The Chamber’s Small Business Committee invites you to kick off the fall season with “The Open Source Office: Almost 101 Free Tools for Business, Daily Life & Beyond” our next Brown Bag Luncheon on Wednesday, September 16th at 11:30 a.m. at the Chamber office.
In this session learn how Information Technology Strategist, Richie Crim from Lord Fairfax Community College uses and delivers Open Source and Cloud based tools to the office, daily life, and beyond. Create your own digital toolbox to quickly perform the most routine to advance office tasks The best part is most of these tools are free to use and most are completely Cloud-Based. Many of the tools shown in this session leave the intended use up to the creativity of the user making for excellent resources in and out of the office. These tools require little to no budget to get operational and most can be setup by a single user with the simple desire to expand their current tool set
Richie Crim is the Information Technology Strategist and Chief Information Officer for Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC). In his current role, Mr. Crim advises the College on key Information Strategies across the organization. He utilizes his hands-on experience deploying enterprise-wide solutions to drive growth across the organization. Also an Adjunct Faculty member at LFCC, Professor Crim enjoys bringing his career to the classroom. He began his post secondary education at LFCC, where he earned an associate’s degree in Network Engineering. He also holds undergraduate degrees in Information Technology from Shepherd University and West Virginia University and a postgraduate degree in Strategic Leadership from Mountain State University. Since 1999, Mr. Crim has also led the technical division for a leading software automation company where his roles included Director of Client Services, Technical Division Manager, and Support Lead. Richie has over 12 years experience in business and technology leadership roles. He has participated in various Information Technology conferences as a keynote speaker and led Technical Focus Groups with emphasis on Technology Infrastructures improvements and considerations.
Held the third Wednesday of every month, this complimentary educational lunch series offers a wide variety of topics presented by Chamber member experts. Lunch is provided and there is no fee for members ($15 for future members) Brown Bag Luncheons are sponsored by: Main Street Daily Grind. RSVP here.
People Inc. is hosting “Front Royal – Get Your Business on the Map with FREE Help from Google” on Wednesday, September 16th from 6-7:30 p.m. at Samuels Public Library.
People in Front Royal and beyond are looking for what you offer and they’re looking online. That’s why People Inc. has teamed up with Google, and local organizations including the Chamber, FR-WC EDA, FRIBA, Royal Oak Computers and Java Media to host a free workshop to help you and your fellow businesses get online and on the map.
Small business owners are invited to attend this FREE workshop and networking opportunity to hear and implement free resources from Google. The first 25 attendees get exclusive Let’s Put Front Royal on the Map swag! Please RSVP here and bring your laptop or tablet device (not required).
Saturday September 12th marks the eighth annual event presented by the Virginia Air Show and sponsored by the Mid Atlantic Ford Dealers and a host of others at the Front Royal – Warren County airport from 10 am to 6 pm. This year is a Wings (Biplanes to Warbirds and from Gliders to exotic aircraft) and Wheels (from Ford Mustangs to Classic Cars and everything in between) event. New this year is a kid’s play area with FREE face painting, an obstacle course, 4 in 1 moon bounce, rock climb, and shooting gallery, plus airplane/biplane rides and everyone gets a souvenir and entry into a raffle with multiple prizes. For the car show participants there are awards for the top 25 in show, best in show, best Mustang, and more. Admission is only $5 (children 6 and under are free as is parking). So, whether you are an aviation or car buff or just looking to have a fun day with the whole family, this is the show for you. In addition to multiple food and other vendors we are also introducing a beer garden with six varieties to choose from. State Farm is also returning with their balsa airplane give away. For more information check out http://www.SkylineWingsAndWheels.com.
Washington, DC’s hometown band, Scythian has announced that tickers are now on sale for Appaloosa, their inaugural roots-based music festival, being held Labor Day weekend. Appaloosa, a Music and Great Outdoors Experience, will be held September 5 & 6 just one hour from DC in Front Royal, VA. The venue is Skyline Ranch Resort, nestled among the beautiful backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail.
Appaloosa features 20+ bands including some of the most critically up-and-coming artists from around the country, playing bluegrass, Americana, Celtic, folk, country, and more. There will be multiple stages and a beer garden, as well as late night jams on Saturday and Sunday nights.
This family-friendly festival offers on-site camping, horseback riding, a petting zoo, fishing pond, playground, mini-golf, and much more. The venue is just a few miles from the main entrance to Shenandoah National Park and the Shenandoah River with great rafting, canoeing, hiking and biking nearby.
Event and ticketing information may be found at http://www.appaloosafestival.com.
The Economic Development Authority announced that it is partnering with Workforce Solutions in providing a CDL training area. The Office of Workforce Solutions at Lord Fairfax Community College is offering a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training this fall for those looking to become a professional truck driver holding a CDL-A endorsement. LFCC Workforce Solutions has partnered with CDS Tractor Trailer Company to bring DCL training to the local area. CDS is committed to providing professional training and job placement assistance to students. Local, regional and over-the-road companies are calling CDS regarding their graduates. Students hear from several trucking company recruiters while attending school, and most have job offers before they graduate. The EDA has offered the range site at the parking lot adjacent to the Avtex Administration Building in Front Royal, where hands on driving practice will take place. The location was secured through the EDA. Valley Proteins, Holtzman Oil and Appalachain Freight donated trucks and trailers. “We are very excited to offer this new program, and what makes the truck driving training even more feasible for local students is the new financial aid opportunities available through LFCC Workforce Solutions which covers many industry credential offerings,” said Guy Curtis, Coordinator of Marketing, Business and Industry Training. “We are happy to be able to assist Workforce Solutions in providing a site for this training program,” said Jennifer McDonald, Executive Director of the EDA. “Workforce training is one of our primary concerns and we want to support it in every way possible.”
Congratulations to new Chamber member Grace Place Christian Store who held a ribbon cutting and grand opening on Saturday, July 25th complete with refreshments and live music and special promotions throughout the day. Grace Place offers Bibles, books, art, music, movies, jewelry, gifts, children’s products and church supplies. They also offer comfortable seating, a special child’s area and fellowship. The store is located at 201 E. Main Street, Front Royal in the Historic Trout Building. The store’s hours are 10 am – 8 pm Monday through Saturday. Follow them on Facebook and visit their website GracePlaceStores.com.
September is right around the corner and that means the Brew & Blues Festival will here soon! This event is growing at a rapid pace – this year we will be offering over 40 varieties of beer including local favorites from Backroom Brewery and MANY other Virginia brews. There are numerous sponsorship opportunities available for this hoppin’ event! You can sponsor one of the beers, you can sponsor the event and new this year – the Designated Driver Tent. Click here for complete sponsorship details or visit www.brewandbluesfestival.com for event details.
Approximately 50 new teachers and staff will join Warren County Public Schools, Randolph-Macon Academy, and other local schools for the 2015-2016 school year. The Chamber’s Education Committee invites the business community to show support for the educators of our community by helping to make this year’s New Teacher Reception a huge success. Along with your financial donations, you are welcome to supply door prizes or items for the welcome bags. Get complete details here.