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Irish Spring Festival Approaching!

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, March 7th from 10 am until 6pm at Holiday Inn & Suites Blue Ridge Shadows Conference Center at the 1st Annual Irish Spring Festival organized by POPA (Power of Partnership Alliance).  The event will include local food vendors/restaurants, crafts, antiques, jewelry, Irish music and dancers and of course beer!  Activities throughout the day include:  Pot of Gold Raffle, Kiss the Blarney Stone for luck, Best Costume contest, Best themed booth award, face painting and more.  Cost for a booth space is $50 with a limit of 50 booths.  Admission is FREE to the public and $20 in advance/$25 at the gate for beer drinkers.  Cost of admission includes lighted souvenir pilsner mug.  Visit www.IrishSpringFestival.com for complete details.

 
 

State of Community Luncheons Continue

Join us for the first luncheon of 2015 “State of the Commonwealth” on Tuesday, March 10th at 11:30 am at Holiday Inn.  We’ll hear from our state representatives about the most recent legislative session and audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions. Senator Mark Obenshain has confirmed his attendance at this event.   Cost to attend is $15 for members/$25 for non-members.  All proceeds benefit the Chamber.  Thanks to our sponsors: The Apple House, City National Bank, Culligan of Front Royal, United Bank, CenturyLink, First Citizens Bank, Melanie Hamel – Weichert Realtors, The River 95.3 FM, Bowling Green Country Club, Union Bank & Trust, Main Street Daily Grind, Shotton Design, Aire Serv Heating & Cooling, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative and Centennial Broadcasting II, LLC.  RSVP to the Chamber at info@frontroyalchamber.com or 540-635-3185.

 
 

“Pursuit of the Happy Experience: Enhancing Customer Service & Minimizing Loss”

photo[1]Results of our January Small Business Committee survey of members showed that Customer Service is ranked as a top issue for businesses.  As a result of that information,  Dr. Sherri Yoder, Crown Behavior Services will present “Pursuit of the Happy Experience:  Enhancing Customer Service & Minimizing Loss” on Wednesday, March 18th at 11:30 am.  Participants will gain insight on the following components of customer service:

  1. Identification of consumer-directed customer service standards;
  2. Evaluation of quality of customer service within his/her organization;
  3. Decisive and graceful resolution of customer complaints/issues, and;
  4. Formulation of simple and effective measures to improve customer-directed employee performance.

Register at info@frontroyalchamber.com or 540-635-3185.  Space is limited.  Brown Bag Luncheons are free for members and $15 for non-members.  Lunch is provided.  Thanks to our Brown Bag Luncheon Sponsors:   Java Media and Main Street Daily Grind.

 
 

Town of Front Royal seeking Planning Commission Citizen Appointment

Town logoThe Front Royal Town Council is accepting resumes or applications from citizens who are interested in serving on the Front Royal Planning Commission. To be eligible for appointment to the Planning Commission, applicants must be freeholders of land and reside within the Town limits of Front Royal. The Planning Commission meets formally once a month, and in worksessions as needed.

If you are interested in serving on the Planning Commission, please complete an application or send a resume with a cover letter to jberry@frontroyalva or:

Mayor & Town Council
P. O. Box 1560
Front Royal, Virginia 22630

Application forms are available at Town Administration Building and here.

 
 

A NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT

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Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that the holidays are over and another year has passed. It’s true what they say, time flies when you’re having fun!

We’re excited here at the Chamber because 2015 marks our 75th year of serving as the voice of business in our community. Many things have happened along the way and we are planning to celebrate all of those wonderful accomplishments and challenges throughout the year in various ways as we move forward and continue to work towards our mission of promoting and supporting our membership by serving as its voice, providing relevant programs, encouraging leadership and creating a strong business climate and a vibrant community. (more…)

 
 

FR-WC EDA IS WORKING FOR FRONT ROYAL & WARREN COUNTY

Front Royal/Warren County EDAEDA has recently announced: the opening of the Dulles/Schnabel manufacturing facility on Strasburg Road with the completion of a 55,000 square foot renovation and the creation of 5 new highly-skilled jobs with 25 more in the next two years;

The arrival of Nature’s Touch frozen foods packaging and distribution center with an investment of $1.8 million and the creation of 25 new jobs;

The expansion of InterChange Port Services to an additional 126,000 square foot facility!

The purchase of the Afton Inn (Main Street Gateway) and ensuing discussions with an experienced re-developer. The purchase of Stokes Mart (Main & Water Streets) and subsequent lease for upscale seasonal goods and products store.