit programs outlined above to members of the Retail Council. You may receive correspondence from time to time from Retail Council Services Corp. (RCSC) and other providers of service to Retail Council of New York State members. Current Retail Council service providers include: Energy Plus, Global Payments Direct, Inc., Jackson Lewis LLP, New York State Insurance Fund, PartnerShip and The Winfield Group.

The Retail Council believes its members will be fully satisfied with its endorsed programs, but we can neither guarantee nor be held responsible for the sufficiency or quality of the services provided by endorsed organizations. Members are cautioned to fully understand their rights and obligations before entering into agreements with the third party providers of programs.

Government Relations
Retail Council Government Relations Team, L to R: Jim Sherin, Melissa O'Connor and Ted Potrikus.

Retail Council Government Relations Team, L to R: Jim Sherin, Melissa O'Connor and Ted Potrikus.

The Retail Council is proud of its long history of defending the retail industry before the New York State Legislature and regulatory agencies. We monitor hundreds of bills on a variety of issues each year and fight tooth and nail for the best interests of our members.

Learn more about the Council's government relations activities:

  • The Council's current Legislative Agenda - A summary of our priorities for the current legislative session, which runs from January to June each year.
  • 2012 Legislative Summary - A recap of the activity in the New York State Legislature and the Council's response for the last legislative session.
  • Receive legislative updates - The Council's legislative agenda is shaped by members like you. Email Alison Walsh or Melissa O'Connor to receive email updates on our work before the state Legislature.