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CHAMBER NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS


 

 
 

SBA Program Update 

Your invited to a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, April 21st at 1 p.m. featuring Christine Kriz, Director of the Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Center.  Christine will provide an update on SBA programs and cover 5 Things Your Business Can Do Right Now.  The meeting will also include an update on the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority Small Business Loan Program by Executive Director Doug Parsons.

Christine has over 25 years of business and industry experience.  Her background includes human resources management, programming, marketing, training, project management, public speaking, market research and development, and consulting for small businesses.  Christine’s passion is to help foster small business success and assist in the growth of Virginia’s economy. Prior to this role, Christine was the CEO of the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce where she quickly became known for getting things done for business and for a swift increase in membership. As a focused business professional of many years she understands the demands of running a business.  She was awarded the Small Business Development Center Director of the year for the state of Virginia for 2019.  

Join Zoom Meeting
https://vccs.zoom.us/j/93994177839

Meeting ID: 939 9417 7839

Contact Niki Foster, nfoster@frontroyalchamber.com or Doug Parsons, dparson@wceda.com to RSVP or with questions.

 
 

COVID-19 Resources and Helpful Information

Click here for resources and helpful information regarding COVID-19.

 
 

To our businesses and community

These are challenging times.  The safety and well being of our members, partners, and staff is of the upmost importance.  After careful deliberation, we have announced the cancellation of the March Business After Hours, we will also reschedule the Leadership Session – Public Safety and the Vows in the Valley Bridal Showcase.  

We’re here to help. As of today (March 19th), the Chamber office is open and staffed as normal.  As the situation continues to evolve should we decide to close the office, we will be available via phone 540-635-3185 or email info@frontroyalchamber.com.

We stand ready to assist you.  Please do not hesitate to reach out should you have questions.  We’d also like to hear your ideas.  If you think of things we can be doing to assist our local businesses and community, let us know.

We understand how difficult this situation is for everyone.  Below you’ll find some resources to assist businesses in traversing this uncharted territory.

We’ll get through this together.

U.S. Chamber Resources & Guidelines for Business
 
SBA Guidance for Business & Employers
 
CDC Information for Businesses & Employers
 
SBA COVID 19 Disaster Assistance

Virginia Department of Health Considerations for Businesses & Employers

Virginia Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Resource Center

National Association of Manufacturers COVID-19 Resources

 
 

Gordmans Brand Bash Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting

 
 

Spring Bowling Event

 
 

Small Business Committee Business I.Q. Event

Join us at On Cue Sports Bar & Grill for a Business I.Q. & Networking Event on Thursday, February 13th beginning at 10:45 a.m.

The Chamber’s Small Business Committee invites you for networking and viewing of the webinar “Mastering Control of Your Cash Flow”. This webinar was featured at the 2019 National Small Business Week Virtual Conference.   Details and RSVP here.

 
 

January Business After Hours

January Business After Hours
Hosted by: TownePlace Suites
Where: 5 Caroline Drive, Front Royal
When: Tuesday, January 28th, 5:30 p.m.

TownePlace Suites, Front Royal’s newest hotel features 84 rooms and is conveniently located off of 522 North. TownePlace is one of Front Royal’s newest chamber members having a Grand Opened in August 2019. The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, generous exercise space, onsite guest laundry, and outdoor patio featuring a firepit and Weber Grill station. In addition to these guest amenities, each guest room boasts a complete kitchen setup with full size fridge, stove top, dishwasher and counter and cabinet space. Hotel guests can enjoy a hot breakfast every morning and are treated to a small but well stocked marketplace that features a local cider. The team at TownePlace is equipped to assist the everyday traveler, but specializes in those needing an extend stay..

Join us on January 28th for an up close look at our newest hotel and tour of a hotel room. Light refreshments and great networking provided. RSVP here.

Business After Hours offer attendees a relaxed but purposeful networking atmosphere, capped off with some great drawings and giveaways. Spend some time catching up with friends, making new business contacts, enjoying refreshments and of course NETWORKING! Business After Hours is the Chamber’s longest running and most popular networking event.

 
 

Get Involved in 2020!

2020 Committee Opportunities include:
Education Committee advocates and assists members in supporting a K through life philosophy of education by providing opportunities for education/business partnerships, providing education information to members and the community through forums, workshops, and social media, and hosting or facilitating events to include: New Teacher Reception, Ethics Workshop and Leadership Front Royal-Warren County.  Meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Chamber office.  Chair:  Jeff Hinson, Rappahannock Electric.

Event Committees promote the community and the Chamber through events focused on fundraising, community development and promotion, and/or professional development.  These include:

  • Annual Dinner & Awards (Seasonal meetings February-June)
  • Bowling Tournament (Seasonal meetings January-March & August-October)
  • Christmas Parade & Celebration (Seasonal Meetings July-December)
  • Millionaire Maker Golf Event (Seasonal meetings January-May)
  • River & Brews Festival (Seasonal meetings March-September)
  • Vows in the Valley Bridal Show (Seasonal meetings TBD)
  • Wine & Craft Festival (Seasonal meetings September-May)

Legislative Committee works to promote and enhance the business climate by assuming a proactive role on local, state, and national issues by organizing Candidates Forums, Legislative and Community Government forums, and monitors legislation for issues affecting our membership.  Meets quarterly.

Small Business Committee seeks to facilitate the prosperity and community engagement of local small businesses through education, networking opportunities, and enhanced business resources.  Meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at the Chamber office.  Chair:  Bryon Biggs, Edward Jones.

Why join a committee?  Committees are a great way to grow your network, engage with the community, and make a difference.  Committee participation is free and open to all Chamber members and their employees.  Not sure which committee might be the right fit for you?  Call the Chamber at 540.635.3185 or drop by and we’ll be happy to discuss your options.  Want to join a committee?  Send an email to nfoster@frontroyalchamber.com to be added to the committee email list.

Pictured above:  Leadership FR-WC Participants touring the Dominion Energy Warren County Power Station

 
 

Happy New Year!! We’d like to extend a huge thank you to our members, sponsors, and the community for making 2019 a great year for the Chamber. We look forward to a prosperous, impactful 2020 for everyone!